An initiative aimed at combating the impact of the Queensland Fruit Fly means residents may qualify for free unwanted fruit tree removal.
Fruit trees growing on urban residential land have been flagged as a concern to fruit growers, given they can encourage the breeding of QFF, say the local action group.
The initiative implemented across Greater Shepparton, Moira Shire, Campaspe Shire and Strathbogie Shire is to encourage owners of urban residential land to apply to have unwanted fruit trees removed without cost.
It arose from the Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Action Plan.
‘‘Fruit trees you no longer require or are unable to maintain can provide breeding grounds for QFF, which in turn can have a serious impact on our fruit growing industry and our home gardens,’’ a statement from the action group said.
Given funds are limited, applications will be assessed and actioned accordingly, the action group said.
‘‘QFF is a serious concern for regions that have a significant agricultural footprint such as Greater Shepparton, Moira, Campaspe and Strathbogie,’’ Fruit Fly Co-ordinator Ross Abberfield said.
‘‘This is one of the several actions that have arisen from the GMVFFAP.’’
■Applications to have fruit trees removed from urban residential land are available at participating council/shire offices.