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Videos launched to help prevent the spread of Queensland fruit fly

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The City of Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander Shire Council have jointly launched a series of engaging educational videos to raise awareness on how to help stop the spread of Queensland fruit fly in the region.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the five videos provided easy tips for residents on how to protect fruit and vegetables in their backyard from Queensland fruit fly and how best to deal with affected produce and trees.

“These yellow-patterned pests may only be 7mm long, but they have the potential to cause serious devastation, not only to the wonderful fruit and vegetables that residents take pride in growing in their gardens, but also to the horticulture industry in the wider region,” Cr O’Rourke said.

These engaging videos, produced by Storyland, feature Ernie, an animated Queensland fruit fly intent on destroying fruit and vegetables. The videos explain clearly how simple tips can stop Ernie in his tracks. 

“It’s important to know how to deal with fruit fly effectively if you spot them in your garden. By understanding how they breed and feed, we can all help in trying to stop the spread of this destructive fruit fly in our region and these videos are a great guide on what to do. We hope that the videos will encourage residents to take action.”

Mount Alexander Manager Economy and Culture David Leathem said that Queensland fruit fly live in and around Central Victoria which was why the shires have collaborated on the educational videos.

“By working together, we can reduce the spread of fruit fly in the region and protect our multi-million dollar horticulture industry, as well as all the amazing fruit and vegetables that people grow in their backyard,” he said.

Both councils are working closely with Agriculture Victoria, which is the lead authority on managing fruit fly.

Visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/fruitfly to view the videos. For more information on what you can do to combat Queensland fruit fly, please visit: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au or call their Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

 

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