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September forum to tackle fruit fly

The Queensland Fruit Fly was discussed a Murray Shire meeting on Tuesday afternoon - with plans being made for two public forums.

RHIANNON HORRELL August 20, 2014 5:51pm
Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich is imploring Moama residents to take an active role in tackling the Queensland Fruit Fly.
‘‘We’ve got a terrible problem with fruit fly. It’s unmanageable.’’
Cr Weyrich said it has a devastating effect — particularly on fruit trees — but efforts to curb the fruit fly are useless unless there’s widespread community buy-in.
‘‘If there’s five people who do something about it and 15 who don’t then it’s no good.’’
The fruit fly has the potential to infest a wide range of horticultural crops, garden plants, native plants and weeds and Cr Weyrich said Moama is the main area affected.
A fruit fly forum is now on the cards for next month.
As part of a report tabled at the Murray Shire meeting this week, it said the issue of the QFF has been deregulated and the government is not funding the control in NSW.
Two two-hour fruit fly public forums, in conjunction with Campaspe Shire, will take place in the evening of September 18 and the morning of September 19. 
Seed Savers Albury Wodonga group member Lou Bull will speak, along with local nurseries and rural companies. 
Venues are yet to be confirmed. 
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