• Hannah Phillips

Regional Communities Set To Fight Fruit Fly

The Victorian State Government is helping growers and the horticulture industry to tackle fruit fly head on with Round 2 of the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program now open.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford encourages regional and rural communities across the state to apply for funding through the $6.7 million program.

“Queensland Fruit Fly is a serious pest and needs a collaborative approach to reduce its impact on the state’s horticultural industries, which are worth $1.1 billion to Victoria’s export economy.

“The program builds on work already done in the sector and will play an important role in helping the community and industry to continue to manage Queensland Fruit Fly.

“Managing fruit fly is everyone’s responsibility and these grants are enabling industry and the community to take ownership on issues relevant to their region, which we know give us the best results," she said.

The program supports a coordinated and collaborative approach to Queensland fruit fly management across Victoria, with a special focus on projects that contribute to protecting local horticulture industries.

8 grant applications were approved in the first round of the program – in the Goulburn Murray Valley, Greater Sunraysia and Yarra Valley regions.

Endorsed by their respective regional governance groups, the successful grant applicants demonstrated how they would support the implementation of Regional Action Plans by raising awareness of fruit fly in their communities.

Queensland fruit fly poses a significant threat to Victoria’s growing horticulture industry, disrupting production and trade worldwide.

Community support for managing the pest is vital to protecting Victoria’s multi-million dollar fruit industry and home gardens across the state.

Grants are now open to horticultural industry groups, local government authorities, not-for-profit organisations and community groups in rural and regional Victoria up to $5,000 through the program.

Larger grants, aligning to existing Regional Action Plans, are also available in specific horticultural regions.

For more information about the Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program and how to apply, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/qff-grants.