Signs of the times

By Country News on December 03, 2015

Signs encouraging the local community to help in the fight against Queensland fruit fly are popping up across Moira and Berrigan shires.

The signs are the next phase in the joint ‘No Flies On Us!’ campaign by Moira and Berrigan shire councils in partnership with the Cobram and District Fruit Growers Association.

‘‘The signs reflect the messages we have been delivering for several months — it’s a battle that requires the whole community to help and everyone can do something,’’ Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said.

As a long-time Cobram resident, Cr Cleveland said he was aware of the challenges faced by local fruit growers and residents.

‘‘From Bundalong to Barmah local gardeners and residents have shared stories about how they lost crops of tomatoes, peaches, apples and lemons to Queensland fruit fly last season,’’ Cr Cleveland said.

‘‘All of us want to get on top of this problem. The signs are a visual reminder to locals and visitors of the fruit fly risk and the contribution we can all make to tackling the problem.’’

Berrigan and Moira shire councils have installed 24 signs along local roads that promote key messages, including ‘Pick, Prune Protect!’ and ‘It’s a community effort!’.

Cobram and District Fruit Growers Association president Tony Siciliano congratulated the councils on their efforts to raise awareness of the fruit fly risk and the practical steps they are taking to tackle the problem.

‘‘As an industry we are calling on everyone to partner with us to make sure we continue to enjoy some of the best and cleanest fruit and vegetables in the world, grown in our local backyards, orchards and vegetable farms,’’ Mr Siciliano said.

By Country News on December 03, 2015
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