Industry management of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area
Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Committee
The new Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Committee will oversee pest control efforts in Sunraysia on behalf of citrus, stone fruit and table grape growers.
The Committee will be chaired by Paul Grigg and includes representatives from Sunraysia Citrus Growers, the Swan Hill Summer Fruits Development Association and the Australian Table Grape Association.
The Victorian Government worked closely with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and industry bodies to prepare the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Order in 2014.
The Committee will manage prevention and eradiation activities targeted at controlling Queensland Fruit Fly. Growers in the area will pay a charge towards these activities if they have at least 150 of citrus fruit bearing trees; or produce at least 1,000kg of stone fruit or table grapes per annum.
The charge in the first year will be $3.00 per tonne. Growers will have the opportunity in each year to vote on the charge, which can be no greater than $3.50 per tonne. The charge will be collected at packing sheds for citrus growers and when buying boxes from a box supplier for packing stone fruit and table grapes.
There is an opportunity for growers to apply to the Committee for an exemption from paying the charge if they can prove they do not receive any benefit from the services.
In February 2015, the Victorian Government announced funding of $780,000 to enable activities to continue ahead of industry management being in place.