As part of the Fruit Fly Action Plan, the State Government has allocated funding to the Managing Fruit Fly – Regional Grants Program to raise awareness and strengthen the coordination and collaboration of fruit fly management activities across the state.
Grants will be funded in two rounds.
Round 1 regional grants
In Round One of the Grants Program, eight grant applications were approved 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 and delivering management programs at a local level.
|Who||How Much||To Fund|
|Moira Shire Council||$398,861||A Regional Coordinator, for two years and six months, to project manage the implementation of the Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Action Plan.|
|Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Committee||$332,325||A Regional Coordinator, for two years, to project manage the implementation of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Operational Plan.|
|Agribusiness Yarra Valley on behalf of the Yarra Valley Regional Governance Group||$296,760||A Regional Coordinator, for two years, to project manage the implementation of the Yarra Valley Regional Action Plan.|
|Moira Shire Council on behalf of the Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Governance Group||$374,200||Awareness raising through a media campaign, grower and community workshops, host tree registration and removals, local signage and a community engagement program.|
|Moira Shire Council on behalf of the Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Governance Group||$261,520||The establishment of a trapping grid throughout the Goulburn Murray Region, which will be used to inform local fruit fly control efforts and planning.|
|The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Committee||$997,093||A comprehensive hygiene program to: identify fruit fly hot spots, deploy extra traps in those areas and remove unwanted and affected host trees; introduce mass baiting in Victorian townships; and educate landholders about best practice control methods for fruit fly. The ultimate goal of this program is to eradicate QFF populations and re-establish the Greater Sunraysia area as a pest-free region.|
|Agribusiness Yarra Valley Inc. on behalf of the Yarra Valley Regional Governance Group||$110,000||A fruit fly early detection and monitoring program, a risk mitigation plan and resources for community engagement activities to increase awareness of the risks of fruit flies and effective ways to manage them to ensure the area remains QFF free.|
|Box Hill Institute in the Yarra Valley||$83,500||The development of a school program and risk mitigation masterclass for business and social research by a University of Melbourne Master's candidate on community engagement.|
Successful recipients of Round One Regional Grants
Round 2 regional grants
A second round of grants will be released in late 2017.
These programs will:
- Raise community awareness through education and engagement activities
- Support community action on fruit fly
- Enable horticultural industries to deliver on regional Action Plans in the Goulburn Murray Valley, Greater Sunraysia and the Yarra Valley.
For more information please email FruitFlyGrants@ecodev.vic.gov.au.