Queensland fruit fly grants for regional Victoria

We are empowering regional industries and communities to take the lead on fruit fly management in their local area. This is through the Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria — Regional Grants program.

Queensland fruit fly community grants 2019

Community grants of up to $5000 (excluding GST) were available to eligible applicants in rural and regional Victoria to support:

  • the regional coordination of fruit fly management activities
  • the delivery of localised on-ground community control programs
  • local communication and engagement activities to raise awareness of, and increase participation in, fruit fly management by stakeholders in regional Victoria.

Successful community grant recipients for 2019

Nineteen community grant applications were approved in 2019 for regional Victoria. The successful grant applicants demonstrated how they would raise awareness of fruit fly in their communities and support community-wide action to manage fruit fly.

WhoHow muchTo fund

Benalla Rural City Council

$4925

Removal of rogue fruit trees from council managed nature strips and road reserves in the Benalla Rural City Council area.

This project will also assist the aged and disabled to manage fruit trees at home.

Birchip Landcare Group

$5000

A public information day at the Birchip Cropping Group.

The group will also distribute fruit fly traps and bait for monitoring and control.

Campaspe Shire Council

$5000

Removal of unwanted and unmanaged fruit trees from the roadside in Campaspe Shire.

Edi Black Range Catchment Group Inc.

$5000

One of five Landcare groups collaborating within the Ovens Landcare Network to provide workshops, information sessions, training and control products.

Fruit Growers Association

$4924

Supply of QFF traps for orchardists to provide trapping data and awareness amongst neighbouring residential and urban properties.

Greta Valley Landcare Group

$5000

One of the five Landcare groups collaborating within the Ovens Landcare Network to provide workshops, information sessions, training and control products.

Harcourt Valley Fruit Fly Action Group Inc.

$5000

Develop an Emergency Outbreak Plan for the Harcourt Valley and fund four Emergency Outbreak Kits.

Kooloonong Natya Landcare Group

$4000

Control of Prickly Pear which is a host of fruit fly on horticultural properties in the Kooloonong Natya region in Greater Sunraysia.

Lions Club of Beechworth Inc.

$2500

Educate home gardeners, commercial growers and the general community about the simple steps that can be taken to protect vegetables, berries and fruit trees against fruit fly.

The group plans to disseminate information and will hold an expo and workshop day.

Mount Alexander Shire Council

$5000

Facilitate a community awareness campaign to support the delivery of the Emergency Fruit Fly Outbreak Plan for Harcourt and Mount Alexander Shire.

A series of workshops will be delivered to the public on the outbreak plan.

Organic and Regenerative Investment Cooperative

$5000

The project will survey the industry, create a specialised workshop, documentation for the industry on prevention and treatment and create an online resource that can be shared across the organic industry.

Ovens Landcare Network Inc.

$5000

One of the five Landcare groups collaborating within the Ovens Landcare Network to provide workshops, information sessions, training and control products.

Rotary Club of Benalla

$4977

Continuing on from their community-based control program, the Rotary Club will expand this to involve other non-profit organisations such as the Lions Club, The Mens' Shed, Benalla Sustainable Futures Group and Probus Clubs.

Swan Hill Rural City Council

$4500

Identify abandoned or rogue trees and provide an early and immediate intervention of collecting fruit and then placing traps (or renewing baits) to prevent further outbreaks.

VFF Peninsula Branch

$5000

Raise awareness and educate community and growers of the importance of managing fruit fly the Peninsula peri urban horticultural region.

Watchem Progress Association

$2540

Raise awareness and provide traps to the local Watchem community.

Whorouly Landcare Group Inc

$5000

One of the five Landcare groups collaborating within the Ovens Landcare Network to provide workshops, information sessions, training and control products.

Wodonga City Council

$4300

A combined effort by the council and community to run awareness raising and DIY baiting stations workshops.

Wooragee Landcare Group Inc.

$5000

One of the five Landcare groups collaborating within the Ovens Landcare Network to provide workshops, information sessions, training and control products.

Queensland fruit fly community grant stories

Watch the stories of previous community grant recipients. Find out how they used their grants to lead Queensland fruit fly control and awareness programs in their local areas to support community led action.

Greta Valley Landcare Group's story

A short video featuring Sally Day from the Greta Valley Landcare Group. Sally shares her story about leading Queensland fruit fly control and awareness programs in her local area to support community led action.

[Sally Day, Greta Valley Landcare Group]

Fruit fly has been here for a number of years and will continue to be here. We're in an area with a large number of vineyards and orchards. So having our community be aware of the impacts of their actions and how that can affect commercial growers has been really important. I think the single biggest impact our project has had in this area is that we've been able to deliver practical, methods of control for our members and our community. This has been a great project for our Landcare Groups and the Ovens Landcare Network. It's allowed us to engage very closely with local community through our farmers markets and produce stalls where we've had displays. It's in the community's interests to really help and support our orchard industry and our viticulture industry because they employ a lot of people in our region and from a tourism point of view they're also a key driver for visitors to this area.

Bendigo Community Fruit Group's story

A short video featuring Nicole Porter from Bendigo Community Fruit. Nicole shares her story about leading Queensland fruit fly control and awareness programs in her local area to support community led action.

[Nicole Porter, Bendigo Community Fruit]

We're focusing on managing Queensland fruit fly by pruning fruit trees in people's backyards and teaching people how to make fruit fly traps and a little bit about the management. They are incredibly invasive and they breed up really quickly. So even just one piece of fruit left on a tree will help that keep that cycle going. Communities role in managing fruit fly is huge. By teaching people that Bendigo has fruit fly we're teaching people how to manage their gardens, which in turn will then help the industry. What we're seeing is when people are netting their trees they are getting a harvest and they're getting really excited about being able to eat their fruit again.

Upper Goulburn Landcare Network's story

A short video featuring Judy Watts from the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network. Judy shares her story about Queensland fruit fly monitoring and awareness programs in her local area to support community led action.

[Judy Watts, Upper Goulburn Landcare Network]

There was a lot of anecdotal evidence that fruit fly was in the area. So the program that we received funding for was as a monitoring program to determine whether there was a presence or not. Queensland fruit fly can have such an impact even in a small garden. We've got a register of over 150 traps having gone out into the community. There are so many people talking in the community who are talking about Queensland fruit fly now. Everyone is really passionate about being proactive.

Harcourt Valley Landcare Group's story

A short video featuring Terry Willis from the Harcourt Valley Landcare Group. Terry shares his story about leading the development of a Harcourt Valley Fruit Fly Regional Action Plan and monitoring and awareness programs in his local area to support community led action.

[Terry Willis, Harcourt Valley Landcare Group]

Fruit fly is a community problem. Our grant was for a to develop a fruit fly action plan and also to do some community awareness projects in town. We cast the web out wide to get all the stakeholders in the valley and that was commercial growers small scale farmers, backyard people in town. People are now taking notice that this is real and it's something that can happen to Harcourt Valley. So our Fruit Fly Action Plan and community awareness campaign has been really successful. There's been a small outbreak in town and because of the community's knowledge and awareness around fruit fly it's helped prevent that outbreak from gaining any further.

Regional action plan grants

Regional action plan grants of up to $600,000 (excluding GST) were available to eligible applicants to undertake fruit fly management activities that support the implementation of regional plans developed by Regional Governance Groups in Greater Sunraysia, Yarra Valley and the Goulburn Murray Valley.

Successful regional action plan grant recipients 2019 to 2020

Four regional action plan grants were approved for the Goulburn Murray Valley, Greater Sunraysia and Yarra Valley regions.

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. They were endorsed by their respective regional governance groups.

WhoHow muchTo fund
Agribusiness Yarra Valley$204,664

A project providing resources to support the Yarra Valley Queensland fruit fly coordinator to deliver key activities in the Yarra Valley Queensland fruit fly plan 2019/20.

The project will support:

  • centrally coordinated Queensland fruit fly surveillance and early detection
  • risk identification and mitigation
  • early response
  • development of market access programs
  • communication and engagement activities
  • the adoption of new technologies for managing fruit fly
Greater Shepparton City Council$87,552

A project to significantly reduce unmaintained fruit trees on Council owned road reserves to assist in the mitigation of Queensland fruit fly in the region.

Mildura Rural City Council$585,135

A project which will continue the efforts in managing Queensland fruit fly in the Greater Sunraysia region. It provides continuity in delivery of works keeping the momentum in community awareness since on-ground operations commenced in 2014.

Key activities include:

  • Targeted field investigations
  • host tree removal
  • landholder education
  • community awareness
Moira Shire Council$597,280

A project providing resources to implement the 2019-2020 Regional Action Plan.

Activities include:

  • a regional trapping and mapping grid to identify and manage high pressure areas
  • a comprehensive marketing and awareness campaign
  • community and grower engagement strategies
  • field officer deployment to manage 'Hot Spots'
  • other initiatives to assist in the reduction of Queensland fruit fly across the GMV region
Page last updated: 01 Jul 2020