Become a fruit fly fighter

Take up the challenge and learn how to live with Queensland fruit fly this year

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The Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) challenge will guide you through this fruit fly season, showing you all the tools you can use to protect your fruit.

 

Gardening has proven health benefits. It can relieve stress and improve your mood and physical health. Don't let fruit fly ruin that for you! We can help you enjoy your garden and produce beautiful, clean fruit.

Join a group of like-minded people and sign up to become a fruit fly fighter this year. Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area community support officers will coach you though managing your trees for fruit fly and provide you with some of the key resources you need to protect your fruit, including free traps and insect exclusion nets.


What's included in the program?

  • Introduction package including Qfly management resources

  • One-on-one coaching in managing your trees

  • Access to technical expert-led webinars

  • Traps that will be refilled or replaced during the challenge (organic trap options are available if preferred)

  • Two insect exclusion nets, with training on how to use them

  • Optional free tree removal

  • Non Qfly-host vegetable seeds to plant in your garden (e.g. leafy greens, carrots or herbs)

  • Monthly check-ins with a community support officer until end of autumn 2021 

Who is eligible?

 

Home gardeners who:

  • live in town, or on a residential block in rural areas, within the Victorian section of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area;

  • have two or more Qfly host trees in your garden; 

  • are interested in learning how to managing for Qfly.

  • See 'full eligible criteria below'

“I’m overwhelmed by the level of support I’ve received. Tricia guided me every step of the way – she told me exactly what to do to fix the problem.”

– Allan Bryce, successful home gardener

All visits will be undertaken following COVID-19 safety practices. Non-contact delivery of traps and online coaching is available if required. 

What's included in the program?

  • Evaluating your fruit tree needs and removing (optional) any unwanted fruit trees from your garden

  • Learning about how to manage your fruit trees for Qfly from an experienced community support officer

  • Covering your fruit trees with insect exclusion netting after fruit set until picking

  • Undertaking a training session with a field officer on the use of traps and how to refill the traps

  • Picking up all fallen fruit from your garden every 2–3 days during summer and autumn

  • Being part of a like minded community of fruit fly fighters and advocating for Qfly management in your community

Community support officers will provide one-on-one coaching in how to protect your fruit trees from Qfly

Benefits from becoming a fruit fly fighter:

Here are the great benefits you will receive by becoming a fruit fly fighter:

  • Queensland fruit fly information package

    • To do list, calendar of fruit fly actions, information flyers, magnifying lenses to help identify Qfly

  • Traps 

    • Sufficient Qfly female traps and male control devices for your garden that will be refilled or replaced every 3 months until the end of autumn 2021
      Training on how to use the traps and refill or replace them

  • Insect exclusion netting 

    • Two insect exclusion nets (maximum depending on host trees)
      Training on how to apply nets effectively and how they can be shifted to later maturing fruit trees

  • Evaluation of fruit trees

    • Help with assessing your fruit needs

    • Optional free removal of any unwanted fruit trees

  • Vegetable garden

    • Vegetable seeds for non-host plants, including leafy greens, carrots and herbs

  • Monthly check-ins with a community support officer 

    • One-on-one catch ups to check on your progress and help answer any questions (until the end of autumn 2021)

  • Access to technical expert-led webinars

  • Access to a private Facebook group

    • A space to ask questions, share your experiences and talk with other fruit fly fighters

  • Eating your own beautiful fruit! 

Frequently asked questions
Terms & conditions

Why are only home gardeners eligible?

This program is not designed for commercial horticulture properties. The information and level of management options are aimed at home gardeners.

 

Commercial growers who would like help and advice on managing Qfly are welcome to contact the  GS PFA and we can supply tailored support and information.

Why are only Victorian residents eligible?

As of 10 December 2018, the GS PFA and its programs are fully funded by Agriculture Victoria (Victorian Government). Therefore, we can only work within the Victorian region.

Why do I need to have two or more host trees?

This program is aimed at helping home gardeners that have a few host trees in their garden. If you only have one host tree you are welcome to contact the GS PFA and a community support officer can provide you with some traps and advice on managing your tree.

Traps will be refilled or refreshed during the challenge and training will be provided on how to refill them.

I rent a property. Am I eligible?

Participants are not required to own the property. However, the GS PFA requires the permission of the home owner for any tree removal from the property. If the property is rented, the GS PFA can contact the real estate agent or owner. Leased properties on a horticulture property are eligible for the program, however, these sites are not eligible for the tree removal program.

How long is the program available for?

The program will continue until June 2021. The number of months of coaching you receive will depend on when you sign up.

Is there a cut-off date for applications?

There is no cut-off date for the program, however, there are limited places available. For this year it will be a first come first served basis.

What trees are included as Qfly host trees?

While all fruiting trees have the potential to support Qfly, the GS PFA has prioritised the following types of fruit trees as they pose the greatest risk:

  • Stone fruit – apricot, peach, nectarine, plum, peacharine and cherry

  • Citrus – grapefruit, orange, lime, mandarin, cumquat and lemon

  • Pome fruit – apple, pear, nashi, quince and loquat      

  • Tropical fruits – guava, cherry guava, mango and feijoa

  • Other hosts – pomegranate, fig, mulberry, custard apple, persimmon, avocado and passionfruit vines

A physical barrier such as an insect net is a good way to protect your fruit from fruit fly. A community support officer will show participants how to use them.

Do I have to remove any of my trees?

No. removal of host trees under this program is voluntary. A community support officer can talk with you about what fruit you use from your garden and if you might like to remove any trees. 

All eligibility criteria for the Greater Sunraysia Tree removal program apply and some sites may be ineligible for tree removal.  Tree removal is contingent on funding availability.

Is the program free?

There is no cost for the program and you will receive free insect nets (maximum of two), traps, and tree removal if desired.

Do I have to have my picture taken?

No, you can participate in the program without having your picture taken. However, we encourage you to advocate for fruit fly management in the community and allow us to share your journey and promote your success.

 
 
 

CONTACT

P: 03 5022 0327

E: info@greatersunraysiapfa.com.au 

OFFICE

33 Madden Avenue,
Mildura Victoria 3500

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