Give trees the chop

August 04, 2017

Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland asks residents to get rid of unwanted fruit trees.

Do you live in Cobram and have a fruit tree growing in your yard that you can no longer maintain?

If the answer is yes, then contact Moira Shire Council to arrange free removal before Saturday, September 30.

Mayor Gary Cleveland said thanks to an initiative between council and Cobram Fruit Growers Association this program was a further effort to combat Queensland Fruit Fly in urban areas of the local region.

‘‘The fruit growers and council are willing to do the heavy lifting to help Cobram residents remove any unwanted fruit trees in their yard and the best bit is, it will be free of charge,’’ Cr Cleveland said.

‘‘Fruit trees people no longer need, or are unable to look after properly, can provide breeding grounds for Queensland fruit fly, which in turn will decimate your neighbour’s fruit trees, plus the insects could also move into your vegetable garden next.

‘‘For the region as a whole, a Queensland fruit fly infestation can seriously impact on our local fruit growing industry.

‘‘Get in contact with the Cobram Fruit Growers Association or Moira Shire Council and we will organise the rest.’’

The offer applies to residential/urban trees only and the work will be carried out by a fully licensed and insured private contractor.

‘‘Winter is a great time to remove potential breeding spots with the Queensland fruit fly relatively dormant during this period as the weather is just too cold for them to be active,’’ Cr Cleveland said.

●For more information or to arrange the removal of trees, phone Moira Shire Council on 5871 9222 or Cobram Fruit Growers Association on 5872 1729.

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