Bundaberg Qfly Community Engagement and Education pilot program

INTERNAL RELEASE

21st November 2018

INTRODUCTION

Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers has been contracted and funded by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to deliver a Bundaberg Urban community Engagement pilot.

The Bundaberg region is a horticulture production area of regional, state and national significance in terms of seasonal variety, volume, economic value of production and value added commodities.

BFVG have identified the need for a community education and engagement program to compliment existing on-farm management practices to reduce the impact of Qfly.

PROJECT DURATION

12months

The project commenced in September 2018

OVERVIEW

The project is aimed at urban community members in the Bundaberg Region and more specifically four Reef Guardian Schools as identified as St Lukes Anglican School, Bargara State High School, Bundaberg Christian College, Kepnock State High School.

The desired outcomes related to community engagement is to educate residents of the Qld fruit fly and impacts to commercial growers; to engage with volunteers to act as 'Scouts' where Qfly traps will be monitored and data collected as to no. of flies trapped; to work with regional council in identifying and eradicating derelict and abandoned crops that play host to Qfly and increase awareness and participation in working with commercial growers in pest management practices.

The desired outcomes related to Reef Guardian Schools is to educate students on commercial crop pressures and the necessary actions undertaken to reduce pest pressure and where it may impact on the Reef; to empower opportunities for Schools to engage in a competition in the design and efficacy of home-made Qfly Traps.

PROJECT DELIVERY

  • The project will be managed by Bree Grima, Managing Director.
  • Project activities will be delivered by Industry Development Officer.
  • Additional project activities, reporting & management will be provided by other BFVG staff members.
  • Flexible arrangements for event coordination and activity implementation

Current milestones achieved:

  • Project implementation
  • Communication plan