The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell says the last-minute announcement of funding to extend the crucial ‘Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project’ will ensure critical work that is protecting our vital fruit industry can continue for the next 12 months.
Ms Lovell said that she was pleased her constant advocacy for State Government funding to help fight fruit fly in the region had led to a one-year extension of funding for the ‘Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria Action Plan’ throughout Victoria, including in the Goulburn and Murray Valleys.
The funding will see $522,800 allocated to the Moira Shire that will allow ‘Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project’ to continue their award-winning work protecting the area’s more than $760 million horticultural sector.
Last month Ms Lovell called on Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes to provide the funding urgently, after questioning the Minister on the issue in State Parliament in March.
Ms Lovell said the funding will ensure the retention of a regional co-ordinator in the Goulburn and Murray Valleys and she was pleased to have assisted in the continued protection of the region’s fruit export industry and ensure the future for local growers
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“With funding for the Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project ending on 30 June, there was a genuine fear that the State Government had walked away from this award-winning project that has done so much to protect our precious fruit from this destructive pest.
“Finally, Jaclyn Symes has agreed with me on the importance of the project and the announced funding will extend the project for another 12 months, providing certainty for the entire fruit growing industry throughout the Goulburn and Murray Valleys.”
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