Independent review of the Queensland Fruit Fly response has now commenced
The 2018-2019 Queensland fruit fly (QFF) response was the largest biosecurity response in Tasmania's history.
An Independent Review into the Tasmanian QFF incursion and response has now commenced. The aim of the Review is to consider the lessons learnt to ensure that Tasmania is best placed to manage the risk which QFF poses to our horticultural industries.
QFF Pest Free Area status reinstated for Northern Tasmania Control Area
The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have been lifted. The restrictions were put in place in early 2018 following the discovery of QFF in Tasmania.
Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted
Control Area restrictions were officially lifted at 12.01 am, Wednesday 9 January 2019. This means that normal movement of fruit fly host produce has resumed.
The valuable local and domestic trade has reopened.
Biosecurity Tasmania is working with the Australian Government who are seeking reopening of markets.
Biosecurity Tasmania will now return to normal fruit
fly monitoring and reporting activities on mainland Tasmania, which
includes regular checking of the trapping grid across the State as a
general surveillance tool.
Restrictions remain for Furneaux Group of Islands
A single adult Queensland fruit fly was detected at Lady Barron on Flinders Island during the ongoing surveillance program undertaken by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) late last year.
This recent detection of fruit fly has resulted in the continuation of the Control Area restrictions on the Furneaux Group of Islands and the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron.
The Infected Area restrictions at Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island have been lifted.