Queensland fruit fly Control Area and Infected Area restrictions on Flinders Island have been lifted.
The Queensland fruit fly (QFF) Control Area restrictions for the Furneaux Group of Islands and Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron on Flinders Island have been lifted.
Restrictions were officially lifted at 12:01am, Saturday 30 March 2019. This means that normal movement of fruit fly host produce for Flinders Island can now resume.
Following the earlier lifting of restrictions for northern Tasmania on 9 January 2019, the lifting of restrictions on Flinders Island now means that the whole of Tasmania has returned to its previous Pest Free Area Status.
Biosecurity Tasmania would like to once again thank the Flinders Island community for their ongoing support, patience and assistance with the fruit fly response. Since the initial detection of fruit fly on the Island in early 2018 our aim has been to eradicate this pest.
Biosecurity Tasmania will continue with normal fruit fly monitoring and reporting activities, which includes regular checking of the permanent fruit fly trapping network across the State.
Despite Tasmania regaining its Pest Free Area Status, everyone is reminded to be on the lookout for any signs of fruit fly and report any suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3774.
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.