Independent Review of the Queensland Fruit Fly Response
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. Mr Mike Blake has been engaged to conduct the review. Mr Blake, former Tasmanian Auditor-General, brings a wealth of experience to the role, having undertaken the Independent Review of the 2016 floods in Tasmania, together with a substantial background in both the public and private sector.
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, including;
- Lessons from the incursion applicable to national and state arrangements
- Industry engagement and communication
- Community information and communications
- Improvements to the biosecurity emergency response system to protect Tasmania from any future incursions
- Any other related matters that will inform future incursion responses
The Review will make recommendations for any revisions to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment’s (DPIPWE) Tasmanian Fruit Fly Strategy 2017-2050.
Public consulation meetings
Written submissions were invited by 31 May as the first stage of the review process. The next stage in the process is a series of public consultation meetings with the Independent Reviewer:
- Flinders Island – Furneaux Arts and Entertainment Centre (Whitemark)
Monday 1 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm)
- Devonport – Paranaple Centre – Aberdeen Room (137 Rooke St, Devonport)
Tuesday 2 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm)
- George Town – George Town Memorial Hall (29-67 Macquarie St, George Town)
Wednesday 3 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm)
- Huonville – Huonville Library – Peach & Plum Room (1 Skinner Drive, Huonville)
Thursday 4 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm)
These meetings are open to all members of industry and the general public.