Following the detection of Queensland fruit fly in Tasmania in January 2018 the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment formally declared Control Areas and Infected Areas for the restriction of movement, transport and supply of host produce of Queensland fruit fly.
Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted
In accordance with the National Fruit Fly Management Protocols the Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania were lifted on 9 January 2019. This means that normal movement, transport and supply of fruit fly host produce has resumed. The revocation notices for those Declarations of Control Areas and Infected Areas are detailed below.
Following the discovery of a single adult male Queensland fruit fly at Lady Barron on Flinders Island in December 2018, the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron will remain in place in that location until 2 March 2019 – pending no further fruit fly detections. As a result, the Control Area for the Furneaux Group of Islands must also remain in place for the same period.
Furneaux Group of Islands Declarations
Declaration of Control Area - Furneaux Group of Islands - Amended 1 October 2018 (540Kb)
Declaration of Infected Area - Lady Barron, Flinders Island
The Infected Area Declarations for the Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island have been revoked and those revocation notices are available below.
Furneaux Group of Islands Revocations
Notice of Revocation of Declaration of Infected Areas: Trousers Point/Locotta and Badger Corner
Maps of Declared Control Area and Infected Area - Furneaux Group of Islands
(Click to view Control Area and Infected Area maps)
These maps are also included within the Control Area and Infected Area documents above.
What are Infected and Control Areas?
Infected Areas and Control Areas are boundaries set up at certain distances from where a biosecurity pest or disease has been detected. The areas are put in place to help prevent the further spread of that pest or disease into surrounding areas, and into other parts of the State. These distances are determined by protocols that Tasmania has agreed with other Australian states and the Australian Government. These protocols are an important part of domestic trade and international arrangements. Operating consistently within the protocols is critical to maintaining exports to our national and international trading partners.
The distance of these areas depends on the type of pest or disease that has been detected. In the case of Queensland fruit fly, an Infected Area has a radius of 1.5 km from the location of the detection. A Control Area adds another boundary that extends to a radius of 15 km from the location of where the Queensland fruit flies were detected.
Infected Area and Control Area locations are published in local newspapers and on the DPIPWE website, and are always accompanied by Declarations – written restrictions that apply to Infected Areas and Control Areas. Those restrictions set out the rules and regulations about the movement of the fruit fly host produce, both within and outside of the Infected and Control Areas, again, to help stop the further spread of Queensland fruit fly within Tasmania, and beyond.