The combined effort of Biosecurity Tasmania and the fruit industry has seen the lifting of movement restrictions and the reinstatement of Tasmania's pest free area status in mainland Tasmania.
Fruit fly was detected in Tasmania in January 2018 and the Government, industry and the community have since worked hard to eradicate this pest. Part of the control and eradication actions included the declaration of temporary Control Areas and Infected Areas enforcing restrictions on host produce moving in and out of these areas.
Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted
The Queensland fruit fly Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have now been lifted.
Control Area and Infected Area restrictions were officially lifted in northern Tasmania 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 closely with the Australian Government to finalise the technical information each of our trading partners need for international markets to reopen.
Restrictions remain for the Furneaux GroupA 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 late last year. This recent detection of fruit fly has resulted in the Control Area restrictions on the Furneaux Group of Islands, together with the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron continuing through until March 2019 - pending no further detections. The Infected Area restrictions at Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island have been lifted.
What’s happening now?
- Control Area restrictions remain in place on the Furneaux Group of Islands, together with the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron.
- Biosecurity Tasmania is maintaining and enforcing pre-border treatment requirements and continuing border protection activities to prevent future incursions.
- The State Government is supporting farmers and growers affected by the Control Area restrictions with financial assistance.
Biosecurity Tasmania has implemented fumigation protocol changes to Tasmania’s Biosecurity Import Requirements for fruit fly host produce and other operational standards following a Tasmanian and Victorian led national review.
- Fruit fly support positions have been established within Biosecurity Tasmania. The new positions will be focused in the north and north-west of the state and will work closely with all stakeholders to manage fruit fly and ongoing biosecurity risks that affect market access.
Further advice and information
A dedicated contact point has been established to support industry and the community. The Fruit Fly Support Officer will ensure that callers receive the information they require, or are put in direct contact with those people who can provide the necessary support and advice.
Fruit Fly Support Officer
can be contacted on
03 6478 4114