The combined effort of Biosecurity Tasmania and the fruit industry has now seen the lifting of all movement restrictions and the reinstatement of Tasmania's pest free area status.
Fruit fly was detected in northern Tasmania in January 2018 and the Government, industry and the community have since worked hard to eradicate this pest.
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 now been lifted.
Restrictions were officially lifted on 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 will now continue with normal fruit fly monitoring and reporting activities, which includes regular checking of the permanent fruit fly trap network across the State.
What’s happening now?
- Biosecurity Tasmania is maintaining and enforcing pre-border treatment requirements and continuing border protection activities to prevent future incursions.
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.
- The State Government has supported farmers and growers with financial assistance. Fruit Fly Concessional Loan Scheme applications closed on 30 June 2019.