Tasmania is an island with a natural water barrier which helps protect us from exotic invasive pests such as fruit fly. Fruit fly host produce brought into the state by visitors and Tasmanians returning home poses a real threat to our agricultural industries, economy, environment and our way of life.
It is the responsibility of all those entering Tasmania to follow our strict biosecurity regulations.
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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. 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 (QFF) 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 Tasmanian Government to finalise the technical information each of our trading partners need for international markets to reopen.
Restrictions remain for the Furneaux Group
A 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 (DPIPWE) 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.
The following conditions still apply for the Furneaux Group of Islands:
- To restrict movement of fruit fly and to protect markets for growers outside the affected area, Biosecurity Tasmania has established a temporary Control Area with a 15 km minimum radius around the initial detection point.
Host produce cannot move from inside the Control Area to outside without adhering to appropriate treatment protocols.
- To restrict movement of fruit fly and to protect markets for growers outside the affected area, Biosecurity Tasmania has established a temporary Infected Area with a 1.5 km minimum radius around the detection point at Lady Barron.
Within this area, conditions apply to the movement of fruit fly host produce, including home-grown, foraged and shop-bought produce, which cannot be moved outside this Infected Area.
This map shows the Control Area of the Furneaux Group of Islands, and by clicking through you will also see the map for the Infected Area at Lady Barron. If you live in or are travelling to the Furneaux Group of Islands please abide by the following:
Do NOT move host produce from inside the Control Area to outside of the Control Area.
Do NOT move host produce from inside the Infected Area to outside of the Infected Area.
- Returning residents and visitors CANNOT bring fruit fly host produce into the Control Area from mainland Australia locations.
Obey all signs and use the quarantine disposal bins provided when leaving the Control Area.
Be on the lookout for signs of fruit fly and report suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.
Signs are located at the entrance and exits of Control Area and at the disposal bins.
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