You can help protect Tasmania
There are many things you can do to help protect Tasmania from fruit fly incursions which pose a major threat to our industries, economy, environment and our way of life.
Fruit fly photograph: James Niland
You can help protect our state from fruit fly by following these simple guidelines:
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 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. Trading partners should now accept produce from all areas of mainland Tasmania as fruit fly free.
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.
What being in the Control Area means for residents:
Do NOT move host produce from inside the Control Area to outside the Control Area
Move home-grown host produce from your property (give away or sell), as long as it does not leave the Control Area.
Dispose of fruit as normal – double-bagging is no longer required.
Compost fruit in the Control Area.
If you live in the Infected Area further restrictions apply. See below.
What being in the Infected Area means for residents:
You can consume home-grown host produce at home.
Do NOT move, give away or sell host produce from your property unless cooked or processed.
Cut-up fruit can be moved from your property if it is to be consumed, e.g. - in lunch boxes - with remains double-bagged.
You can buy host produce from retailers within the Control/Infected Area and transport it home – but you cannot then transport it outside the Infected Area.
Please ensure all rotten, fallen or remains of host produce are double-bagged prior to placing in general waste.
Do not compost host produce inside the Infected Area.
Report all suspect produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.
Your assistance is directly supporting and protecting Tasmanian farmers, growers and communities. All eradication and monitoring actions are designed to eradicate fruit fly, maintain Tasmania’s Fruit Fly Free status and maintain our export markets.