The Queensland fruit fly (QFF)
Control Area and Infected Area restrictions in northern Tasmania have been
lifted. The restrictions were put in place in early 2018 following the
discovery of QFF in Tasmania.
Northern Tasmania Control Area restrictions lifted
Control Area restrictions were
officially lifted 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 are working closely with the Australian
Government to finalise the technical information each of our trading partners
need for international markets to reopen.
Biosecurity Tasmania will now return
to normal fruit fly monitoring and reporting activities on mainland Tasmania,
which includes regular checking of the trapping grid across the State as a
general surveillance tool.
Restrictions remain for Furneaux Group of Islands
A single adult male 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 continuation of the Control Area restrictions on the
Furneaux Group of Islands and the Infected Area restrictions at Lady Barron,
until March 2019 - pending no further detections.
The Infected Area restrictions at
Trousers Point/Loccota and Badger Corner on Flinders Island have been lifted.
Everyone must continue to obey
Tasmania’s strict rules and regulations about not bringing fruit fly host
produce into the State. Fines may apply.
Queensland fruit fly remains an
ongoing threat. To retain Tasmania’s Pest Free Area status, everyone is asked
to remain on the lookout for any signs of fruit fly and report any suspect
produce to Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3774.
Further information is available on the website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly