Fruit fly was detected in northern Tasmania in January 2018. Part of the
control and eradication actions in response to the fruit fly detection included
the declaration of temporary Control Areas and Infected Areas, enforcing restrictions
on host produce moving in and out of these areas.
Biosecurity Tasmania advises that as of 1 October 2018
Control Area restrictions have changed to enable growers to sell their produce
within the Control Areas.
What being in a Control Area means for residents:
- Do NOT
move host produce from inside a Control Area to outside a Control
From 1 October you CAN:
- Move home grown host
produce from your property (give away or sell), as long as it does not
leave a Control Area
- Dispose of fruit as
normal – double bagging is not required.
- Compost fruit in the
- If you live in an Infected
Area further restrictions apply. To find out if you are in an Infected
Area and what you can do to continue to HELP eradicate fruit fly go to www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly
What being in an 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
- You can buy host produce
from retailers within a Control/Infected Area and transport it home – but
you cannot then transport it outside an Infected Area.
- Please ensure all rotten,
fallen or remains of host produce are double bagged prior to placing in
- Do not compost host produce
inside an Infected Area.
- Report all suspect produce
to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774
What this mean for industry:
- From 1 October, growers
outside the 1.5 km Infected Area and inside the 15 km Control Area can
move and sell untreated fruit within the 15km Control Areas.
- Existing control measures
will stay in place for properties within the 1.5km Infected Areas.
- Movement of fruit from
inside to outside the Control Areas is still not allowed, unless fruit is
appropriately dealt with under required protocols.
For further information on fruit fly, and to view maps to
determine if you live in an Infected Area or a Control Area, visit the
DPIPWE website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/fruitfly or phone 03 6165
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44 HOBART Tasmania 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3777