Fruit fly outbreak declared in Loxton

An outbreak of Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) has been declared in Loxton following a detection of seven flies in the area on 6 December 2018.

There has since been a 400m extension to the southern boundary of the outbreak area. This was due to a larvae being detected inside the original Loxton outbreak area. See the latest outbreak area map for details (PDF 130.7 KB).

Affected areas include Newton Road bounded by Barker Street to the north and Middleton Road to the East.

Quarantine information and maps

An outbreak area has been established around the outbreak centre. Host fruit cannot be removed from properties inside the outbreak area.

View a list of fruit and fruiting vegetables that host fruit fly (PDF 948.9 KB).

Properties and businesses within the outbreak area receive information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated restrictions.

Affected areas include Newton Road bounded by Barker Street to the north and Middleton Road to the East.

A 15km suspension area has also been established beyond the outbreak area. If you are a commercial grower within suspension area, you can apply treatments under accreditation to move fruit.

The quarantine and suspension areas will remain in place until at least 29 April 2019.

Maps

Fact sheet

Information for residents inside the Loxton outbreak area

Residents and businesses inside the quarantine area can help to eliminate fruit fly by practicing a few simple measures, including:

  • DO NOT give away or move any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including tomatoes, capsicums, chillies and eggplants unless cooked or preserved
  • DO NOT leave fruit or fruiting vegetables lying on the ground
  • DO NOT compost any fruit or fruiting vegetables, including those purchased from a shop
  • DO report any maggots found in fruit or fruiting vegetables immediately to the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010
  • DO cook or preserve excess fruit and fruiting vegetables.

More information for residents and businesses within the outbreak area:

Residents and businesses within the outbreak area can direct can their questions to: 1800 255 556.

Information for schools, childcare centers and parents

Information for commercial growers in the Riverland

All commercial host fruit and vegetables moving out of the fruit fly affected areas must seek approval from PIRSA and be moved securely either in secure packaging or in secure transport. The produce must also meet the treatment requirements of the destination market.

Growers also need to:

Growers can also view the online Riverland fruit fly outbreak booklet.

Industry and commercial growers can direct can further questions to: 1800 255 556.

Information for Grape growers within the suspension zone is available on the Vine Health Australia Website.

Program and services for landholders

A number of programs and services available for producers and growers seeking assistance as the result of the outbreak and Loxton and quarantine restrictions.

Riverland Pest Free Area fruit fly preparedness plan (for commercial growers)

Regional Development Australia, Murraylands and Riverland in conjunction with PIRSA have prepared a fruit fly preparedness planning template for industry use. It takes just four easy steps to get started with fruit fly management planning.

What are we doing?

The State Government is serious about keeping South Australia fruit fly free and spends $5 million each year to ensure fruit fly and other pests stay out of South Australia.

PIRSA are liaising closely with the horticulture industry in the Riverland, particularly in regards to the movement of produce and quarantine restrictions.

Biosecurity SA staff are on the ground to remove any fallen fruit from properties within the affected outbreak area. In addition, staff will be applying an organic bait to trees to lure any remaining wild flies.

Residents and businesses within the outbreak area will be receiving information from PIRSA about the outbreak and associated quarantine restrictions, detailing what part they can play in preventing its spread.

Media releases

Contact

For Loxton fruit fly outbreak inquiries phone: 1800 255 556

Page Last Reviewed: 06 Feb 2019
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