Queensland fruit fly outbreaks – Riverland

A new Queensland fruit fly outbreak was declared at Renmark West on 11 January 2021, following the detection of larvae within a non-commercial premises.

This is separate to the original outbreak in Renmark West which was declared on 22 December 2020 and a Queensland fruit fly outbreak at Monash on 30 December 2020, both following the detection of larvae in backyard fruit trees.

A fruit fly outbreak is declared by PIRSA when fruit fly are detected through maggot infested fruit or through the presence of flies in our surveillance traps.

View information about the separate Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks in metropolitan Adelaide.

An incident command centre has been established in the Riverland and a dedicated number – 1800 255 556 – is available for industry queries.

What outbreak and suspension areas are

Once a Queensland fruit fly outbreak is declared, PIRSA establishes a 1.5 km outbreak area and a 15 km suspension area around the detection site, and an eradication program begins.

PIRSA works with residents and workplaces to locate and remove fruit fly from the area.

What areas are affected

The following locations are wholly or partly within the listed quarantine areas. Refer to the current maps on this page to see the exact locations that are affected. These areas may change in the event of further detections.

Monash

The following towns are in the 1.5 km outbreak area:

  • Monash
  • Glossop

The following towns are in the 15 km suspension area:

  • Monash
  • Barmera
  • Berri
  • Bookpurnong
  • Bugle Hut
  • Calperium Station
  • Cobdogla
  • Gerard
  • Glossop
  • Gurra Gurra
  • Hawks Nest Station
  • Katarapko
  • Kingston on Murray
  • Loveday
  • Lyrup
  • Moorook
  • Old Calperium
  • Overland Corner
  • Pike River
  • Renmark South
  • Renmark West
  • Spectacle Lake
  • Winkie.

Renmark West

The following towns are in the 1.5 km outbreak area:

  • Renmark West
  • Renmark South
  • Renmark
  • Crescent.

The following towns are in the 15 km suspension area:

  • Berri
  • Calperum Station
  • Chaffey
  • Cooltong
  • Crescent
  • Gurra Gurra
  • Lyrup
  • Monash
  • Mundic Creek
  • Murtho
  • Old Calperum
  • Paringa
  • Pike River
  • Renmark
  • Renmark North
  • Renmark South
  • Renmark West
  • Wonuarra
  • Yamba.

What to do if you're in an outbreak or suspension area

Home-grown produce

If you are in an outbreak or suspension area:

  • keep your fresh home-grown fruit or fruiting vegetables on your property*
  • you can eat, cook or preserve your own home-grown produce.

The less home-grown fruit is moved around, the lower the risk of potentially spreading fruit fly.

* Riverland residents growing produce at home for commercial sale should call the industry hotline on 1800 255 556.

If we all play our part we can quickly eradicate this pest from your area.

What you need to do in your home garden

Shop-bought produce

In the Riverland there are retail outlets in the current suspension area.

While produce from supermarkets and retail outlets is certified to reduce the risk of fruit fly, restrictions are in place for shop-bought host fruit and fruiting vegetables to reduce the risk of fruit fly potentially spreading.

If you live in a fruit fly outbreak or suspension area, host fruit and fruiting vegetables purchased from a retail outlet must be kept secure when taken home – this means in a sealed bag or container – and it must then remain at home.

  • This means host fruit and fruiting vegetables must not be included in lunch boxes or otherwise moved around.
  • You’ll need to consider alternatives for lunch boxes, like non-fruit fly host vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumbers and lettuce, or cooked fruit, processed fruit (such as fruit straps), fruit puree, canned fruit or frozen fruit.

These restrictions only apply to fruit fly host produce – find the full list at pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly-produce

Items such as melons, pumpkins, root and leaf vegetables (potatoes, carrots, celery, cucumbers and herbs) are not host produce and do not have any movement restrictions.

Maps showing Queensland fruit fly outbreak and suspension areas

Check the maps to find out if you are in an outbreak or suspension area.

Outbreak area map of Renmark West – declared 11 January 2021 (PDF 477.7 KB or PNG 1.2 MB)

Outbreak area map of Monash (PDF 422.8 KB or PNG 895.1 KB)

Market access map (including suspension area) for Riverland (PDF 2.1 MB or PNG 2.3 MB)

Quarantine end date

At this stage, if no further wild flies or larvae are detected it is anticipated the quarantine areas will remain in place until:

Monash – 22 March 2021

Renmark West (both outbreak areas) – 6 April 2021

This may change if there are more fly or larval detections, so check this web page to keep updated with the latest information.

Information for growers, packers and wholesalers

The movement of produce notice provides advice on market access requirements for growers, packers and wholesalers within the 1.5 km outbreak and 15 km suspension areas.

An incident command centre has been established in the Riverland and a dedicated number – 1800 255 556 – is available for industry queries.

Movement of produce notice - Monash (PDF 248.7 KB)

Movement of produce notice - Renmark West (PDF 2.3 MB)

Renmark West fruit fly outbreak – Market Access information (Powerpoint presentation 24 December 2020) (PPT 275.0 KB)

Inspection Guidelines (DOCX 2.3 MB)

Harvested produce - Riverland Fruit Fly Outbreak (DOCX 793.6 KB)

Information for protocol markets (DOCX 789.9 KB)

Riverland Outbreak FAQ (DOCX 796.9 KB)

Vinehealth Australia/PIRSA Biosecurity Bulletin: Queensland Fruit Fly and South Australia’s Riverland Wine Industry (advice to grape producers). (PDF 957.1 KB)

COVID-19 update

We are mindful of the need to protect the broader community and will ensure that in our work we are in keeping with the directions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We need to continue our operations to eradicate the fruit fly outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the measures we have in place include:

  • maintaining social distancing and speaking to residents through doors or gates to gain access to yards
  • wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves, as required
  • having hygiene facilities available, and washing and sanitising our hands regularly
  • carrying official identification that is clearly visible at all times, if you would like to check from a distance.

We thank you for your co-operation during this time.

Page Last Reviewed: 15 Jan 2021
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