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.
A 1.5 km outbreak area has been established around the detection point from which host fruit and fruiting vegetable cannot be removed - quarantine restrictions apply.
Affected areas include Newton Road bounded by Barker Street to the north and Middleton Road to the East.
Quarantine information and maps
A 1.5km radius outbreak area has been established around the outbreak centre. Host fruit cannot be removed from properties inside the outbreak area.
All properties and businesses within the outbreak area will receive information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated restrictions.
Affected areas included in the 1.5km outbreak area include an area bounded by Barker Street to the north and Middleton Road to the east. See the 1.5km outbreak map for details ().
A 15km suspension area has also been established beyond the 1.5km 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 8 April 2019.
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 is available from:
Residents and businesses within the outbreak area can direct can their questions to: 1800 255 556.
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:
- determine if they are located within the 15km suspension zone
- comply with the Loxton movement of produce notice ()
- read the Riverland fruit fly outbreak factsheet ()
- read the FAQs for commercial growers ( or )
- read the inspection guidelines fact sheet ()
- read the produce harvested prior to outbreak fact sheet ().
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.
- Riverland call to action on Fruit Fly - 12 December 2018
- Fruit Fly Outbreak declared in the Loxton - 7 December 2018
- 'Eat it or bin it' if you're travelling this Christmas 19 December 2018.
For Loxton fruit fly outbreak inquiries phone: 1800 255 556