Fruit fly outbreak - Lindsay Point, Victoria

An outbreak of Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) has been declared on Tuesday 21 May at Lindsay Point in Victoria after a detection of a gravid female.

PIRSA Biosecurity SA is working with Agriculture Victoria to respond to the outbreak; movement controls on produce are in place and a suspension area around Lindsay Point has been implemented in line with the National Fruit Fly Management Protocols.

The detection area is near the junction of the South Australian, Victorian and New South Wales borders and is part of the SA Riverland Pest Free Area (PFA).

Lindsay Point (Victoria) quarantine area

The quarantine and suspension areas will remain in place until at least 20 January 2020

Outbreak and suspension area

A 1.5 km outbreak area has been established in Victoria around the outbreak centre. Host fruit cannot be removed from properties inside the outbreak area.

A suspension area has also been established in the Riverland PFA. Movement controls on commercial produce are in place. Agriculture Victoria is also implementing similar measures. If you are a commercial grower within the suspension area you can apply additional measures under accreditation to move fruit.

For further information please contact the dedicated industry queries number – 1800 255 556.

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

All properties and business within the outbreak and suspension areas will receive information from Biosecurity SA and their relevant state authority about the outbreak and associated quarantine, detailing what part they can play in preventing its spread.

Maps showing quarantine area

Outbreak notice

Movement of produce notice to producers - 22 May 2019 (PDF 147.5 KB)

Frequently Asked Questions for producers

Frequently Asked Questions - Lindsay Point Fruit Fly Outbreak (PDF 831.3 KB or DOCX 321.9 KB)

Information for schools, childcare centers and parents

Packing school lunches during a fruit fly outbreak (PDF 264.4 KB or DOCX 121.6 KB)

What to do inside the outbreak area

Residents and businesses inside the red 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.

Dedicated phone line for industry

Phone 1800 255 556

You can call our dedicated phone number for your enquiries on the Lindsay Point outbreak.

The Riverland horticulture industry is being assisted by PIRSA with the outbreak response, including

  • movement of produce
  • quarantine restrictions.

Media releases

Help keep SA fruit fly free

Keeping SA fruit fly free protects the state’s $1.2 billion fruit fly vulnerable horticultural industry and means we can enjoy the luxury of backyard fruit trees and vegetable gardens that are fruit fly maggot free.

Fruit fly will lay eggs in all fruits and some vegetables. These include: stone fruits (apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines and plums), loquats, figs, feijoas, tropical fruits (such as bananas and mangoes) and fruiting vegetables including tomatoes, capsicums, chillies, eggplants and tamarillos.

Please check your fruit and fruiting vegetables regularly and if you find maggots or suspect fruit fly contact the:

Members of the public can call the Fruit Fly Hotline 1300 666 010

Page Last Reviewed: 18 Nov 2019
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