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Queensland fruit fly outbreak declared in Murtho

A new Queensland fruit fly outbreak has been declared in Murtho, following the detection of a pregnant female fruit fly in a monitoring trap.
Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) staff will be visiting properties in the new 1.5km red outbreak area, to apply organic bait and check fruit. Localities affected by the outbreak include Murtho and Chowilla.

General Manager of the Fruit Fly Response Nick Secomb said residents and visitors to the new outbreak area need to be aware of the restrictions and what they need to do.

“The success of the fruit fly program relies on community support – please, help to protect the future of South Australia’s Riverland fruit,” said Mr Secomb.
“Support the response by following fruit movement restrictions, picking ripe backyard fruit and collecting fruit that has fallen to the ground, correctly disposing of fruit waste, and calling the Fruit Fly Hotline if you suspect fruit fly.

“Fruit and vegetables at risk from fruit fly cannot be moved out of the red outbreak area – they should remain on your property. You can move at-risk fruit and vegetables around in a yellow suspension area, but they cannot be taken into a green unaffected area. This includes purchased and home grown produce.”
Chair of the Riverland Fruit Fly Committee and local grower Jason Size said the outbreaks were causing significant issues for growers and urged everyone to play their part to prevent fruit fly from spreading.

“The past few years has been tough on growers with COVID, extreme weather events and fruit fly outbreaks. Now more than ever we need to come together and fight the fruit fly outbreaks to protect our community,” said Mr Size.

“Growers are doing the right thing on their properties, and we need everyone to do the same at home. Please follow PIRSA’s advice to prevent fruit fly spreading.
“If you’re a grower, call PIRSA’s industry hotline on 1800 255 556 for advice on fruit fly restrictions and requirements.”

Primary producers impacted by current fruit fly outbreaks are encouraged to contact the State Government’s free Family and Business (FaB) support program. Find a FaB by calling the PIRSA Recovery Hotline 1800 931 314 or visit pir.sa.gov.au/fabs

The outbreak end dates are in December 2022 and may change with more detections. To see if you are affected, check the map at www.fruitfly.sa.gov.au