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RIVERLAND West growers
remain safe from the fruit
fly threat posed in nearby
quarantine zones, according
to Primary Industries and
Regions SA (PIRSA).
State officials arrived in the
region on Friday to address
Queensland fruit fly outbreaks
declared at Loxton and Pyap last
The move followed the
discovery of 11 male flies at the
sites over a two-week period.
Quarantine areas with a
1.5km radius and 15km restricted
areas were immediately imposed
and an incident response team
arrived on Friday to contain the
Biosecurity SA, a PIRSA
subsidiary, met with key
stakeholders to discuss control
measures at a number of special
meetings last week.
Waikerie orange grower
Simon Lehmann and Nippy's
Fruit Juices managing director
Jeff Knispel attended one held
at the Loxton Research Centre.
Mr Knispel said he was
reassured that Waikerie and
surrounds would be unaffected
by the recent outbreaks.
"There's a regime in place
where they've got to keep
monitoring whether there are
any fruit flies still around," he
said. "They're pretty confident
they can get it under control."
Biosecurity SA executive
director Will Zacharin said
around 40 personnel had "hit the
ground running" since arriving
in the region on Friday.
"We've got separate traps
right across the two areas, and
we're checking the traps every
three days," he told The River
"On Saturday there were
no further flies in those
traps, so that's good news."
Mr Zacharin said Biosecurity SA
was working with horticulturists
in the affected areas to address
market access issues and ensure
restrictions were being followed.
"At the moment things seem
to be going reasonably well,"
"We've been working with the
industry for the past 18 months
because of the increased pest
pressures in Queensland and
New South Wales. I think all of
that preparation has paid off."
Mr Zacharin said he was
hopeful that the 12-week
campaign would be successful,
but its success would depend on
co-operation from both locals and
visitors to the region.
Minister for Agriculture Gail
Gago said she was heartened by
the lack of fruit flies detected in
Saturday's monitoring exercise.
"I have been extraordinarily
impressed by the work that has
been carried out in partnership
between the industry and
government since this outbreak
was declared," she said.
Ms Gago visited the Riverland
on Friday, when she was briefed
by the incident controller and
met with staff at the operation
"I also met with 40 new casual
staff who had just completed
training and are now out on the
ground doing clean-up work,
baiting traps and getting the right
information to the community,"
Ms Gago said it was imperative
that the Riverland maintained
the fruit-fly-free status it fought
so hard to hold.
"In the face of increased pest
pressure from Victoria and New
South Wales who have largely
abandoned eradication efforts,
this Government has introduced
a range of extra measures in the
fight against fruit fly, and will
continue its efforts to maintain
our fruit-fly-free status," she
However, Member for Chaffey
Tim Whetstone said Ms Gago's
fly-in visit was "a case of too
little, too late".
"The minister should have
been in the Riverland meeting
with key stakeholders and the
Riverland Fruit Fly Committee
as soon as she was informed
about detections in the region,"
"It's disappointing that the
State Government only began
ramping up fruit fly measures
when it learnt of detections of
fruit fly in the region.
"It is estimated that it costs
$2 million to eradicate fruit fly
in the event of an outbreak, and
we have (had) two outbreaks
at the cost of almost the entire
allocation of funding for the
overall fruit fly program.
"I have repeatedly questioned
the minister on the increased
pest pressures to South Australia.
"It is time the message finally
got through to a Government
that continually focuses on cost-
For more information
about the Riverland fruit fly
outbreak, visit: www.pir.sa.gov.
Reports of any suspicious
behaviour relating to fruit fly,
along with reports of any maggots
found in fruit or vegetables, can
be made via the Fruit Fly Hotline
on 1300 666 010.
health, disability and
in the Riverland was
a key concern for
visiting Liberal MP
toured local facilities
mental health service
CORES and Orana, an
employment agency for
people with disabilities.
He said meeting
with rural financial
counsellors had been
"a real eye opener".
"There are a lot of
anxiety issues among
farmers at the moment,"
Mr McFetridge said.
"Getting in early
so those issues don't
affect families any
more than necessary
is something (State
are working with the
Mr McFetridge said
the Liberals would
for SA farmers if
elected at this year's
"People are doing it
tough, so to ignore them
is something we should
never do," he said.
Mr McFetridge is the
and social inclusion,
social housing, youth,
and mental health and
substance abuse in SA.
He began his
Riverland visit last
Thursday but had to
cancel a meeting with
at Waikerie on Friday
afternoon to attend
a bushfire in his
A Country Fire
volunteer himself, Mr
McFetridge said he
paid and unpaid CFS
workers, particularly in
light of bushfires raging
across the state since
"If Premier Jay
Weatherill and the
Attorney General John
Rau wanted any further
evidence of whether our
CFS volunteers were
worth spending more
money on, then this
has really set it in their
minds that we need to
compensate our CFS
volunteers," he said.
"This state would
be a disaster zone if it
wasn't for (them)."
Despite having to
cancel his visit, Mr
McFetridge said he
was impressed with
He said the District
Council of Loxton
access upgrades, set to
begin this year, would
make the town more
attractive to tourists
"I think there are
to become more
disability friendly," Mr
with disabilities to
come to your area,
you're increasing your
options for tourism."
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to Waikerie on Monday
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FRUIT FLY 24 HOUR HOTLINE
1300 666 010
Growers with queries can contact our Market Access staff on 8595 9100.
Quarantine -- what you should do
We need your help to eradicate this fruit
fly outbreak quickly. If you live in the
quarantine area, please:
• 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.
• DO cook or preserve excess fruit and
• DO collect fallen over-ripe fruit and
fruiting vegetables and place it in a
plastic bag and contact the Fruit Fly
Hotline to arrange collection.
• DO place every day fruit and vegetable
scraps in the garbage or waste disposal.
• DO contact the Fruit Fly Hotline for more
How long will the quarantine
The quarantine and eradication program
will last for 12 weeks. This may be
extended if additional 'wild' flies or
infestations are found.
PIRSA will notify householders by leaflet
when the quarantine period has ended.
What happens during the
Primary Industries and Regions SA
(PIRSA) has begun a bait spotting
program. This involves applying an
organic base bait into fruit trees and
other suitable foliage to attract and
kill adult fruit flies. Residents in the
quarantine area will be sent leaflets
outlining the program.
Help keep SA Fruit Fly free
Keeping SA fruit fly free protects the
State's $677 million horticultural industry
and means we can enjoy the luxury of
backyard fruit trees and vegetable gardens
that are free of fruit fly maggots.
Fruit fly will lay eggs in all fruits and
some vegetables. These include: stone
fruits (apricots, cherries, peaches,
nectarines and plums), loquats, figs,
feijoa, tropical fruits (bananas, mangoes
etc) and fruiting vegetables including
tomatoes, capsicums, chillies, eggplants
Please check your fruit and fruiting
vegetables regularly and if you find
maggots immediately contact the Fruit Fly
The areas highlighted on the above maps have been placed under quarantine following
outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly.
FRUIT FLY OUTBREAKS
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