Since our e-news fruit fly update in December when we advised of an extension to the reinstatement date for the Ridleyton Queensland (Qfly) fruit fly outbreak in metro Adelaide to at least 22 February 2022, we have also advised industry of changes to the Riverland fruit fly outbreaks.

In a Biosecurity Alert issued in late December, we advised of an extension to the reinstatement dates for the Riverland’s Pike River and Renmark West Qfly outbreaks to at least 13 March 2022, and the release of the Cooltong, Berri and Monash outbreaks.

For a map showing vineyards on Vinehealth’s Register within the revised Riverland fruit fly affected area (FFAA) that now only encompasses the overlapping Renmark West and Pike River outbreaks, refer here. If your vineyard or winery was in the original Cooltong FFAA, please consult this map carefully, as restrictions are likely to continue to apply to you as a result of the Renmark West FFAA in particular. For further information from PIRSA on how the release dates for these Riverland outbreaks are determined, refer here.

As a result of the continued active Qfly outbreaks in the Riverland and metro Adelaide which will affect winegrape movement for vintage 2022, Vinehealth encourages you to review our fruit fly Biosecurity Bulletin now, and determine actions you need to take in preparation for vintage.

As a reminder, trucks carrying winegrapes must not stop, backload or unload while transiting through any of the fruit fly affected areas within SA. Note: sending vineyards and receiving wineries in SA are not required to hold accreditation or certification associated with these transiting movements.

Please continue to refer to Vinehealth’s fruit fly outbreaks webpage for updates. New outbreaks will also always be communicated via a Biosecurity Alert email.