PIRSA advised last week of additional detections of Queensland fruit fly and larvae in the Riverland.

Collectively, these detections have:

  • Extended the anticipated date for lifting of movement restrictions and reinstatement of fruit fly freedom to 16 November 2022 for both the Pike River and Renmark West fruit fly affected areas (FFAA); and
  • Resulted in a new Qfly outbreak in Pike River West with the same reinstatement date.

For further information about the Pike River West outbreak, refer to Vinehealth Australia’s Biosecurity Alert here.

For the latest map of fruit fly outbreaks in the Riverland in relation to vineyards, refer here.

For wine industry specific fruit fly information for the Riverland outbreaks, refer to our Current Outbreaks page.

From now until the end of October 2022, Vinehealth will post any further updates on changes to the reinstatement date for these three current outbreaks on our website, rather than through Biosecurity Alerts.

However, we will continue to notify industry via Biosecurity Alerts of any:

  • New fruit fly outbreaks in the state; and
  • Extensions to the boundaries of any current FFAA.

Vinehealth continues to support PIRSA in their fruit fly eradication efforts, including attendance at weekly plant industry-government fruit fly meetings to stay abreast of and inform PIRSA’s response and recovery activities.

We urge all Riverland residents to continue to act with good biosecurity conscience and strongly encourage the wine industry throughout the remainder of harvest to adhere to all movement requirements in this Biosecurity Bulletin with respect to the Pike River, Renmark West and Pike River West outbreaks, including consigning all winegrape loads to prevent spillage.