Another fruit fly outbreak in South Australia

As the Riverland fights to eradicate Queensland fruit fly, a Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak has been declared today at Sellicks Beach in Adelaide.

As the Riverland fights to eradicate Queensland fruit fly, a Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak has been declared today at Sellicks Beach in Adelaide.

Today’s announcement follows three outbreaks in metropolitan Adelaide last year and two Queensland fruit fly outbreaks in Loxton and Pyap this month.

“This is another fruit fly outbreak on Premier Weatherill’s watch,” said Shadow Primary Industries Minister David Ridgway.

“I am urging the Weatherill Government to commit the necessary resources to eradicate fruit fly in South Australia and ensure the State’s vital fruit fly free status remains intact.

“This outbreak sends a message to all South Australians that fruit fly is not just found in commercial areas, backyard growers need to be just as vigilant.

“More must also be done to get the message through that it is not acceptable to bring fruit and vegetables into fruit fly quarantine areas.

“South Australia has had unprecedented numbers of outbreaks across South Australia over the past 12 months and yet Minister Gago continues to provide spin when we need substance.”

Liberal Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone is calling on the Riverland to remain vigilant with yet another outbreak in South Australia.

“South Australia’s fruit fly free status is critical for the Riverland to access key export markets and is the envy of other mainland states,” said Mr Whetstone.

“Minister Gago must further increase protection measures in the Riverland given the renewed threat of fruit fly in Adelaide.

“With a number of outbreaks in South Australia in recent months the cost of eradicating the pest rises.

“Riverland food producers have exerted time, money and effort to grow a clean, green and high-quality product and it is integral we maintain our fruit fly free reputation to provide a market advantage for our farmers,” said Mr Whetstone.

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