THE Riverland Queensland Fruit Fly outbreak suspension date has been extended following another detection in the Renmark West and Pike River zones last week.
This detection resulted in the extension of the anticipated date for lifting of movement restrictions and reinstatement of fruit fly freedom for both the existing Pike River and Renmark West outbreaks, from May 6 to May 16, 2022.
The existing outbreak and suspension area boundaries for Pike River and Renmark West have not changed as a result of this new detection.
Vinehealth Australia said the extension was "unlikely to significantly impact the wine industry", given the timing of vintage 2022.
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"From now until the end of October, Vinehealth will post any further updates on changes to the reinstatement date for the existing Pike River and Renmark West outbreaks on our website, rather than through Biosecurity Alerts," it said.
"However, we will notify industry via a Biosecurity Alert of any new fruit fly outbreaks in the state, as well as extensions to the boundaries of any current fruit fly outbreaks."
Vinehealth urged all Riverland residents to continue to act with good biosecurity conscience and strongly encouraged the wine industry throughout the remainder of harvest to adhere to all movement requirements in this Biosecurity Bulletin with respect to the Pike River and Renmark West outbreaks, including consigning all winegrape loads to prevent spillage.
To report suspected fruit fly, phone the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010.
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