The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has praised community efforts to help successfully eradicate the fruit pest Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) from Como.
An outbreak of Qfly was declared in May this year, after the pest was found in traps operated by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
Department plant biosecurity manager Darryl Hardie said an eradication campaign led by the department in cooperation with local government and the community had been successful.
Restrictions on the movement of non-commercial and home-grown fruit grown in the area have now been lifted.
“People can now share their home grown fruit and vegetables with people outside of the area,” Dr Hardie said.
“The department appreciates that ongoing compliance with movement restrictions over a significant period of time has been difficult, but this was critical to achieving this positive outcome.
“This has been a concerted effort involving support from the City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park, industry, businesses, community groups and local residents.
“We particularly thank those in Bentley, Como, Karawara, South Perth and Kensington who have contributed to this response to help protect our local fruit growers and reclaim area freedom from Qfly.”
Dr Hardie said Qfly was a destructive fruit pest which, if established in WA, would impact the State’s valued horticultural industries and would make it more difficult to grow backyard fruit.
The department response program included extensive surveillance, trapping and bait spraying of host material such as fruit trees with an organic bait.
Department staff visited about 600 properties during the campaign.
The WA community is reminded to be aware of the risk of new pests and diseases becoming established in WA, and to keep a look out for unusual pests or plant damage.
Early detection of serious threats enables the department to act quickly and ensure there is no further spread.
Pests or plant damage of concern can be reported via the MyPestGuideTM Reporter app or online – available from mypestguide.agric.wa.gov.au.
Jodie Thomson, media liaison +61 (0)8 9368 3937