2015-2016 Alfred Cove eradication program for Queensland fruit fly concluded

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Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) has been successfully eradicated from Perth's Alfred Cove suburb.

Thanks to ongoing surveillance, inspection and baiting activities over a 12 week period, no further Qfly have been detected since the initial detections on 18 and 23 November 2015.

Restrictions on the movement of non-commercial and home-grown fruit material have now been lifted.

Eradication Program concluded

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) would like to thank the City of Melville and WA's horticultural industries for their ongoing support for the Eradication Program, and assistance where needed.

A Quarantine Area Notice, established around a 1.5km radius of the detection points, imposed restrictions on the disposal and movement of fruit and fruiting vegetables.

The Quarantine Area Notice expired on 8 March 2016 and restrictions have now been lifted.

Qfly Area Freedom for the Suspension Zone, established around a 15km radius from the detection points has been re-instated. 

Thank you to residents and community

DAFWA, the City of Melville and WA's horticultural growers would also like to acknowledge and thank all residents who cooperated and assisted throughout the Eradication Program.

This included residents in the suburbs of Alfred Cove, Ardross, Booragoon, Winthrop, Willagee, Myaree, Melville and Attadale.

Containment of this pest would not have been possible without the willing participation of the community, in particular compliance with movement restrictions and accommodating repeated property visits. We acknowledge this was at times challenging and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

During the Eradication Program more than 12,500 on-property visits were recorded across 910 individual properties.

Report any sightings

We are still asking residents to be vigilant and report any suspect Qfly or signs of Qfly. Call DAFWA’s Pest and Disease Information Service on 1800 084 881 or use the Mypestguide reporter app to send in an image.


Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080
Page last updated: Wednesday, 2 January 2019 - 9:09am