[7 December/ABC]

Internationally recognised as a pest-free region, the town of Riverland, in South Australia has had a fruit fly outbreak. Seven male Queensland fruit flies have been found in the Loxton area. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development for South Australia, Tim Whetstone, said a team of 50 Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) staff immediately commenced an eradication program aimed at eliminating fruit flies from the outbreak area and nearby surrounds. He noted that the outbreak shows how vulnerable South Australia is given that New South Wales and Victoria do not have fruit fly strategies in place. Federal Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie, has lobbied the Federal Government to invest more money into South Australia’s fruit fly protection and recognise pest control management as a national issue.