The fruit fly management story in the Greater Sunraysia
The GSPFA was originally established in 2007 to enable domestic and international market access under Pest Free Area certification arrangements for key horticultural commodity groups against Queensland fruit fly (QFF) and Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly).
The establishment of the GSPFA was a cooperative effort by Victorian, NSW and Commonwealth Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) and the three key horticultural industries within the Sunraysia region - citrus, stone fruit and table grapes.
An increasing number of QFF incursions and outbreaks within the GSPFA necessitated the voluntary suspension of the GSPFA by the Victorian and NSW Governments in April 2014. The loss of pest free status has had a significant impact on producers who must now use pre-harvest chemical treatments and/ or bilaterally approved emergency post harvest cold treatments for national and international market access.
The management of QFF was delegated to the regions under the Victorian governments Queensland Fruit Fly State-wide Action Plan (2015 to 2020).
On the 9th December 2014 the Industry Development Order (the Order 2014) was generated under the Agricultural Industry Development Act 1990. An industry development committee (IDC) was created and given responsibility to collect charges applied to citrus fruit, stone fruit and table grape producers in the Greater Sunraysia production area. The IDC was also responsible for investing these funds, as well as other grant money, into specified services relating to the establishment and maintenance of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA).
Download the GSPFA Industry Development Order (2014).
On the 9th December 2018 the IDC completed its four-year term and ceased operations.
Continued management of Queensland Fruit Fly within the region is currently housed within the Mildura Rural City Council on behalf of horticultural industries and Swan Hill and Gannawarra Councils.
A Regional Action Plan (RAP) is used to seek further funding for Victorian State funding to address QFF management issues in the region and community .