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Tasmania Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff

State Must Be On High Alert As Fruit Fly Devastates Victoria

Victor P Taffa

The State Government must mobilise all available Quarantine Tasmania detection and monitoring resources in the wake of a devastating fruit fly outbreak in country Victoria, reported as possibly the worst in fifteen years, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff said today.

“Extreme flooding and high daily temperatures in Victoria have created the perfect breeding ground for the pests.”

“With similar weather conditions currently being experienced in Tasmania, this is further evidence that we must remain on high alert for potential outbreaks.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“Tasmania’s clean, green, quality image and brand gives the state a distinct advantage against its competitors both nationally and internationally.”

“The fruit industry is one of the most profitable industries in the state, and an outbreak of fruit fly would be devastating for the industry and seriously damage this reputation and threaten exports.”

“The State Government must ensure that our monitoring is at the highest level in order to protect our primary industries and Tasmania’s relative disease-free status.” Mr. Rockliff said.

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