Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

Parks and reserves in the NSW Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone

Queensland fruit fly poses a serious threat to agriculture in NSW. The species is commonly found on the coast and in some parts west of the Great Dividing Range.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries enforces a Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone in the south-west of the state in order to limit the fly's spread. It is illegal to take fresh fruit into the zone without a permit. The zone's perimeter is policed with mobile roadblocks, and heavy fines apply for violations.

Where is the zone?

The NSW Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone covers the Lower Darling and Riverina areas of NSW, and includes the towns of Balranald, Broken Hill, Corowa, Deniliquin, Griffith and Hay.

A number of national parks and reserves are in the NSW Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone, including:


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Page last updated: 26 February 2011