Tuesday 4 May 2021
Introduction and Overview of Fruit Fly in Australia
Appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Plant Health Australia in July 2020, Sarah’s experience as a biosecurity professional extends across the Australian Government, as well as the Queensland and Northern Territory state governments where she has gained a wealth of expertise in biosecurity, regulation, science and innovation.
She has delivered a number of significant eradication programs for agricultural and environmental pests under deed-like arrangements as well as the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed and the National Environmental Biosecurity Response Agreement. She has overseen biosecurity research and investment in infrastructure across sectors, including disease detection, management and response – all of which have offered her the ability to implement consistent approaches to biosecurity nationally.
Dr Lloyd Klumpp
Chair of the National Fruit Fly Council. Until recently, Lloyd was the General Manager of Biosecurity Tasmania, a position he held for nine years. Biosecurity Tasmania is the division of the Tasmanian Government responsible for maintaining Tasmania’s biosecurity system including the State’s Fruit Fly Pest Free Area status. In that role, Lloyd represented Tasmania on many national committees and boards including the National Biosecurity Committee. During his time in government, Lloyd participated in and led a number of biosecurity emergency responses in both the animal and plant sectors including leading the Tasmanian Queensland fruit fly response in 2018.
Discussion panel experts
Anthony Clarke’s exclusive research focus for over a decade has been on tropical fruit flies of the genus Bactrocera, which are the primary horticultural insect pests of Asia, Australia and the Pacific, and increasingly of Africa following the 2003 invasion of Oriental fruit fly. He has participated in numerous international fruit fly projects which have seen him work with colleagues throughout the world, including hard to get to countries such as Papua New Guinea and Bhutan. Anthony is the author or co-author of over 140 refereed publications (80+ on tephritids) and has graduated 20 research higher degree students, predominantly PhDs. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London.
Michael Rogers is the CEO of the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) which is made up of Australia’s key fresh produce growers and suppliers. The members include Costa Group, Perfection Fresh, Montague, One Harvest, Pinata Farms, Fresh Select, Mackay’s Banana Marketing, Driscoll’s, 2PH Farms, LaManna Premier Group, Rugby Farming, Freshmax and Fresh Produce Group. These businesses represent half the industry turnover of the Australian fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) sector – $4.5 billion of the $9.1 billion total; 1,000 plus growers through commercial arrangements and more than 15,000 direct employees through peak harvest, and up to 25,000 in the grower network.
On what is needed to strengthen the system:
“We don’t have to do everything the same – we need to each take our role, and commit to action – to ensure all of the ‘parts’ of the system work for the national objective.”
Tom Eastlake is a cherry grower, President of Cherry Growers Australia, and a member of the National Fruit Fly Council. Tom has a professional background in finance working in Agribusiness and International Trade divisions of one of Australia’s four major banks. Tom was also elected to the Cherry Growers Australia Board in 2015, becoming the President the same year. Established more than 40 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation CGA has grown into a dynamic organisation with a strong and proud history. From cherry growing, harvest, selling and promotion, CGA strives to assist Australian cherry growers by providing access to the best available resources, networks and market information.
Lloyd Klumpp is Chair of the National Fruit Fly Council. Until recently, Lloyd was the General Manager of Biosecurity Tasmania, a position he held for nine years. Biosecurity Tasmania is the division of the Tasmanian Government responsible for maintaining Tasmania’s biosecurity system including the State’s Fruit Fly Pest Free Area status. In that role, Lloyd represented Tasmania on many national committees and boards including the National Biosecurity Committee. During his time in government, Lloyd participated in and led a number of biosecurity emergency responses in both the animal and plant sectors including leading the Tasmanian Queensland fruit fly response in 2018.
On what is needed in the new strategy:
“We cannot put all our eggs in the one basket. We need a coordinated and balanced national approach, with the correct funding attached.
Sonya Broughton is currently Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer for Western Australia and a member of the National Fruit Fly Council. Sonya joined the then Western Australian Department of Agriculture in 1989 as a technical officer on the Queensland fruit fly eradication effort, mass rearing and sterilising flies for use in the Sterile Insect Technique. Sonya then worked as Eradication Entomologist on the papaya fruit fly outbreak in Far North Queensland.
After returning to WA, Sonya spent the next 16 years conducting research on Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) and other horticultural pests including thrips, aphids and mites. She led projects to screen and trial agrichemicals for use in bait and cover sprays, trap trials, evaluation of mass trapping as a control technique, and implementation of area wide management. She has also been involved in implementing integrated pest control programs for several horticultural crops in Western Australia.
During the last four years, Sonya has played key roles in a number of pest and disease incident responses in Western Australia including Queensland fruit fly in the Perth metropolitan area, Mediterranean fruit fly in the Ord River Irrigation Area, citrus canker, tomato potato psyllid, browsing ant, and cucumber green mottle mosaic virus.
On managing fruit fly:.
“There are no magic bullets with fruit fly. We need to understand that the systems that worked in the past, will not in the future. Something that works very well is area-wide management, growers and the public each play their role. This is particularly relevant in peri-urban regions. If we, as Australians, want to have our orchards as part of the landscape, we all need to do our part.”
Bertie Hennecke is the Commonwealth representative on the National Fruit Fly Council. Bertie joined the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) in 2010. Before moving into Biosecurity Plant Division, he held various positions in the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) contributing and leading the research in biosecurity and fisheries as well as overseeing ABARES work in coordination, production and dissemination of spatial land use data. He currently leads the Plant Health Policy Branch in DAWE and is responsible for the design, drive and delivery of Commonwealth, national and international policies and programs to protect and maintain Australia’s plant health status and facilitate safe trade. The Plant Health Policy Branch is directly linked to and supports the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer (ACPPO).