On the 4th November 2019 a freak hail storm hit Bermera, Monash, Glossop and Renmark in South Australia. In less than half an hour it caused a extensive damage to farms in those areas, affecting around 130 million growers.
This of course has caused a huge financial loss, but also the fear of another potential fruit fly outbreak, due to the large amount of damaged fruit left on the ground.
The Riverland is currently international recognised as being fee of fruit fly.
Read the ABC Rural article here