We know there is significant movement into South Australia of wine related machinery and equipment during vintage. But just how much is moved?

To gain a clear understanding, Biosecurity SA (PIRSA) recorded incoming wine-related machinery and equipment during the months of February and March 2018. Biosecurity SA officers also checked for compliance with state Plant Quarantine Standards. Statistics were recorded at Yamba and Pinnaroo quarantine stations during the reporting period.

At Yamba, more than 2,000 trucks carrying grape bins were recorded coming into SA, with approximately 30% of these full. Approximately 930 wine tankers entered the state as well as nine trucks carrying machinery (six of which were harvesters).

Some issues with poor bin cleanliness were noted and rectified prior to leaving the quarantine site and the consignor notified.

At Pinnaroo, more than 150 trucks carrying grape bins were recorded coming into SA, with more than half of these full. Again, a few trucks were ordered to clean plant debris out of empty bins or the truck tray before proceeding.

Manager Plant Health & Food Standards at PIRSA Biosecurity SA, Geoff Raven said ensuring cross border transport is in compliance with South Australia’s biosecurity rules and regulations is a vital step in ensuring the State remains phylloxera free.

“Interstate transport movements are one of the easiest ways for phylloxera and other plant pests to spread,” he said.

“It is why our quarantine stations, which are strategically placed at major entry points into the state, are an important first shield in protecting South Australia’s grape and wine industries.”

It is important to note that winegrape movement into SA is only permitted from Phylloxera Exclusion Zones interstate and under certification.

“While it was pleasing to see general adherence to biosecurity requirements, continued work is required to ensure ongoing strict compliance with state quarantine requirements,” said Suzanne McLoughlin, Vinehealth Australia Technical Manager. “We’re planning additional focus on carrier and winery farm-gate hygiene prior to next vintage and also continuing discussions regarding deterrents for non-compliance with state regulations.”