The fight against fruit fly has been strengthened with the upgrade of facilities at the Yamba Quarantine Station now completed.
The upgrades include new entry and exit routes, an additional pull-off area for when fruit fly host materials are detected, and extra office accommodation for the increase in staff needed to enforce the state’s zero tolerance approach.
Yamba Quarantine Station is a key entry point into South Australia and this investment reflects the Government’s commitment to keeping the state free of fruit fly.
“And importantly, these upgrades at our major border crossing are also beneficial for prevention of other regulated pests, including phylloxera. Yamba is a key inspection point for grape-related machinery and equipment movements,” said Inca Pearce, Vinehealth Australia CEO.
Permanent signage and quarantine disposal bins with solar-powered lights have also been installed along the Sturt Highway in the lead-up to Yamba.
A public advertising and awareness campaign is underway across South Australia and in key transport routes, and border areas in Victoria and New South Wales to promote the state’s quarantine restrictions and remind motorists of zero tolerance at Yamba and random roadblocks.
There is a clear and simple message for people travelling into South Australia or the Riverland – do not bring in restricted produce otherwise you will face fines and penalties of up to $100,000.