Permanent signage has been installed on the road to the Yamba Quarantine Station enforcing the message that zero tolerance applies for travellers bringing fruit fly host material into the Riverland.
The new signs, which replace the electronic flashing signs in use since 4 January 2019, complement the permanent quarantine bins recently installed at Bede Road on the Sturt Highway.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said there is no excuse to bring fresh produce into Yamba and put the Riverland at risk of fruit fly.
“The signage is loud and clear with the message that motorists will be penalised if they don’t follow South Australia’s strict quarantine restrictions, particularly in regards to fruit fly,” said Minister Whetstone.
“For far too long biosecurity officers at Yamba Quarantine Station have been used like human rubbish bins.
“The zero tolerance policy at Yamba is about changing the practices of travellers and reducing the risk of the Riverland and South Australia’s horticulture industries being decimated by fruit fly.
“Motorists must follow the clearly labelled signs to dispose of fruit and vegetables at the quarantine bins. Failure to do so will result in a $375 fine.
“The zero tolerance policy was introduced at Yamba and random roadblocks in response to the outbreak of Queensland fruit fly at Loxton and to further protect the state’s vital $1.2 billion horticulture industry vulnerable to fruit fly.
“With fruit fly endemic in other areas of Australia, the State Government knows the importance of keeping South Australia fruit fly free and that’s why we have signed a Commonwealth agreement for a national approach to fruit fly.
“Maintaining South Australia’s Pest Free Area status is everyone’s responsibility and provides lucrative market advantages for our horticulture industry.
Minister Whetstone said quarantine restrictions for the Queensland fruit fly outbreak at Loxton are due to be lifted on 29 April 2019 without any further detections.
“The final Sterile Insect Technology flies will be released this week, while further baiting will be conducted for the rest of the month until the date quarantine restrictions will be lifted,” said Minister Whetstone.
For further information on how you can help keep South Australia fruit fly free, visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly