TWO new permanent quarantine bins have been installed leading up to Yamba Quarantine Station as part of the fruit fly zero tolerance policy for fresh produce being brought into the Riverland.
The quarantine bins located on the Sturt Highway at Bede Road replaced the temporary bins at the site and offer motorists from the eastern states, where Qld fruit fly is endemic, the opportunity to deposit fruit without penalty.
Additionally, permanent signage will be installed in the coming weeks to replace the temporary electronic signs currently in use.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the purpose-built quarantine bins with a pit underneath them were a final opportunity to dispose of fruit before reaching Yamba Quarantine Station.
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"The State Government has introduced zero tolerance at the 24-hour, seven day a week Yamba Quarantine Station as an emergency measure in response to the Queensland fruit fly outbreak in Loxton," Mr Whetstone said.
"With the new quarantine bins in place on Bede Road there is simply no excuse not to dispose of fresh produce appropriately before reaching Yamba Quarantine Station," he said.
Millions of sterile insect technology flies are being released in the Loxton fruit fly outbreak area to combat the horticultural pest.
The Loxton quarantine is due to be lifted on April 29 2019 without further detections.
- This story first appeared on the Stock Journal.