The Yamba road block was set up in March 1957 to protect South Australia from any fruit fly outbreaks that are likely to occur inter State. Initially the road block operated from a caravan which was located on the Sturt Highway, at the Victorian border. Currently it operates from a permanent site located east of Renmark.
Links to Yamba Articles
The Yamba Roadblock
The Advertiser — Honouring 50 years of defying fruit flies, 14 March 2007 (PDF 300.2 KB)
News clipping — From humble beginnings (PDF 242.2 KB)
Mildura Weekly — Yamba fruit fly block turns 50, 9 March 2007 (PDF 195.0 KB)
Eight million border crossings, 977,000 kilograms of fruit seized from 557,000 vehicles...
The Murray Pioneer — Yamba stories wanted, 16 February 2007 (PDF 208.5 KB)
The Murray Pioneer — YAMBA ROADBLOCK 50th Anniversary, Yamba's milestone day to remember, 9 March 2007 (PDF 549.0 KB)
Fruit fly pensioners' housing, Lord Mayor's relief fund discussed by Renmark (PDF 662.2 KB)
The Murray Pioneer — Road block now in full scale operation, 21 March 1957 (PDF 3.0 MB)
982 vehicles inspected at road block at Easter — 25 bushels of fruit (PDF 757.5 KB)
The Murray Pioneer — Swift action after outbreak of fruit fly in Mildura area, 14 March 1957 (PDF 3.8 MB)
Primetime — 50 years on the front line Autumn 2007 (PDF 229.0 KB)
Links to Yamba Photographs
History of Agriculture in South Australia - YAMBA Photographs