Major infrastructure upgrades at Yamba Quarantine Station are underway with the State Government committing $1.5 million to further protect the Riverland from the threat of fruit fly.
The $1.5 million upgrades include new entry and exit routes, an additional pull-off area for investigation when fruit fly host materials are detected, and extra office accommodation for the increase in staff needed to enforce the state's zero tolerance policy.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the infrastructure upgrade at Yamba is aimed at strengthening South Australia's protection against fruit fly on the back of the zero tolerance approach.
"Yamba Quarantine Station is a key entry point into South Australia and this $1.5 million investment reflects the Government's commitment to keeping the state free of fruit fly," said Minister Whetstone.
"To bolster the Government's zero tolerance approach, we have hired extra compliance officers to ensure visitors are not bringing prohibited fruit fly material into the state.
"Work is well underway on these upgrades and we expect them to be completed by the end of this month.
"Recently permanent signage and quarantine disposal bins with solar lights have also been installed in the lead-up to Yamba on the Sturt Highway.
"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."
Minister Whetstone said there is no excuse to carry prohibited fruit fly material into South Australia.
"The Government has effectively eradicated Queensland fruit fly from Loxton and we are now working to remove the pest from Lindsay Point in Victoria," said Minister Whetstone.
"South Australia continues to feel the pressure from fruit fly at all entry points and that is why we are investing in upgrades to the Yamba Quarantine Station.
"It only takes one piece of infested fruit to cause devastation to the state's horticulture industry and communities."
"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.
"This is particularly timely with the long weekend coming up, so if you are travelling from interstate into South Australia or into the Riverland during the break please leave your fruit and vegetables at home, otherwise you will pay the penalty."