Fruit fly quarantine station opens in Mid North

A new quarantine station in the Mid North has recently opened this month, in order to prevent fruit fly in South Australia.

The Oodla Wirra quarantine station, plays a significant role in the prevention of fruit fly in South Australia by searching incoming traffic from Queensland and New South Wales, where the fruit fly is most frequent.

Tim Whetstone, the Minister for Primary industries and Regional Development, says South Australia is one of the only states fruit fly free in Australia currently.

He also says that the new seasonal quarantine station will help influence and strengthen South Australia's fruit fly defences.

“As we speak, Oodla Wirra quarantine station staff are inspecting vehicles travelling into South Australia from Broken Hill to ensure fruit and vegetables aren’t being brought into our state putting our coveted fruit fly free status at risk,” says Minister Whetstone. 

“The more vehicles we inspect at the states four quarantine stations at Yamba, Ceduna, Pinnaroo and Oodla Wirra, the better chance we have of reducing the risk of this horticultural pest coming into South Australia.”

The new station is open from the 1st September to 30th November, for 16 hours a day and is open 24 hours a day from 1st December to 31st March, due to the most risky periods during the year. 

The use of quarantine disposal bins, road signage, random road blocks, sterile insect technology and community awareness, are some of the suite of measures followed through by each quarantine station to ensure that South Australia remains a fruit fly free state.