Healthy eating on the Canning?

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If we start the Canning Stock Route going from North to South travelling the Tanami from Alice Springs, will I have to go through vege/ fruit checkpoint?
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:08

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:08
There is no quarantine checkpoint at the WA/NT border crossed when on the Tanami Track. The quarantine checkpoint is located on the Victoria Highway at the border.
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Follow Up By: Member - Marc Luther B (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:28

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:28
Hi Michelle
There are bins and waste disposal at the Great Northern Highway end (Halls Creek end) of the Tanami, and it comes down almost to a trust that people will honour quarantine. In saying that the Health Inspector has been seen there on occasion, when he goes out from Halls Creek, but then living in the area I would probably see that more than most.
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert1660 - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 22:23

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 22:23
Although not strictly relevant when we went past these bins in 2013 the area was an absolute disgrace. The bins were overflowing to the extent that the entire area was littered with decomposing food and associated rubbish. Most people try to do the right thing but seeing this made you question whether leaving items here was more of a hazard than taking them with you.
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Follow Up By: Member - Christine and Lindsay - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 22:39

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 22:39
So from a quarantine perspective, would there be any real contamination possible if all the food is consumed on the Canning before entering farming areas. We are not wanting to do any harm but it is a tricky dilemma. Only planning at this stage.
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Follow Up By: Member - Christine and Lindsay - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 07:29

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 07:29
So if we stock up at Halls Creek instead, can you buy fresh fruit and vegas there?
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Follow Up By: AnneC5 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 07:33

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 07:33
Hello Christine and Lindsay, there is a very good IGA at Halls Creek that sells fresh fruit and veg. It is a large and comprehensive shop that will also give you the option of tinned and dried food as well. A big improvement from our previous trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Marc Luther B (WA) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:22

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:22
People are quite correct stating there is an IGA in Halls Creek. You would also be wise to get any additional fuel there, as out here in the communities it is on average $2.40 a litre, that is both diesel and opal.
Thank you for the comment about the quarantine bins, I am getting the Chairman from here to contact the Halls Creek Shire to lodge a complaint.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 14:08

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 14:08
Might be a bit late as they said they were like that in 2013.
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Follow Up By: Member - Marc Luther B (WA) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 22:08

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 22:08
Yes, I am aware that it was said it happened in 2013, but it is worth bringing it to the attention of the new Health Inspector, who also covers the quarantine issues. Something like that will give the area a bad name and a shocking look.
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert1660 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 23:01

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 23:01
Marc,
Many thanks for your concern regarding the issue of the quarantine bins and for taking it up with the local authorities. Seeing the area in this state was very disappointing and really did make you wonder if the issue of quarantine was being taken seriously.
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Reply By: disco driver - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 00:45

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 00:45
There's a permanent Quarantine checkpoint on the Victoria H/way and another just east of Eucla.
There are honour system bins on the Gt Central Rd and the Tanami track.
And there is a roving Quarantine inspection crew who travel along all roads entering WA at some time or another on a random basis.

Getting caught trying to run the gauntlet(not dumping fruit or honey in the bins at these sites) can be rather expensive if you get caught with illegal produce inside WA

Apart from that, everybody who brings fruit/honey/seeds/soil into WA runs the risk of introducing unwanted plants, insects and/or viruses into the state and thus putting WA primary production at risk.

Don't risk being the one who adversely affects WA farmers livelihood.
Thanks

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Reply By: Bigfish - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 07:25

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 07:25
Why not use tinned vegies and dried fruits for a small period of time. A week or so wont hurt and you then have the satisfaction of knowing that regardless of others you have done the right thing. Some of the dried fruits are really nice..apricots, bananas, apple. Fruit juice drinks could be a substitute for a small time.

Reckon you,ll find a solution.

Like someone else said...do the right thing as we don't to risk farmers livelihoods.

enjoy the trip...
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Follow Up By: Member - Christine and Lindsay - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 07:32

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 07:32
Of course we would use them as well. Just looking at options. Thanks for your input.
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