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Submitted: Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:38
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....... as I try to get some firm, decisive, informative detail from QUEENSLAND of Department of Primary Industries with regard to Fruit, Vegetable Plant quarantine points etc.

Have emailed them, telephoned them and got them to post the literature they they say will provide the answers I am not too sure where else we can research.

Why - well we have recieved said literature and ..... NONE of the literature can tells us WHERE the stops, blocks, stations for inspection are, other than one at Coen and one south of Cairns on the Highway. We are back road explorers and usually avoid mainroads.

When questioned more deeply than they feel we should, they get defensive, say I am offensive and basically do a dummy spit!

We like to be law abiding, we believe in protection from what ever pests, diseases etc is vitally necessary and just simply wish to know the parameters of where we can, can not take, use fresh food without endangering our great land.

As well as this we do not want repeat having to buy at one town because we have run out of a commodity just to have to hand it over along the way to next or a few k down the track!
Wow - do they realise what the cook can do to limbs, faces etc when she has to dispose of fresh whatevers she has just spent the hard earned on! LOL

One departmental dudess told me that you just simply buy it at the next town after the inspection station!
Wow! Der! Like we do try to plan and provide wholesome fresh stuff as much as we can and that may not be possible in the out back with many kilometers between centres.
So when I explained that to the seemingly citified dudess it was way too much for the city brain and she hung up!

So do any forumites know of where to get decent accurate information regards these matters.

Also hope some one from said Dept is reading and may be get an idea that people do go beyond the urban sprawl comfort zones and need decent reliable accurate info.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:46

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:46
Well firstly where are you going so people can tell you where the points are.

Are you travelling in Queensland only or nationwide.



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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:53

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 11:53
There are no checkpoints as like WA and SA, just don't take your Ferret or pet rabbit, the only things they check is Horse and stock movements and Ag' machinery, I think in NQ they don't want sugar Cane cuttings imported from other area's but there is no checkpoint for it, As for Coen I can't comment much apart from it wqas setup a few years back when some type of bug was prevalent.
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The ferret is a Class 1 declared pest animal and as such is a prohibited pet in Queensland. Other Australian states also have restrictions on keeping ferrets as pets. Ferrets can cause considerable damage to Australian native animals, impact on poultry and spread stock and human diseases.
Ferrets released in New Zealand in an attempt to control rabbits have formed feral populations and have been implicated in the decline of native birds, including the kakapo, black stilts and royal albatrosses.
There is a maximum fine of 800 penalty units ($60,000) for keeping a ferret. Only zoos and film and television productions are eligible for permits to keep ferrets.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:39

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:39
Doug,
The Coen checkpoint would have been set up as part of the
Papaya Fruit Fly eradication campaign

If indeed they are still operating the checkpoint there (I haven't been up that way since 1963), it would be to restrict the little blighter to the cape, as they are unable to prevent him from coming across from PNG on a regular basis...

AFAIK, none of the other checkpoints (south & west of Cairns) are currently in use.. No doubt they would re-activate them in the event of another outbreak..

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:31

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:31
Yes...that's the little blighters name, thanks Ed,
I was driving Trucks at the time and they points between Innisfail and Cairns, Rollingstone,Cardwell, and top of Palmerston Hwy, and just South of Silkwood,

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Reply By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:12

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:12
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Have not had to throw out fruit and veg in Qld. The map shows the main roads weve been on. The map isn't big enough to draw in the dirt tracks and roads travelled.Travelling in and out of SA and VIC you need to be careful.
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:13

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:13
Mobicondo
Just read your passage again. Are you carrying plants or food.
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:34

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 12:34
There used to be a checkpoint on one of the "Border Ranges" lesser used border crossings a few years back ... locked gate and "any fruit" question and everything ... was quite amusing considering all the "unrestricted" main road access to NSW.

Poor bloke had probably been up there for 50yrs and forgotten about by govt ..... LOL

I understand your grief MobiCondo .... If there are rules and regulations imposed on the public ... that information should be freely and EASILY available ...

In your case ... A map showing checkpoints, if any - would be an oh so easy thing to expect.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:33

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:33
OzTroopy
You mean the Lion Rd Casino to Rathdowney...

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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 19:09

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 19:09
Border Range was probably a bit off track ... lol

Further west ... Palen Ck or Mt Clunie NP.

Wasnt one of the main roads which was the reason surprised to find a manned gate.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 19:44

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 19:44
OzTroopy
I took a shortcut back to Brisbane once over the Lions Road, the bloke on the gate got a surprise to see a semi traversing that road.

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Reply By: long haired nomad - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:02

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:02
There was a check point a few years ago on the Millia Millia to Innisfail rd, near all those small water falls just of the road. Again as someone said it might of been open just for that Papaya friut fly scare.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:30

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:30
Quote from the fruit fly website:

Here’s a quick reference guide to help plan your journey in and around the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. Remember, you cannot take fruit or vegetables (eg capsicum, chilli, eggplant, tomatoes etc) over state borders into South Australia, New South Wales or Victoria and you must eat or dispose of fruit or fruiting vegetables before travelling through the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone, the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area or the Riverina Protected Areas.

New South Wales

You cannot take fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone or Riverina.
You cannot cross the state border from Victoria into New South Wales with fruit or vegetables unless accompanied by Plant Health Certification (for details, contact the Dept of Primary Industries).
You cannot take fruit or fruiting vegetables from Sydney to Broken Hill, Griffith, or Hay.
Do not cross the state borders into Victoria or South Australia with fruit or fruiting vegetables.
You can carry fruit and fruiting vegetables from Sydney to Dubbo or from Sydney to Wagga Wagga, provided your journey does not take you into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone at any time.
South Australia

You cannot bring fruit or vegetables over the state border into South Australia.
Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables over the state border into New South Wales (including Broken Hill) or Victoria.
You must not to take fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Riverland or South Australian areas of the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (including Loxton, Morgan, Waikerie and Renmark), unless they were purchased within South Australia and are accompanied by an itemised shop receipt Plant Health Certification (contact PIRSA for details). Produce with receipts cannot be carried across state borders.
Victoria

Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables over the state border into Victoria from South Australia or New South Wales.
Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables from Melbourne into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone or into the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area.
Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables across the border into New South Wales or South Australia.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:35

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:35
No Honey, Hessian ,and Cardboard Cartons to WA.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 18:42

Saturday, Jul 04, 2009 at 18:42
Or vegetables or fruit unless frozen or cooked,walnuts shelled only.
No garlic, onions, plants or cane toads.

You wont miss the checkpoint going west from Katherine.

Just dont upset the female inspector or you may end up with all your gear on the road as she goes through everything.

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