SA Fruit Fly Roadblock nabs 22 people

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Primary Industries officers issued 22 fines over the long weekend to people trying to bring fruit into South Australia.

A roadblock set up at Blanchetown collected more than 100 kilograms of fruit.

Bruce Baker from Primary Industries says it is worrying that some people are disobeying the law after several recent fruit fly outbreaks in SA.

There have been three fruit fly outbreaks across Adelaide in recent weeks and agricultural officers have warned of the potential that SA's fruit and vegetable industries could be devastated.

(For those that had any doubts about the effectivness of random checks by roving PI Inspectors, think again as you will be caught.)
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 10:19

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 10:19
Yes, it's a pity that people try to bring stuff through, maintaining that their fruit/veg is uninfected, unlike everyone esle's. The quarantine is there for a reason.
WA might have fruit fly, but it is still free of codlin moth, but over the years, there have been a few outbreaks of the moth from people stupidly bringing in apples from the east. It must be heartbreaking for the growers to see their mature apple trees ripped out and burnt to rid the area of codlin moth.
A friend once smuggled in a "happy plant" cutting from Hawaii and gave it to me as a "gift". I put it in water, it sprouted, then I saw these small worms wriggling in the water. God only knows what they were, but they wouldn't have been welcomed here in Aust. The plant was burnt and the water boiled before discarding.
And on another note, the cane toads are just a few kms out of Kununurra now, a female being found on the outskirts of town the other day. What a shame that govts didn't tackle this problem 50 years ago. These could devastate the wildlife of the Kimberley.
Gerry

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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 10:54

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 10:54
The worst thing is cane toads have a trail pheromone that they leave when they are out searching.

If only one cane toad makes the distance the others will follow in it's foot steeps.


People don't understand or care about importing stuff illegally or traveling with stuff over boarders.

Good on the inspectors for nabbing them.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 13:16

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 13:16
Jock ,a part of the state by Quarantine system that most travellers object to ,you do the right thing and hand over or dispose of the fruit and veg at the crossing , same day you buy replacements in the new state ,road leads you back interstate again and back again to the fruit fly free zone , your recently purchased fruit from a fruit fly free zone is now confiscated again even though it has spent x amount of time in a fully sealed fridge or container and in no way can be fruit fly infected ,,
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 14:04

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 14:04
Hi Alloy,
yes I guess here in WA, one doesn't duck back and forth across the border too much in a day. But I was peeved when I left Halls Creek in the Kimberley and drove north via the Duncan Highway, which came out near Kununurra, but on the NT side. On re-entering WA, I had to hand over some veges I'd bought the previous day in Halls Creek, despite pleading that they were sourced from WA.
And, like you say, I was peeved traveling along the Murray in NSW, discovering signs warning of quarantines when I'd just bought a heap of fruit about 30km back. Had to dump the lot! Hmmmm.
There used to be strict fruit fly zones here in WA southwest, but the Govt seems to have given up on movement of fruit through these areas now. Just interstate stuff. But the SW orchardists do get miffed when they religiously bait for fruit fly and find their efforts wasted by someone who's brought infected fruit down from the city.
Once (back in the 60's) it was compulsory to register and bait all domestic fruit trees for fruit fly here in Perth, but one silly old bag reckoned she'd go to jail rather than pay the fine for not baiting. The Govt gave up, so now there is quite a bit of fruit fly thru the city. It's a pain trying to domestically grow figs, loquats, etc in some 'burbs without them being struck by fly.
Gerry

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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 17:58

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 17:58
Sorry Gerry

But the worms - did you steam them? mix them with tofu? or just mix them up with the mushrooms?

Cheers
John
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:31

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 18:31
John,
I couldn't find any worm recipes at the time. Pity....
:-)

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Reply By: Member - Bruce T (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:10

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:10
I read somewhere just recently that it has been discovered that meat ants attack young cane toads as they come out of the breeding pools and this results in the death of most of them. They are Australian ants. Hopefully this can help control or eradicate them.

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 13:31

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 13:31
Augathella Qld promotes itself as the " Home of the Meatant" , can't remember ever seeing a cane toad there, LOL.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 20:32

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 20:32
Not only would I issue a bloody fine to ignorant people smuggling fruit into the State, I would ask them to turn around and bugger off back to where they come from.

I believe the officials from Primary Industries are doing a thankless job to protect the State from fruit fly infestation.
Similarly, Fisheries Officers are normally abused by those cretins who take whatever they can catch, regardless of size or protected species status. Hit the buggers with all that laws allow I say.

Now, I am not just a parochial South Australian as other States have "restrictions" for similar or different situations. I just learn to comply with whatever rules exist and enjoy my travels.

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Follow Up By: Max - Sydney - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 21:23

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 21:23
And the officials move forward in leaps and bounds.

We go into SA at least twice every year, and last month for the first time ever the official at Pinnaroo asked to look in our vegetable bin in the caravan. Woohoo!

They found out that f&v is not only carried in the fridges. Amazing.

The inspection and rules when you go into SA are annoyingly inconsistent - sometimes there is no one at the inspection points, sometimes we are showing the officials our fridges while B- Doubles roar past in the outside lane, sometimes they tell you there are lots of things you can bring in, then nothing at all.

Don't get me wrong, we eat precooked f&v from when we leave Wagga till we get to Adelaide and stock up again. Likewise we comply going back.

But no inspection we have ever had has been better than cursory.

And you say that you obey all the rules? Have you ever carried rice into the Zone along the Murray - Murrumbidgee area in NSW without a permit? If so, "turn around and bugger off back to where they (You) come from" as you said Bill. Its prohibited. Read the new booklet and I'll bet you have broken some rules.

(I know, the rice in our van when we read this was grown and packed in Leeton in the Zone. But that's the rules.)

The rules are confusing, enforced erratically and amazingly complicated. But please don't make us poor residents of lesser states into unwanted criminals - maybe we are just confused.

Max
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Reply By: equinox - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 21:31

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 21:31
What is your source Dio?

Your information can only be hearsay if you did not quote it from somewhere, which makes it somewhat useless.

If you have the information by some other means eg. You have the knowledge from your occupation, you should at the very least state what your occupation is to create authenticity to your post. Did Bruce Baker give you the information in good faith or did you acquire it by other means? Otherwise, the information is still useless.

I await your response.

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Follow Up By: snapper49 - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 23:50

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 23:50
Fruit fly roadblock nabs 22 people
Mar 10, 2010 9:38am
Primary Industries officers issued 22 fines over the long weekend to people trying to bring fruit into South Australia.

Primary Industries officers issued 22 fines over the long weekend to people trying to bring fruit into South Australia.

A roadblock set up at Blanchetown collected more than 100 kilograms of fruit.

Bruce Baker from Primary Industries says it is worrying that some people are disobeying the law after several recent fruit fly outbreaks in SA.


ABC news

http://www.optuszoo.com.au/regional_news/110356/riverland/fruit-fly-roadblock-nabs-22-people.html
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Follow Up By: equinox - Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 23:56

Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 23:56
Thanks snapper, perhaps DIO let them know :)

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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 02:15

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 02:15
for those who dont know-DIO never comes back to "authenticate" his posts.

Others would call it "trolling"
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 09:34

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 09:34
I am aware that Dio is renowned for his trolling at times but he did quote the ABC news report. Some of the above replies appear to make light of the reasons for Fruit Fly inspections and I agree that many inspections in the vehicles are cursory, but the inspectors ALWAYS ask if you are carrying fruit and vegies. If you lie to them and say no if you are really carrying produce, what does that say about you. I live in the Riverland and I well know the consequences of a Fruit Fly outbreak. It is devastating to the whole community. For example, if you have a vineyard in Renmark, and an outbreak occurs there and you deliver your fruit to the winery at say Berri which is only 20k's away, you can no longer deliver your fruit outside of the exclusion zone to Berri which means at the present over supply conditions, your entire crop will get dumped on the ground. that means NO income for the next 12 months. There might be 100 growers in the exclusion area that would all be affected in the way that I have described. If each grower (small family enterprise) produced approx 200 tonnes of grapes at say $300 per tonne in todays depressed market you can see the affect that would occur. The above adds up to $6million and I have understated the figures not overstated.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 10:48

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 10:48
Used to be a Fruit Fly roadblock just on the Victorian side of the Murray river at the start of the 'mad mile'between Albury NSW and Wodonga Vic , locals of both sides would get a windscreen sticker allowing the vehicle to pass through without being searched , cant remember ever even once having a piece of NSW fruit fly infected while living in Albury and working in Wodonga and vice versa , then again back then I didn't think Fruit flys could read a line on a map , pretty sure they dont read now.
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Follow Up By: OREJAP - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 15:34

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 15:34
Those flies no etticate!!! Just like all those nature animals that run,hop & fly out of National Parks into state forest & annoy my dog!!! Can't the rangers do something to protect domestic pets. It's getting ridiculous the birds,kangas,wombats & other natives are not obeying the signs....but then again maybe the Rangers have placed the signs facing the wrong way!!!
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