Fruit and veg into WA

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 19:58
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Travelling the Anne Beadell from Coober Pedy then CSR.Are there any restrictions on carrying fruit/veg in this direction to WA?
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Reply By: ian - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 20:06

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 20:06
Mary,
You are not allowed to take fruit and veggies to W.A, this road included. There is a bin to deposit them in at the border. There is also a big sign.
It is an honesty system.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 20:07

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 20:07
Hi Mary

You will meet this sign about 2 days before arriving in Laverton.

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It is a great trip with lots of ever changing scenery.


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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 20:43

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 20:43
Thanks Stephen
Is as I expected as live in Mildura region so know the importance of these restrictions just wanted to be sure as others in the travelling group may not be aware.
I guess Wiluna would be the best place to re supply before the CSR .Is there a good supply of fresh fruit and veg available?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 22:14

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 22:14
Hi Mary

Depending on what day of the week it is, you should be able to re stock in Laverton in the general store there or else there is a larger general store in Leonora.

If you are looking for a good meal when you get into Laverton, the local pub may not look the best from the outside, but they serve good meals inside.

Have a great trip.


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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 22:48

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 22:48
We shopped at Leonora when coming back from Central Australia. Apart from purchasing a few very limited supplies at Yulara (they did have some fresh fruit and vege), we had been touring for some time since leaving Alice Springs so Leonora was our first chance to shop. A reasonable range at the small supermarket.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 22:43

Saturday, Jun 04, 2011 at 22:43
Hi Mary

When entering WA, it is not just fruit fly but a variety of others pests and diseases, weeds and seeds.

Restrictions when entering WA

Things you may not bring in include fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, soil in any form, honey, cardboard cartons which have contained food, seeds including those which may adhere to the vehicle, clothing or footwear.

I doesn't matter where you cross the border, the need and the rules are still the same.

Apart from salad greens, there are plenty of alternatives with dehydrated or canned products, frozen or cooked products to have a healthy diet. We have a 'cook up' before reaching the border.

Quarantine and Exclusion and living without fresh veges

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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 07:18

Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 07:18
We have found them to be particularly tough on honey. There seem to be diseases in the east that are not in the west.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 08:31

Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 08:31
I wonder what the true risk of contamination might be from the importation of soil and seeds including those which may adhere to the vehicle, clothing or footwear.

It's fine to say not to take these things across the border, but what facilities have been put in place to assist travellers to rid themselves of these things?

I guess it's left up to a common sense approach but my experience tells me common sense isn't always that common. :)

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 17:04

Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 17:04
Hi Fab

Yes, we expect most people to have common sense, and to check the requirements as those asking questions here or looking at the websites are doing, but as you say, not everyone will exhibit that common sense approach. That is why we have had diseases enter the west, eg coddling moth in fruit, resulting in us losing our orchards to prevent the spread, and for beekeepers to have heir whole capital infrastructure of hives and their livestock - the bees - burnt to prevent the spread of the foulbrood; devastating for them. We have had outbreaks of weeds such as skeleton weed and noogoora burr, and i have seen caltrop in WA. Farming is heartbreaking enough without further diseases and contaminants to destroy our crops and livelihood. The inspectors will give someone they think is not doing the right thing a thorough going over, an like customs inspectors, they develop a seventh sense for knowing who to search.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 17:42

Sunday, Jun 05, 2011 at 17:42
Thanks for the info folks.
Does Wiluna also have a general store /supermarket?
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