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Quarantine watch for AFL fans

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Tuesday, 17. September 2013 - 11:15

Quarantine WA teams at the Perth domestic airport and road checkpoints on the interstate borders will be kept busy over the coming weeks as AFL fans move between Perth and the Eastern States for the AFL finals series.

Department of Agriculture and Food Director of Border Biosecurity Greg Pickles reminded fans of the need to keep quarantine rules in mind.

“We need our footy fans to be as passionate about protecting Western Australia’s biosecurity as they are about supporting their teams,” he said.

“We don’t want anything coming over the borders that could threaten our biosecurity, agricultural industries and economy.”

Mr Pickles said footy fans were good at knowing the rules of the game.

“I would ask football fans to ensure they know our quarantine rules in Western Australia,” he said. “All foodstuffs, animal and plant material need to be declared at our borders at the airport or at road checkpoints. This includes fruit, vegetables and honey and seed.”

Mr Pickles said quarantine information was prominently displayed at the airport.

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks for our quarantine teams with the AFL traffic, but they are up for the challenge to ensure no pests and diseases that cause problems for agriculture and the environment in the eastern states gets across our borders into Western Australia, ” Mr Pickles said.

More information on the State’s quarantine regulations is available from the department’s website at


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