Travellers heading north for the East Kimberley tourist season are reminded to leave fresh fruit at home and help keep the area free from Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly).
Seasonal restrictions on bringing fruit into the highly-productive Ord River Irrigation Area are underway to help protect horticultural properties.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Kununurra manager Noel Wilson said the Ord region was free of the pest, enabling access to key interstate and overseas markets.
“Medfly is established further south in the State and it is critical that travellers to the Ord region dispose of fruit before travelling into the area,” Mr Wilson said.
“When travelling north into the Ord region between April and November, do not bring in WA-grown citrus or stone fruit.”
Quarantine road signs are in place before Warmun and the Cockburn rest stop (intersection of the Great Northern Highway and the Victoria Highway), where bins to dispose of fruit and vegetables are available. There are also honesty bins at caravan parks in Kununurra.
The department’s Quarantine WA service conducts surveillance checks on citrus and stone fruit imports into the local supermarkets and hotel/motels in Kununurra, to ensure the fruit is certified.
The department currently monitors 104 sites (approximately 300 traps) throughout the Ord Valley, and town of Kununurra, as an early warning system against fruit pests.
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