PLANT QUARANTINE

WHETHER YOU TRAVEL BY CAR

PLANE, TRAIN, SHIP, OR BUS ...

Keep Australia Clean —by Plant Quarantine

Australia has fewer plant enemies than most countries. Losses occur, however, in grain, fruit and vegetable crops from diseases and pests mostly introduced before Plant Quarantine became effective. These losses mean less or dearer food for Australia and control measures are expensive.

SPREAD OF DISEASES

Plant Quarantine services of the Commonwealth and the States are now organised to prevent introduction of new plant scourges from overseas and to check the spread of pests and diseases already in Australia. Even single plants or fruits may introduce a pest or a disease or spread it from one part of Australia to another.

QUARANTINE PRECAUTIONS

Under the Quarantine Act, the Federal Government regulates the importation of all plant material to ensure that the best new varieties are safely introduced. Each State in Australia controls the interstate or intrastate movements of fruit, plants and vegetables which may spread pests and diseases. Entry of certain plant material is in some instances prohibited.

Grapevines, or any part of them, are not allowed into South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland, or the Shires of Mildura, Swan Hill and Kerang in Victoria—a precaution against the spread of Phylloxera;

Apples, pears and quinces are not admitted to Western Australia because that State is free from Codling Moth; Apple trees are prohibited entry because the State is free from Apple Scab;

Fruit subject to infestation by Fruit Fly emanating from known affected areas is prohibited entry into South Australia and Tasmania. All fruit entering Victoria must be packed to commercial standards (South Australia and Victoria have already spent large sums in successful eradication campaigns against Fruit Fly);

Specified fruits and vegetables are barred entry into the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area of New South Wales.


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How Can YOU Help?

The traveller’s part is to make sure that he is not the person responsible for fresh outbreaks in clean areas. Unless Plant Quarantine authorities in your State or Territory confirm that it is safe to do so.

AVOID—

(1)    carrying fruit, vegetables, flowers or seedlings when you travel;

(2)    sending by post, rail, road or air any plant material;

(3)    introducing any plants or timbers from other countries, except through normal trade channels.

SEEK INFORMATION

CONSULT the Department of Agriculture in your State or the Commonwealth Department of Health in Canberra to find out how plant material may be moved safely. Your State Department of Agriculture will gladly give you details of Quarantine provisions—State or Federal. Where it is possible to move plants safely, ensure that they are properly certificated.

WHERE TO ENQUIRE

CANBERRA - Department of Health - M 2064-5 State Departments of Agriculture:

SYDNEY    - -    57 Broadway -    -    -    MA1354

MELBOURNE    -    Treasury Gardens    -    -    MF 0321

BRISBANE    -    -    William Street    -    -    -    FB 0381

ADELAIDE    -    -    Gawler Place    -    -    -    W 0266

PERTH -    - -    Adelaide Terrace    -    -    BF4431

HOBART-    -    -    Murray Street    -    -    -    B 7441

Issued by the Commonwealth Department of Health for the Australian Agricultural Council.

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