Legislative Council: Thursday, July 07, 2022


Citrus Industry

In reply to the Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (31 May 2022).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): I thank the honourable member for her question and provide the following response:

The existing Ceduna Quarantine Station is part of the state’s frontline defence to keeping the state fruit fly free and helping to protect the $1.3 billion of susceptible horticultural produce grown annually in South Australia.

The Ceduna Quarantine Station plays a major role in helping to protect the states fruit and vegetable growing industry by defending against the risk of Mediterranean Fruit Fly entering from Western Australia.

The Ceduna Quarantine Station records in excess of 150,000 vehicle movements annually. All traffic approaching the Ceduna station is stopped and searched for fruit fly risk material, and other prohibited goods.

The government is committed to continuing to have a strong enforcement presence at Ceduna.