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SWELL TIMES IN PINNAROO He’s 300 kilometres from the ocean but Mallee surfing enthusiast Kade Richardson is taking his town to the world Story Page 4
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NEW FISH THREAT SOUTH Australian aquatic pest experts are concerned about the discovery of a fish species in the Riverland, which has the potential to take over the native habitat. Dubbed as the ‘new carp’, the sub-tropical weather loach was first identified in South Australia at Chowilla after making its way down river with interstate floodwaters. Biosecurity SA Aquatic Pests
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BRAD PERRY manager Vic Neverauskas said it is too early to tell whether the fish will have a harmful impact on the region’s river system. “We’ve got a freshwater aquatic
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pests emergency response plan which is what we would activate in the event of a new incursion or a response to an incursion and this is certainly what we would do with this one,” he said. “At this point in time, we can’t activate that plan because of where the water is.
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INTERSTATE fruit fly outbreaks have prompted new calls for the Riverlandâ€™s Yamba quarantine station to continue operating 24 hours a day. Proposed State Government budget cuts have resulted in plans to cease night shifts at the crucial quarantine roadblock. Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, who has continually campaigned for the retention of the nightshifts, issued a grievance in State Parliament on Tuesday, expressing his concern about a potential $4 million cost to the Riverland citrus industry if a fruit fly outbreak were to occur in the region. Mr Whetstone urged the State Governmentâ€™s Agriculture Minister Michael Oâ€™Brien to rescind the decision to end roadblock night shifts. â€œIt has recently been put to me that Queensland fruit fly detections and outbreaks have been recorded in more than 80 locations in New South Wales and Victoria this season,â€? Mr Whetstone said in parliament. â€œThere have also been four detections of Queensland fruit fly in Adelaide suburbs this year.â€? Mr Whetstone also reported that Yamba night shift crew members continue to intercept and confiscate produce and are currently inspecting trucks bringing wine grapes into the region. â€œThe Tri-state Fruit Fly Committee says that a staggering 12 per cent of travellers are carrying fruit and vegetables in and out of quarantine areas,â€? Mr Whetstone said. â€œThese industries are working very hard to find other aspects of the fruit fly program that could be cut in order to preserve the roadblock night shifts, which demonstrates just how essential the nightshifts are.â€? Mr Whetstone said the State Government has clearly got it wrong in regards to the quarantine station. â€œThe bottom line is: do South Australians want to risk biting into a beautiful fresh South Australian peach and eat maggots?â€? Mr Whetstone asked. â€œNow is not the time to even contemplate a compromise of our quarantine efforts but, instead, put in more resources to strengthen them.â€?
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IN THE Riverland we are currently fighting battles against pests, whether they be mice, crickets or the recently discovered fish, the weather loach. While the mice and crickets are a mere inconvenience and their presence in our homes will abate, we face dangerous environmental consequences if we allow the weather loach to flourish. This is a battle that environmentalists are just starting to fight, hopefully the fish will not become as prevalent in our waters as the European carp. Yet, while all of those other creatures have infiltrated our region, we continue to hold off the ever present fruit fly threat. We have been marshalling our forces against this threat to our crucial horticultural industry for many decades. The State Government is threatening to reduce our frontline troops at the Yamba roadblock in order to save money. But at what cost? We must remain vigilant for as long as fruit fly outbreaks are occurring interstate, or else our borders will be overrun and our industry ruined. The State Government must change this decision, as the ramifications will be disastrous if our borders are left undefended, even if only for a short period of time each day.
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