Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Quarantine, Plant quarantine, Western Australia, Eucla (W.A.)

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Border quarantine checkpoints are an integral part of the Agriculture Protection Program - aimed at minimising introductions of unwanted pests, diseases and weeds into Western Australia. Checkpoint staff have the difficult task of seizing fruit and vegetables from travellers, while at the same time portraying a welcome face for visitors to Western Australia. A recently completed upgrade of the Eucla checkpoint on the Western Australian and South Australian border has addressed this contradiction by creating an attractive and welcoming entry point for travellers. John van Schagen reports on the recent upgrade, and the role of quarantine checkpoints in protecting Western Australian agriculture.