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The future of Ceduna Quarantine Station still uncertain

May 30, 2012

Adrian Pederick MP

Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Shadow Minister for Forests

The future of Ceduna Quarantine Station still uncertain

The Weatherill Labor Government will not confirm its plans for the Ceduna Quarantine Station after spending upwards of $300,000 renovating and upgrading the current site.

The Ceduna Quarantine Station is a vital roadblock for biosecurity threats to South Australia’s agricultural and horticultural sectors. However Agriculture Minister Gago has failed to rule out a possible relocation of the facility.

When asked about the future of the Ceduna Quarantine Station, Minister Gago failed to quash the rumours the Government is planning to relocate the site to Western Australia.

“SA’s quarantine stations are our line of defence, protecting primary industries against pests and diseases,” Shadow Minister for Agriculture Adrian Pederick said.

“The Ceduna Quarantine Station has played an essential part for over 50 years in protecting our state from biosecurity threats that could severely impact the State’s agricultural production, and ultimately the South Australian economy.

“What I can’t believe is the Government is happy to spend $300,000 upgrading the site yet will not rule out the possibility of relocating the site to Western Australia and subcontracting it to the Western Australian Government.

“This just continues to show the lack of concern the Weatherill Government has for South Australia’s agriculture industry.”



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