Quarantine and biosecurity across the Groote Archipelago is vitally important to help protect the pristine ecosystems and unique native flora and fauna from introduced pests and diseases. The Groote Archipelago is relatively free from many of the introduced pest species that are common on mainland Australia and it is vital for the economic, environmental, social and cultural values of the Groote Archipelago that it remains this way.
Watch the video below for more information on what you need to know before arriving on Groote Eylandt.
Click here to view the video in Anindilyakwan.
There are restrictions in place to manage the biosecurity risks associated with domestic animals.
For more information regarding species of animals that are prohibited or restricted within the Groote Eylandt Archipelago, please see the prohibited plant and animal species list below.
All plants brought to the Groote Archipelago must be sourced from an approved commercial plant wholesaler only. Pre-approval in writing must be obtained from the ALC before plants are transported by barge to Alyangula – no other method of transport, e.g. via plane, is permitted. Plants and soil can harbor serious pest species such as weeds, cane toads and invasive ants; all of which could have a devastating impact on the ecosystems, native flora and fauna and the Anindilyakwa people if they were to establish in the archipelago.
For more information about bringing plants to the Groote Archipelago, please complete the contact form below.
All freight will be inspected by the ALC Quarantine and Biosecurity Officer and cane toad detection dog on arrival to Groote Eylandt. If you are transporting a vehicle, a vessel, machinery or construction equipment to the Groote Archipelago you must comply with the ALC Quarantine and Biosecurity Conditions.
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The Groote Archipelago is cane toad free. All construction materials, equipment, machinery and vehicles must be inspected for cane toads when they arrive on Groote Eylandt.
Edna is a specialist trained odour detection dog used to detect cane toads that may enter Groote Eylandt via the barge landings. She plays a key role in helping keep the Groote Archipelago cane toad free.
If you see a cane toad anywhere on the Groote Archipelago, please catch it and call (08) 8987 4425 immediately.
The ALC requires all machinery, vehicles, tools, work boots, equipment and other items are washed, cleaned thoroughly and are completely free of soil and organic matter before being transported to the Groote Archipelago. All vehicles, machinery and freight will be inspected and failure to comply with this request may result in the items being returned to the port origin at owner’s expense.
Any breach of the ALC Quarantine and Biosecurity Program may result in refused entry to the Groote Archipelago and the item returned to the port or place of origin at the owner’s expense.