October 23, 2007

Nine equine flu decontamination points are operating across NSW, where vehicles are washed inside and out with detergent and drivers are provided with disinfectant to spray and wipe the inside of their vehicle's cabin.

New South Wales chief veterinary officer Bruce Christie said that all vehicles that have transported horses within the purple zone must be decontaminated at one of these points before leaving the zone.

"Vehicles will only be considered decontaminated when: all inside and outside surfaces (not cabin) have been covered with detergent, all loose material has been removed and when the cabin is disinfected," he said.

Drivers must ensure their cabins do not contain stored horse blankets or other equipment. They must also wash the soles and the tops of their boots. Drivers must also ensure their vehicle has no loose material (eg dirt, hay, manure).

Vehicles containing loose material that cannot be washed will not be allowed to leave the purple zone because they risk spreading the disease.

Bookings should be made 24 hours in advance at most of the following decontamination points:

TAMWORTH: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, Freight Management Pty Ltd, 19 Cook St Tamworth. Bookings, phone: 6763 1402

QUIRINDI: from this Saturday. 9am-5pm, 7 days a week, old Quirindi Saleyards, Prior St Quirindi. Bookings, phone: 6763 1402.

SCONE: 6am-9pm, 7 days, Scone Saleyards, end of Muffet St, Scone. No bookings.

RUTHERFORD: 7am-6pm, 7 days, Maitland Saleyards, 52 Kyle St, Rutherford. Bookings, phone: 4329 5044 or 0437 040 562.

RAYMOND TERRACE: Raymond Terrace Car Buffs, cnr William Bailey St and Port Stephens St, Raymond Terrace. Bookings, phone: 4329 5044 or 0437 040 562.

BERKSHIRE PARK: 8am-6pm, 7 days (horse floats only), Maxi Shine Car Wash, 770 Richmond Road, Berkshire Park. Bookings, phone: 4588 2150 or 0407 290 773.

PENRITH: 5am-4pm, Monday to Friday, Riley's Truckwash, 1 Coombes Drive, Penrith. Bookings, phone: 4588 2150 or 0407 290 773.

SMEATON GRANGE/NARELLAN: 7am-4pm, Monday to Friday, 8am-12noon Saturday. Tri City Trucks, 10 Dunn St Smeaton Grange, (off Anderson Rd, via Camden Valley Way). Bookings, phone: 4640 6585.

MILPERRA: 7am-5pm, Monday to Friday, Tactical Cargo Solutions, 61 Ashford Ave, Milperra. Bookings, phone: 4640 6585. .