Trans­porters are tak­ing our re­gion to the rest of world

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

STATE-of-the-art Lindsay Trans­port fa­cil­i­ties in Bris­bane help con­nects the North Burnett to the world.

Mun­dub­bera de­pot man­ager Mark Ford said the Lindsay Fresh Lo­gis­tics De­pot (LFL), which was con­nected to Mun­dub­bera by a daily ser­vice, was com­prised of a load­ing and un­load­ing ser­vice.

“It de­liv­ers, to Coles, Woolies, Aldi, Costco, wher­ever it has to go,” Mr Ford said.

“All the de­pots sort of bring all their bits and pieces there.

“So for in­stance if we have six pel­lets, Bund­aberg might have 10, in­stead of send­ing 16 trucks to a su­per­mar­ket with half loads on them, we send them to LFL to com­bine them and send full trucks out to supermarkets.

“LFL are big on ex­port and im­port as well and they have con­tain­ers there for both sea and air, and dis­trib­ute them to the port or the air­port.

“In­stead of bring­ing con­tain­ers up and load­ing them at the farms, we can do it in Bris­bane.”

Mr Ford said the LFL has a num­ber of treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties avail­able.

“We’ve got large cold rooms there for stor­age, fu­mi­ga­tion ser­vices, what­ever needs to be done to the prod­uct we can do,” he said.

Fruit is trans­ported to the LFL by Lindsay’s ex­ten­sive truck fleet.

“We load fruit here and at Cen­tral Fruit Pack­ers,” Mr Ford said.

“For the smaller farms we just bring it back to the shed here and reload it here. Cen­tral Fruit Pack­ers are one of our ma­jor cus­tomers.

“Trucks are loaded, and then we bring them back to weigh them here, to make sure the weights are com­pli­ant, and then we send them off.”

Mr Ford said the com­pany was busy all year round.

“Our cit­rus sea­son is our busiest, from March to Septem­ber, but we have grapes in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, Man­gos in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary and Blue­ber­ries from June to De­cem­ber.

“We’re very re­li­able, ev­ery­thing is re­frig­er­ated and we’ve got de­pots all over the place.

“18 de­pots from Cairns through to Ade­laide.

“We can get the prod­uct to wher­ever is has got to go.”

Cen­tral Fruit Packs op­er­a­tions man­ager Brent Cham­bers said Lindsay’s ser­vice pro­vides him with a peace of mind.

“They’re one of the best peo­ple to use to trans­port fruit form here to cap­i­tal cities,” he said.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

CON­NECT­ING THE BURNETT: Mark Ford says Lindsay Trans­port is busy all year round.

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