Shop­pers re­lieved, re­plen­ished

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALL­BONE

SU­PER­MAR­KET man­agers are re­lieved to hear trucks are on their way to the Dou­glas re­gion to re­plen­ish the empty shelves with ba­sic foods that were in short sup­ply last week.

Milk, eggs, bread, meat, fruits and veg­eta­bles were slowly di­min­ish­ing in the lo­cal Coles, Wool­worths and IGA stores last week as de­liv­ery trucks were af­fected by the flood cri­sis.

Sec­tions of the Bruce High­way be­tween Bris­bane and Townsville re­opened this week al­low­ing trucks to roll up to the Far North by road and rail.

Port Dou­glas IGA man­ager Paul Dou­glas told the Gazette last week he saw many empty holes on his shelves and the only thing he could do is go to church and pray.

“We were def­i­nitely af­fected by the floods. A lot of our shelves were look­ing empty so it is good to see that we are about 85 per cent back on track with more de­liv­er­ies ar­riv­ing to­mor­row,” he said.

“If Bris­bane had of been more flooded we would be in big trou­ble.”

Coles Port Dou­glas man­ager Ja­son Smith was well pre­pared for the short­age and or­gan­ised de­liv­er­ies two weeks ago.

“We are ac­tu­ally to a point where we have so much stock we have had to pull fill­ings out of fridges to hold it all,” he said.

“We have stock com­ing from Syd­ney this week with dairy, freezer and bak­ery prod­ucts, we have had two planes with 140 pal­lets come through over the week­end and all the road trains are able to come through quick and fast.”

Wool­worths spokesman Bene­dict Brook said the de­liv­er­ies that were ar­riv­ing were very spo­radic and did not nec­es­sar­ily bring the prod­ucts needed.

“The food de­liv­ery was very patchy and a lot of our stores no­ticed that the ne­ces­si­ties such as milk, bread and toi­let rolls were in high de­mand,” he said.

“We ended up hav­ing to fly ap­prox­i­mately six planes into Townsville to de­liver food to the Moss­man store.

“Now that the roads have re­opened and the rail re­opened yes­ter­day we can guar­an­tee to see a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in stock on the shelves.

“It is get­ting back on track and we are get­ting sup­plies to stores as soon as we can but I don’t ex­pect stores to ap­pear back to nor­mal un­til the end of the week.”

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