THE State Government, police and emergency services have lifted road restrictions and closures around Queensland’s largest fresh fruit and vegetable market, ensuring produce transport can go ahead.
Rocklea Markets in Sherwood was engulfed by six metres of floodwater on Wednesday when the state’s south-east corner was inundated by flooding, prompting major concerns for an alternative distribution centre for fresh produce.
A temporary site has been established on Boundary Road in Brisbane which will give fresh produce wholesalers and buyers adequate room to store supplies ready for transport to wider Queensland.
Transport companies are also sourcing alternative routes into the Central Highlands reminded shoppers not to panic-buy.
Supermarkets in Duaringa, Dingo, Bluff, Blackwater, Springsure and Rolleston were all severely affected by the floods but supplies are being monitored and the Central Highlands Regional Council is ensuring they are restocked with food.
“Council is doing the best it can to ensure the supplies get here, as quickly as it can,” Deputy Mayor Paul Bell said.
“Stock may be 24 hours late, but it is getting here. I am receiving daily updates at 2pm as to where trucks are, and they are definitely getting through.”
Target Country will also reopen tomorrow for trading at 1 Cottonview Street in Emerald, providing essential items while the Centro Shopping Centre remains closed.
Store Manager Krystie Irving said the temporary store will open tomorrow from 9am to 5pm, and will trade Monday to Saturday.
“We would ask our customers’ understanding when they visit the temporary store as it is in a shed, with reduced register capacity and currently no air-conditioning,” Ms Irving said.
“Our priority has been to get the temporary store up and running as soon as possible to give the community access to basic essentials.”
Residents are being reminded to remain calm regarding food supplies getting to the Central Highlands, and not resort to panic-buying.
“People really have to be reasonable when shopping and not buy food they wouldn’t normally have just because they think there is a shortage,” Cr Bell said.
“The supermarkets have good networks nationally, not just in Queensland, and those networks are here for when things like this happen.
“We are in a very secure place for getting food supplies.”
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