Meat manager Damien Coombs restocks milk supplies at Woolworths the Valley Shopping Centre.
Meat manager Damien Coombs restocks milk supplies at Woolworths the Valley Shopping Centre. Jen Tybell

Don't milk the system

GOT milk? Yes we do.

A milk truck was being unloaded at the Woolworths in Goondoon Street yesterday afternoon, but as staff were loading it on the shelves, customers were taking it off again.

Customers were restricted to two bottles each.

Supermarkets were anxiously waiting for trucks to arrive in Gladstone yesterday, with Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers promising stores would have fresh stock by opening time this morning.

The Bruce Highway around Gympie was reopened yesterday to the south and through the heart of town, six days after floodwaters closed the national highway link.

A busload of Gracemere residents will arrive in Gladstone today to go shopping and see medical specialists, but residents are being urged not to ‘panic buy’ like earlier this week.

“I’m disappointed in the behaviour of a few Gladstone residents over the past few days in relation to food shortages and the fact that I’m hearing about it through the media and social websites,” Cr Sellers said.

“I don’t like to see the Gladstone community mentioned in the media in such a negative light because it really is a very generous helping community, looking at what we’ve done for flood victims in Theodore, Emerald, Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

“My immediate advice to the people who are crisis buying is to stop and think and take stock of your situation. We are the lucky ones, when we wake up in the morning we have our family, our homes, our possessions, food, power and water.”

A spokesman for Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd’s office said there would be a maximum of 30 pensioners from Gracemere arriving in Gladstone this morning with some wanting to see an optometrist, some a doctor, some to get prescriptions filled, get hair cuts and some to have a cup of coffee and get out of Gracemere for a day.



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