Brooke McLeod at the Clinton Park Bakery.
Brooke McLeod at the Clinton Park Bakery. Mike Richards

No panic buying in Gladstone yet as cyclone season begins

THE flood and cyclone season is upon us, but Gladstonites are keeping calm and not panic buying.

Clinton Park Bakery owner Marilyn McMurtrie said locals were getting used to cyclones.

"I think people are getting more used to it now; people are accepting the fact that most of them miss us," she said.

"Unless we get totally flooded-in, then they go for a bit of a panic buy.''

During past floods Marilyn has kept her head above water by shipping supplies in.

"I rang our supplier in Rockhampton and got them to barge it down for us. It cost us a little bit extra and we just wore that cost so the customers don't incur any extra," she said.

"We just baked 24 hours around the clock…we just had people lined up right out in the car park."

To ensure that none of her customers missed out, Marilyn took down the names of everyone in the line and told them when the next loaves were available.

This wet season, Marilyn is more than prepared for whatever will come.

"I've got a lot of extra stock on hand just in case. I have it at home. I've got a shed I had especially for that reason that's vermin proofed just to store flour in so I'll get in a couple of tonnes extra," she said.

"So I'm not going to have any dramas. I'm going to have plenty of bread."



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