STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE: Peter and Julie Beel handled the heat in the kitchen when people from Rockhampton came to Mount Larcom to be fed.
STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE: Peter and Julie Beel handled the heat in the kitchen when people from Rockhampton came to Mount Larcom to be fed. Mike Richards

Cafe hands out food to cyclone-affected

HOT pies have been flying out the door of the Mount Larcom Cafe to feed people who have been affected by Cyclone Marcia.

Julie Beel didn't have time to have her morning coffee on Saturday before she was swamped by hungry people who had come down from Rockhampton looking for food.

She said all 400 pies were sold by lunchtime.

"It was pure madness," she said. ""We had no ice, no drinks. Whatever people could get their hands on they did."

She said many people didn't have any money because there was no power to use the eftpos machine.

"I gave out a lot of stuff and just said don't worry about it," she said.

"One lady took $44 worth of pies on her way to get a generator from Bundy. Twenty-four hours later she came back with $44."

The cafe was using one generator to keep a fridge cold for drinks and was using the gas oven in the kitchen because the electric oven didn't work.

They ended up throwing out more than $10,000 of produce that couldn't be kept cold before the power was restored on Sunday night.

They had declined to accept their ice delivery because they knew it was needed in Rockhampton.

Peter Beel said some credit needed to be given to Gladstone regional councillor Matt Burnett and State MP Glenn Butcher.

"They have come out here twice, once each day to see what we needed in Mount Larcom," he said.

"They have put in calls to Ergon Energy and helped clear all of the trees off the road. It's great to see local representatives getting things done."



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