Shannon Newley

No need for panic buying

SUGGESTIONS of a major food shortage in Warwick due to flooding and road closures have been rebuffed by council.

Spokesperson Janine Crawford said the local Disaster Management Committee had been in contact with local businesses to monitor stock levels.

“Authorities are not concerned about supply of groceries in Warwick, things might be a little tight for the next day or two but there is no real concern there,” she said.

“Police have advised there may be some shortages locally in items such as bread, but they are not concerned about any long term shortages. They expect deliveries to the area to begin again this week.”

Warwick IGA owner John Hyslop said while some items may be a little short there was no need to panic as people started to stockpile staples such as bread and milk.

“We have a truckload of groceries coming to the store tonight (Thursday) and we just hope to keep up with stock as much as possible,” he said.

In the meantime, local IGA and Woolworths stores had ramped up production of bread to cover shortages and said even if fresh milk ran out there was plenty of long life milk in stock on the shelves.

The closure of the Brisbane Markets could have implications for local fruit and vegetable supply but Percy Pugliese of Percy’s Fruit Market was optimistic yesterday.

He said there would be a fairly big impact in the short term but the situation could be rectified in the coming weeks.

Mr Pugliese spent the last few days visiting local farms to source produce in time for today’s market.

“We have a full complement of stuff here thanks to a lot of running around, the only thing we don’t have is broccoli.”

He said prices were up slightly but it was not unusual in the circumstances.

“We went out to a farmer today and he was out picking and sloshing around in the mud and it’s hard work, so they probably deserve a bit more.”

The Brisbane Markets are looking for an alternative location while their Rocklea site is cleaned out.

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