Woolworths Pialba manager Scott Harrison was happy to provide a Blackwater supply flight with eggs. The supermarket store will run with low stock for a couple of days.
Woolworths Pialba manager Scott Harrison was happy to provide a Blackwater supply flight with eggs. The supermarket store will run with low stock for a couple of days. Valerie Horton

Eggs-press delivery to flooded town

FOR ABOUT a week the community of Blackwater, west of Rockhampton, had been without eggs.

But that changed on Monday when Woolworths Pialba sent about 20 cartons of eggs to the town, which has had little to no road and rail access for weeks due to extensive flooding.

The eggs were flown into the area by mining company Wesfarmers Resources, which has a mine near the Blackwater township.

Woolworths spokesperson Clare Buchanan said Woolworths had faced similar challenges throughout flood-affected areas around the state as road closures affected supply.

“The Hervey Bay store stepped in and gave 20 cartons of 12 eggs which were taken to Blackwater on a special flight, along with other supplies,” she said.

“As you can imagine, deliveries have been somewhat challenging.”

She said while produce had been moved between stores in the past few weeks as supplies dwindled in certain areas due to the flooding, conditions were slowly starting to ease, making deliveries easier.

While the closure of the Bruce Highway at Rockhampton was still causing some problems, supplying other areas was becoming easier for the supermarket giant, Ms Buchanan said.

Scott Harrison, manager of the Pialba store, said the store had been left “a bit short” of eggs but it was worth it to help the victims of floods.

He said that while the store was fundraising for the flood appeal, along with all other Woolworth stores, supplying the eggs had allowed the store to make a unique contribution to the relief efforts.

“It was something out of the blue,” he said.

“We'll help with whatever we can.”



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