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14 May, 2022

Remote communities stay well stocked

NEARLY 90,000 kilograms of produce has been flown to remote Cape York communities during the recent wet season, keeping the cut off areas well stocked and well fed.


Community Enterprise Queensland provided remote Cape York communities with thousands of kilograms of produce during the recent wet season via air charters.

NEARLY 90,000 kilograms of produce has been flown to remote Cape York communities during the recent wet season, keeping the cut off areas well stocked and well fed. 

Community Enterprise Queensland (CEQ) spent almost half a million dollars on 26 separate air charters to Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, and Doomadgee, successfully delivering 87,000 kilograms of goods over the wet season. 

The organisation continued to deliver supplies to supermarkets in these communities via truck until the roads became too dangerous and the company switched to air charters. 

“We see it as our job during the wet season to go the extra mile to ensure essential goods are supplied to the remote Cape York communities we serve,” CEQ chief executive officer Ian Copeland said. “Our warehouses were filled to capacity prior to the wet season arriving, and we delivered goods by truck as per normal until the wet weather stopped them getting through. “Since then, we have been utilising planes in Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw and Doomadgee to get the necessary food supplies through to residents in these communities via air freight.” 

Most stores had received at least one delivery of produce per week, with up to four tonnes supplied in one delivery.

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