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Gulf & Peninsula

17 January, 2021

Cut off Cape York communities provided aerial provisions

Remote Cape York communities will have the reassurance of ample food supplies being delivered from the sky following the effects of ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen.

By Rhys Thomas

Remote Cape York communities will have their provisions delivered from the sky after ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen has reduced the roads inaccessible

Remote Cape York communities will have the reassurance of ample food supplies being delivered from the sky following the effects of ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen.

Community Enterprise Queensland (CEQ) is a not-for-profit remote store operator that provides provisions to supermarkets in the Indigenous communities of Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw and Doomadgee via truck.

Due to the massive rainfall caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Imogen many roads leading to these communities have become inaccessible and CEQ is now utilizing planes to deliver supplies.

CEQ Chief Executive Officer Ian Copeland said the move was a win-win with the use of airplanes to transport goods having zero effect on the price of the goods in store.

“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,” he said.

“Keeping our stores well stocked is particularly important at this time of the year as we are frequently called upon to supply water and essential items in these areas as part of the State’s disaster response efforts.

“These flights are necessary to ensure food security and the health of our communities.”


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