No need to panic

BARE shelves at Bundaberg's supermarkets became even more prominent yesterday with more people rushing to stock up on basic supplies.

But the shoppers should not worry, with a convoy bringing plenty of food set to arrive in Bundaberg today.

Police will open a passage from Gympie to escort the precious cargo through.

Meanwhile, Bundaberg's supermarkets and food stores have been working overtime to keep up with demand.

Brumby's owner Judy Rasmussen said the shop had stepped up its bread baking regime each morning.

“It goes as soon as it hits the shelves — we can't even slice it because it's too warm,” she said.

Mrs Rasmussen said the store's bakers were back at it this morning to provide a fresh supply of bread.

Bakers at supermarkets were also working to provide bread for their stores.

Cornetts IGA Woongarra Street assistant manager Jaye Lawson said they were working on finding a way to get food to Bundaberg.

“Meat copped a bit of a hiding today — that's what people really seemed to want,” he said.

Kevin Cast, owner of Casts Supa IGA in Bargara, said the store had plenty of fresh produce, except for milk.

Woolworths spokesman Benedict Brook said the store was monitoring its Bundaberg stocks and would get more through as soon as possible.

“We will be looking at the situation and working with the state government to get the essentials there if the need arises,” he said.

Stocks at Dan Murphy's, which is operated by Woolworths, were holding well since the Bruce Highway had been cut.

“But the XXXX brewery in Milton has closed, so we will have to work with our suppliers,” he said.

“It would be a tragedy for some Queenslanders to drink a beer from another state.”

Service station owners assured customers there was no need to bulk buy with tankers making their way to Bundaberg from Gladstone.

Paul Wessel, who owns five BP stations in the region, said he was being continually stocked with fuel from the north.

“We had two or three loads last night and more expected today,” he said.

“People just need to be patient.”

Mr Wessel also urged people to check the law and their insurance policy about how much petrol could be legally stored at their home.

Matilda Service Station owner Gary Jensen said he was out of unleaded petrol at his Walker Street and Avoca stores yesterday.

But a tanker was expected to arrive in the Rum City today.

“There would not have been a real problem for us if people had have bought the same amount they usually do,” he said.

Bundaberg Hospital and the Mater Hospital were both well stocked, but the Friendly Society Private Hospital had already flown in some medical equipment.

Friendlies CEO Allan Cooper said the hospital was well stocked but they were keeping a close eye on the situation.

“We have had dribbles of stock coming in via air as they have been needed,” he said.

Mr Cooper said the hospital had spoken to Bundaberg Regional Council about emergency flood relief if the need arose.

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