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Centurion steps up for Kimberley community

  • Posted on Tuesday 6th, February 2018.

Perth-based transport and logistics business, Centurion, transported supplies from Dampier to Broome by barge as major road access to the region remained impassable over the weekend following a recent tropical storm.

Working with its large retail supermarket customers, Centurion commissioned a barge and redirected road freight through the ports of Dampier and Broome to ensure the much-needed food and supplies reached the local community.

Centurion loaded seven refrigerated trailers of produce on to a barge at Dampier port Friday afternoon to arrive in Broome on Sunday, and then used its local fleet to distribute the goods to the local supermarkets.

The produce will be used to stock shelves of the retailers, which are running low following the damaging floods that swept the area earlier this week.

As part of its strategies to ensure its supply routes to the Kimberley remain open, Centurion has also begun redirecting road freight bound for Kununurra through Port Augusta and Katherine South.

Redirecting freight via this route is 2,095 kilometres and 24 hours longer.

Centurion CEO, Justin Cardaci, said the company was doing all it could to support the local community.

“As a Western Australian company with a strong connection to the regions we are doing everything we can to ensure vital food supplies get through to the local communities,” said Cardaci.

“The damage to road infrastructure is significant and we anticipate that the roads will be impassable in the region for some time.

“Our main concern is ensuring we get food to the area and with the road network impassable, the sea is the only other viable option to move large quantities of produce.

“We’re continuing to support our major supermarket customers to look at the best solutions to move their freight to the Kimberley,” he said.

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