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Toll, RAAF and supermarket chains scramble for North QLD flood relief

  • Posted on Thursday 7th, February 2019.

Transport and logistics company, Toll, is mobilising all available options to support the delivery of essential food and household items to residents in North Queensland impacted by flooding.

The conditions in North Queensland are said to be a one in a hundred year event - flooding and monsoonal rain have cut off areas of the state, making it almost impossible to access via road or rail.

Toll is working with supermarket retailers Woolworths and Coles to assist with delivering essential freight to affected areas. To mark a first for Toll, it will be working alongside the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), using C-17 aircraft to support these deliveries. Goods were delivered to Amberley Air Force Base, and airlifted by the RAAF to Townsville Air Force Base, and met on arrival by Toll trucks to supply local supermarket stores.

Toll said in a statement on 6 February that land access may be returning to North Queensland. Approximately 400 tonnes of essentials will be transported by Toll under special emergency permit with police escort. The freight will be moved from Mackay and Bowen through to Townsville and Cairns. An urgent assessment of bridge and road infrastructure was conducted to ensure the safe passage of the convoy of 10 road trains on the revised routes.

“The team have done an amazing job to assist our customers at short notice, ensuring we were able to move freight into the impacted areas,” said Toll Group General Manager Aviation & Air Express, Noel Prosser.

“We will continue to assist throughout the week, to ensure goods reach the communities affected.” he said. “The RAAF operation on Tuesday night would not have been possible without the extraordinary help of the Australian Government, providing a C-17 to support our partners.”

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