Sally Owen and Dierdre Cahill of Tweed Heads South Palms Convenience Store have been running low on stock due to the floods.
Sally Owen and Dierdre Cahill of Tweed Heads South Palms Convenience Store have been running low on stock due to the floods. John Gass

Supplies low as floods cut roads

TWEED’S convenience stores are struggling to keep their shelves stocked as the fallout from the flood disaster continues.

Huge floods are underway to Tweed’s north and south, with both the Clarence and Brisbane rivers in flood.

Meat and milk prices are set to rise, with production of those staples seriously affected by floods. Supply chains are also disrupted and local businesses are expecting some orders not to arrive this week.

Tweed businesses with suppliers in Brisbane and Grafton have had to source deliveries from other locations or wait for delayed shipments.

Tweed Heads South Palms Convenience Store owner Deirdre Cahill said her business was affected. “I have not received a meat order today, yesterday or all week,” Ms Cahill said.

“Roads are closed and they [the deliveries] can’t get through, even with the trucks.”

The convenience store usually receives shipments from Rocklea, Milton and Redbank and now must source deliveries though other suppliers.

“Our main bakery suppliers told us they are running out of flour,” Ms Cahill said. She was unsure when regular deliveries would resume.

“They cannot tell us when they will be back,” she said.

Tony Nash, owner of BP at Chinderah Bay Drive, said he had not noticed an impact on fuel supply so far and did not expect immediate price rises.

“There have been no supply problems from fuel providers for us,” he said.

“I don’t think there has been any difference in price from the usual cycles.”

But other businesses have been forced to increase prices because of low stock.

Tweed Heads Master Meats assistant manager Bobby Smith said as stocks became lower, prices were likely to increase.

Butchers are sourcing alternative products from Sydney because deliveries from Brisbane arrived two days late, Mr Smith said.

He expected meat deliveries to return to normal by the end of next week.

Taphouse Cellars store manager Terry Evans expected at least two of his Queensland suppliers to be out of action, but orders had arrived on time so far this week.

“There will be a few issues and I will know more about it by the end of the week when I look at what has turned up and what hasn’t,” he said.

Larger supermarket chains such as SPAR and Woolworths have not been as affected by the shortage.

“Tweed stocks are more or less normal at the current time,” a Woolworths spokesman said.

“Woolworths is able to get supplies to the Tweed stores but there are some isolated cases where suppliers are not able to deliver to Woolworths.”

Another Woolworths spokesperson said the supermarket chain had eight stores closed in Brisbane and Ipswich but was restocking other stores in the region daily.

“The issue we have got with supplies is where suppliers have actually closed down – bread factories, milk factories and meat processing factories have closed,” she said.

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