A helicopter is used to deliver the Morning Bulletin as roads in the area are cut by flood water and flash flood damage.
A helicopter is used to deliver the Morning Bulletin as roads in the area are cut by flood water and flash flood damage.

Bulletin staff pull out all stops to get paper to readers

UNCERTAINTY last Friday night meant Morning Bulletin staff had to pull out all stops to make sure residents in Gracemere, Biloela and Mt Morgan didn't miss out on their Saturday edition.

Executive general manager Simon Irwin said he took no chances and used a helicopter to guarantee home delivery and make sure the paper got into the shops.

"Gracemere News sold out by 2pm so we had to get more out there," he said.

"People still turn to the Bully. It has dependability."

Mr Irwin said despite occasions when SES and private boats had floated The Bully over Yeppen crossing, he was not aware of any single day, in more than 150 years, when the Bully hadn't been delivered.

Editor Frazer Pearce said every flood or extreme event threw up its challenges for sourcing news and for printing and distributing The Bulletin.

"Sometimes you can plan ahead, other times you need to find a solution very quickly," he said.

"Whether it be flying the paper over floodwater or downloading the Bulletin onto a portable hard drive to deliver to the print site after Telstra went offline, the staff somehow find a way to get the paper out."



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