Too much milk during flood: inquiry

SO much milk was flooding into Rockhampton during the height of panic buying that retailers were looking at pouring it out, a Rocky cop says.

Rockhampton Police Inspector David Peff told the flood inquiry yesterday that residents had misinterpreted a message from Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Brad Carter to “provision themselves appropriately” while the city was cut off from the south.

He said it was reported by the media correctly but interpreted incorrectly by the community “and then we found we had to catch up to stop the panic buying”.

“Anecdotally, this is not a fact, but I was advised there was that much milk in town that the major food suppliers were put in the position where they looked like they were going to actually throw the milk out.

“But because of the community’s perception they panic bought.”

He said there was an issue with resupplying isolated pockets in the region like Alton Downs but that was able to be met locally.



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