Mackay floods push up Queensland transport costs

By: Jason Whittaker


Trucking operators in Queensland are feeling the effects of the Mackay floods, with damage to supply routes pushing up the

Trucking operators in Queensland are feeling the effects of the Mackay floods, with damage to supply routes pushing up the cost of doing business.

"Many of the supply routes to central Queensland have been seriously disrupted and that has inevitably created shortages and increased business costs in some cases," Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Kerry Shine says Shine says.

There is concern this may lead to higher grocery prices as the trucking industry tries to make up for added cost of delivering goods. However, Shine says operators should not raise prices unless necessary.
"This may lead to complaints of profiteering, so traders who do need to charge more for their goods and services are advised to explain the reasons behind those increases," he says.

"Most businesses do not rip off their customers because they know community good will is far more valuable over the longer term than any short-term profit."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Lucas and Minister for Mines and Energy Geoff Wilson are inspecting the damage to infrastructure around Mackay.
"With such devastating floods there has obviously been some serious damage to roads but thankfully the majority are still open," Lucas says.

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