Toll works with Defence on resupplies


Leading logistics firm waits on roads to reopen for non-emergency deliveries


By Ruza Zivkusic | January 14, 2010

Toll is helping the Queensland’s emergency management centre assist with logistics support and identifying supply options.

It is working with the federal and state governments to ensure the delivery of emergency food and staple supplies is coordinated around the state, Toll spokesman Andrew Ethell says.

"While we move a lot of freight for the supermarkets, much of our freight is outside this emergency category," Ethell says.

"In fact, most of the goods in our trucks and distribution centres will wait the re-opening of roads and rail lines.

"Stranded trucks are returning to distribution hubs as flood waters recede and roads open again."

Toll is also delivering emergency supermarket supplies for Defence, which is moving air-based emergency re-supplies, Ethell adds.

"We are also helping to arrange, load and unload ships to take goods to communities up the Queensland coast.

"Some roads are opening and freight is starting to get through. We hope that conditions continue to improve in the days ahead," he says.

"But what ever happens next, we will leverage our very significant road, rail, sea and air networks to get product to where it’s needed."

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