Newsagents show dedication
HE had no electricity and many of his regular customers were flooded in, but Bundamba News proprietor Kim Markey was determined Ipswich residents should get their daily newspaper.
Standing in the shuttered doorway of his Brisbane Road shop, Mr Markey set himself up with a wooden table, a tray of petty cash, a couple of stacks of papers and declared himself open for business – in part at least.
“We've no power but we are still selling the QT,” he said.
“The paper's here and people want to read the flood news.”
And it was not just the boss keeping the city well stocked with local news.
“Our delivery staff Shawn and Emily have put in an excellent effort getting the paper to our regular customers,” Mr Markey said. “Shawn even waded through water to get to some houses – he's the real legend.”
All across the city, newsagents have gone to great lengths to get the news to our readers.
Mike Boyland, whose Vogue Newsagency in the CBD was roof-deep in water on Wednesday, still made sure his home subscribers were looked after thanks to the help of his East Ipswich counterpart Marie Sheppard, who made the deliveries from her base at the five-ways.
Leichhardt newsagent Steve Wrigley, meanwhile, drove a long route via the Warrego Highway in the wee hours of yesterday morning to reach the QT office to collect papers for his regulars.
QT assistant distribution manager Nicole Spark said shops that were open were selling plenty of extra papers.
“We've sold an extra 2000 QTs in the centrally accessible areas in the past few days – we even had our general manager out topping up supplies,” she said.
“We are still unable to distribute to Goodna, Mt Crosby, Gatton, Redbank and Collingwood Park but copies of this week's edition are being kept aside for when we can get through.”