Top End stations going hungry because of panic buying in cities

PM should bring in armed forces to ensure food gets to Top End cattle stations

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FOOD FIGHT: The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association says the Army could be needed to ensure Top End cattle stations can get grocery deliveries.

FOOD FIGHT: The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association says the Army could be needed to ensure Top End cattle stations can get grocery deliveries.

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The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association says panic buying is helping cause a food delivery headache for Top End cattle stations.

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People on cattle stations in the Top End can't get deliveries of groceries, thanks in part to panic buying in the major cities, according to the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association.

And the NTCA says the Prime Minister must intervene and order the major supermarket chains to solve the supply chain issues even if that means involving the Australian Defence Force.

NTCA chief executive officer Ashley Manicaros said the service of Coles and Woolworths in meeting bush orders through click and collect had failed 12 days ago and pressure by national bodies including the National Farmers Federation had failed to resolve the problem.

"The Prime Minister has got to intervene here and bang some heads together at the major supermarkets," Mr Manicaros said.

"The people in the bush don't have the option of whipping down to the corner store to secure a few odds and ends, they rely on these larger companies to make stock available to them.

"Someone in a capital city has shut off this service without a clue as to the impacts and here we are seeing the consequences of it despite claims the matter is being addressed.

"The NTCA has supplied a list of all cattle stations in the NT and the regions from which they are normally serviced including those from border locations who may be receiving stores from nearby regional townships like Mt Isa.

"If the supermarkets are not capable of delivering for the bush then the Prime Minister should engage the ADF to do the job.

"This is primarily driven by a failure of logistics mixed with the ridiculous panic buying happening in the major cities.

"This has got to be addressed. We are not talking about this affecting one or two people but we are talking properties with up to 50 people on them."

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