The border community of Mungindi, devastated by the loss of its only supermarket, has asked for people to hold off making donations as it works to rebuild.
- A pop-up supermarket could be operating in Mungindi as soon as this week
- People are being asked to hold off on making donations until rebuilding is underway
- The community is waiting on insurance assessments before the clean-up can commence
A fire last week in the town on the Queensland-New South Wales border destroyed the supermarket, butcher and a homewares store.
Peter Prosser from the Mungindi Progress Association said the town had been inundated with offers of help and donations.
“It’s a little bit overbearing at times,” he said.
Mr Prosser said people who wanted to help the community were asked to wait until work had started to rebuild.
“That’s where the big push is going to come; when we start to replace the buildings.”
The association said it was working with a supermarket chain to set up a pop-up store in the town’s old RSL club.
Mr Prosser said the temporary supermarket could be operating as early as this week.
“[The supermarket chain] is currently sourcing all the fridges, shelving — all that sort of stuff — and once that hits the ground we will have another working bee,” he said.
Mr Prosser said the Queensland Government’s decision to include Moree in its border restrictions had also made a difference for residents to be able to access to supplies.
“I think there’s been some click and collect [grocery orders] organised out of Moree [supermarkets], and there’s a bus run that’s been organised to go to Moree as well,” he said.
Mr Prosser said the community was now waiting on insurance assessors to complete their work before the clean-up of the main street would start.
“I hear stories about insurance companies in situations like this [where assessments] could just drag on for months and months … we’re hoping that that won’t happen,” he said.
The fire is estimated to have caused $1 million worth of damage, including loss of stock.
Investigations into the cause of the blaze are ongoing but authorities say it is not suspicious.