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WALGETT IGA SUPERMARKET FIRE – 5th June 2019 Press Release Walgett Shire Council

Published on Wednesday, June 05, 2019

WALGETT IGA SUPERMARKET FIRE – 5th June 2019 Press Release Walgett Shire Council

Following the devasting fire which destroyed the Walgett IGA supermarket earlier today, plans are well in place to ensure that the supply of basic food and necessities in Walgett.
Following a Local Emergency Committee planning meeting this afternoon, a working party has established the possibility of temporary grocery store site which we hoped to be confirmed in the coming days. Other foods outlets Walgett Newsagency, Inland Petroleum, Woodhams Petroleum and Café 64, have all arranged for additional supply of milk and bread and other basic essentials.
The Walgett pharmacy is also making arrangements for the additional infant supplies (baby formula, food and nappies).
While free bottled water will be available from WAMS on Thursday and Friday between the hours of 9am – 12pm.
In support of the above arrangements Walgett Shire Council have plans in place for a free bus service to Coonamble on Saturday 8 June 20129 to allow community members that do not have their own means of transport the option of travelling to Coonamble to purchase essential households items from the Coonamble IGA.
Bookings essential by 4.30pm Friday 7 June 2019. Details as follows; Departure Point: Gray Park, Corner of Pitt and Euroka Street, Walgett Departure Time: 9.00am, returning to Walgett 1:30pm
Bookings: via Walgett Shire Council - 6828 6100
(Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service have kindly offered to assist vulnerable residents with transport to Gray Park if required. This can be arranged by contacting WAMS directly – 6820 3777)
At this this stage the emergency services response to the fire is ongoing and the fire is yet to be extinguished. The fire ground remains in the control of the Senior Fire Officer and the police are maintaining an incident command post and an inner and outer perimeter. Enquiries to date indicate that no person has been injured as a result of the fire with all persons accounted for.
At this stage Fox Street will remain closed to traffic in both directions until the fire-ground has been deemed safe and approval for the removal of the safety perimeter confirmed. It is anticipated that Fox Street will remain closed in this vicinity until at least Saturday afternoon. The Walgett LEMC take this opportunity to acknowledge the cooperation and understanding of the community for the inconvenience.
Whilst the IGA store has been destroyed the store owners have reaffirmed their commitment to rebuilding the store in Walgett.

The Walgett Council and LEMC partners take this opportunity to acknowledge the good work and commitment of the local emergency services and community members who have supported the response to the IGA fire and assisted in the planning for the continuity of services and food supplies in Walgett. The next LEMC sub-committee planning meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday 6 June 2019. A further community update will be provided after this meeting.
For further information please contact Council’s administration office on 6828 6100.
Michael Urquhart Chief Financial Officer

 

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