The Queensland Government has removed overnight delivery curfews in response to the state’s snap lockdowns.
The reapplication of the Temporary Planning Measures is to ensure essential goods are stocked around the clock.
Steven Miles, Deputy Premier and Planning Minister, says there is no need for panic buying.
“These measures will ensure drivers and retailers can work around the clock to deliver essentials to Queenslanders,” Steven says.
“We are not running out of products, but need to get products to supermarket shelves as quickly as possible.”
Steven says removing delivery curfews is temporary to respond to consumer demand.
“This provides temporary relief from approval conditions for declared businesses, such as supermarkets and chemists, to restock 24 hours per day, seven days a week,” he says.
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed the government initiative.
Rachel Smith, ALC Interim CEO, says removing bans on heavy vehicles using certain routes will help to keep supermarket shelves full.
“I encourage the Government to undertake long term regulatory reform to enable the supply chain to have flexibility to meet the changing demands of the Queensland community to ensure demand is met in times of a crisis,” Rachel says.
“ALC now hopes the Queensland Government now puts in place a mechanism to determine which regulations that have been relaxed during the COVID crisis can be permanently removed so as to enhance productivity, as is happening in NSW.”