After the flood

Within days of Linfox acquiring Aurizon’s Queensland Intermodal Business in February this year, up to two metres of rain fell in North Queensland. The rain, which continued over twelve days, flooded the country all the way from Townsville on the coast to Mount Isa in the west.

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The first Linfox-managed train loaded with consumer goods, industrial products and produce had barely left Brisbane for Mackay when the rain came down.

The Intermodal team moved quickly, harnessing its new road and rail assets to bypass flood affected areas and replenish empty shelves in major supermarkets and convenience stores. An event control room was also set up at the Acacia Ridge Terminal to ensure essential goods were delivered.

As the extent of the damage in North Queensland was revealed, the Intermodal team reached out to agencies, charities and customers to offer in-kind logistics support. The Queensland Government’s disaster relief partner GIVIT, Foodbank, and Townsville City Council all welcomed the gesture.

New customer, Incitec Pivot Limited collected goods from employees, local residents and nearby schools to donate to the Vinnies North Queensland Flood Appeal.

Linfox threw its own support behind the campaign, supplying the shipping container for the donations and transporting it free of charge from Brisbane to Vinnies’ Townsville depot.

Ian Strachan, Linfox President Intermodal, said the team is proud of how it worked with Incitec Pivot, agencies and charities to deliver much-needed relief to the people of Townsville.

“It’s important to do our bit and help out when events like this affect our local communities,” said Ian.

Some of the goods transported to Townsville for Foodbank.

One of the intermodal containers supplied to businesses in Townsville.

With almost 3,300 homes in ruin, three lives lost and hundreds evacuated, Townsville is still dealing with the after effects of the flood. Supporting the community’s long-term economic recovery is a tangible way of assisting Townsville and the region to stay on its feet. To that end, Linfox has supplied nearly 30 intermodal containers to businesses in Townsville to store goods and property while damage to shops and storerooms are repaired.

“This is just the beginning of Linfox’s long-term investment in the region and overall rail infrastructure around the country,” said Ian.

The acquisition of the Queensland Intermodal Business was always about providing a compelling logistics option for businesses operating into and out of Northern Queensland. Linfox’s safe, secure and compliant logistics services will play a key role for current and future customers, and as this economically important part of the country gets back on its feet, Linfox will be there.