Massive clean-up underway after fire destroys three Mungindi main street businesses

A massive clean-up is underway at Mungindi after the border-town tragically lost three vital businesses on Tuesday night when fire ripped through the town’s main street.

The SPAR Supermarket, Red’s Quality Meats and PJ’s Country Wares were lost to the blaze in a town already suffering the effects of severe drought as well as the controversial hard-border lock-out instigated by the Queensland State Government.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall immediately contacted Deputy Premier John Barilaro and secured $100,000 in funding from the State Government to establish a temporary supermarket to provide essential items to residents, who live 120 kilometres away from nearest grocery store in New South Wales.

“The emergency funds will be coordinated by the Moree Plains Shire Council,” Mr Marshall said.

Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries said “there isn’t much left” after inspecting Mungindi’s devastated main street.

“This is so sad, what else can our beautiful communities have to deal with,” Cr Humphries said.

“Our thoughts and love are with the Mungindi community after these horrifying events. We will get through this; the mighty Mungindi community will show us their strength and spirit, once again.

Three vital businesses were lost on Tuesday night when a fire swept through Mungindi’s main street (Image courtesy of Daryl Brady).

“I am in awe of the community resilience and bravery displayed by so many members of the Mungindi community in the face of such danger and devastation. I have no doubt that the efforts of these individuals prevented more widespread destruction and I am so thankful that everyone stayed safe,” she said.

“To the owners of the businesses directly affected by this event we have your back and that you have our unwavering support. After some very tough years, Tuesday night’s events are truly brutal.

“To the Mungindi community; with some of the affected businesses being the main suppliers of food and goods, we are already working with our own staff and with other levels of government to ensure continued supply of these items to you over the coming days and months.”

Mayor Humphries said the residents of Mungindi have again proved themselves with immense dedication and community spirit.

“Mungindi is a small town but has a huge heart,” she said.

“We know that the road ahead after last night’s events will be tough, and we are committed to being part of the recovery every step of the way.”

The Spar Supermarket was one of three businesses lost to fire at Mungindi on Tuesday night (Image courtesy of Daryl Brady).

Adam Marshall said he is deeply saddened for the Mungindi Community.

“The destruction of these important businesses in the main street is just another kick in the guts for the affected business owners and community at large, who are recovering from years of drought and have been significantly impacted by the Queensland border closure,” Mr Marshall said.

“Reports of residents bringing in water tankers to fight the blaze alongside emergency services is indeed astounding, and exemplifies the community spirit I have come to know and respect of the Mungindi community.  

“The coming days and months will be tough, but I give the commitment I will work with the people of Mungindi, and the Moree Plain Shire Council, to ensure everyone is supported in the recovery. 

“If there is a community that can rally together and rebuild, I have no doubt it is Mungindi,” he said.

Media Release: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Images: Daryl Brady