Coochiemudlo Island residents petition Woolworths for home delivery service

CALL FOR DELIVERY: Coochiemudlo Island residents Bill Narnst, Rob Martin, Heather Eckersley and Jon Woodworth with the trolleys they use to transport groceries home from the mainland. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
CALL FOR DELIVERY: Coochiemudlo Island residents Bill Narnst, Rob Martin, Heather Eckersley and Jon Woodworth with the trolleys they use to transport groceries home from the mainland. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

COOCHIEMUDLO Island residents are appealing to Woolworths to deliver groceries to the island.

The island - which has a population of about 700 - has no public transport and many residents only have cars on the mainland.

A petition calling for the service, started by Jon Woodworth, who moved to Coochie about four months ago, has been signed by more than 100 people in just four days.

A Woolworths spokesperson told the Redland City Bulletin the company was aware of the growing demand and exploring the feasibility of running a delivery service to the island.

The petition comes as trolleys bigger than 40 centimetres by 40 centimetres will no longer be permitted on the passenger ferry from next month.

Mr Woodworth said it was difficult to take groceries to the island in a smaller trolley and taking a vehicle on the barge was expensive for a weekly shop.

"Lots of retired people and families would benefit," Mr Woodworth said.

"I often see people struggling with their trolleys. Some people have cars on the island but not everyone can afford to have one on both the island and mainland."

Mr Woodworth said the large folding garden wagons which he called limo wagons were popular shopping carts for residents. These would no longer be allowed on the ferry, according to the new rule.

Mr Woodworth said he had lived on a farm where Woolworths delivered for $15, which was preferable to driving into town, especially for a big family.

"It was a great service," he said.

Mr Woodworth said Woolworths already delivered to Russell and Macleay islands.

The Coochiemudlo Island barge trip was far shorter at less than 15 minutes.

"Property prices could even increase as one of the hurdles to living on the island is getting supplies," Mr Woodworth said.

The Amity Trader condition to limit trolleys to those smaller than 40 centimetres by 40 centimetres applied only to the passenger ferry, not to the barge.

The Woolworths spokesperson said local customers should register for an online account at woolworths.com.au so the company could provide updates.