I was recently on the Woolworths site and was interested enough to ask about delivery to the island of groceries. I have seen subcontracted trucks at Woolworths at Victoria Point and asked one of the drivers if he delivers to the island. He told me that he delivered to most of the islands, and it was growing in popularity as it was more convenient and worked out to be a cheaper alternative to what was available on their islands, and barge and ferry transport costs. Right now I’ve been told that there are deliveries to Stradbroke Island, Macleay Island, Russell Island and Karragarra Island. I have also been told that they would be considering starting a delivery service to Coochiemudlo Island if enough interest was generated in the service as it has been on the other islands.
I for one would be interested in this concept, as even though it may be a little more expensive for delivery, and you pay for it online before it is delivered, it would work out around the same costs when transport fees, time and effort are taken into account. Sometimes when I do a bigger shop, I take the car over to pick up the extras. While this is a nice day out, I can only afford to do this periodically, as it works out to be quite expensive on the barge if you are doing it on a regular basis. As far as the ferry is concerned, I am only able to get small amounts at a time as I have problems with pain in my joints and pulling the trolleys only exacerbates the problem.
I know that some of you will have differing opinions on a home delivery service and shopping for your groceries online. But I would hope that there would be some on the island willing to give it a go. Are there any thoughts on this subject?