Remote Northern Territories food prices soar amid community health concerns

Residents of a remote community in the Northern Territory are paying up to $74 for a pot of coffee and the price of fresh milk has hit an all-time high of over $8 for 2 litres.

Almost everything on the shelves of Wadeye’s Murrinhpatha Nimmipa store – the only store within a 400 kilometer radius – is more expensive than a few months ago.

Director Jake Clarke said he had not increased margin on food products in more than a decade, but following a tight global supply chain, adverse weather conditions and rising fuel and energy prices, he had no choice.

“We’re getting to the point where we’re barely covering our costs,” he said.

“It’s not because I want to, it’s because I have to. »

Corned beef was selling for $15 and fruits and vegetables, Mr Clarke said, were being sold at a loss to ensure healthy food remained affordable.

A food price increase advisory has been in place in Ramingining since May.(Provided)

Produce prices had also soared in Ramingining, a mainland community of around 900 people nearly 600 kilometers east of Darwin.

A sign at the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation store said increases in fuel and freight costs had had a significant impact.

“We had to make the difficult decision to pass on some of these costs. »

In Ramingining, 1 kilogram of Nescafé instant coffee had skyrocketed to over $74, small containers of cream were selling for nearly $8, and powdered milk cost $10.25.

Costs passed on to customers

A company spokeswoman said the organization was paying $250,000 per quarter in additional freight costs to get goods to its six stores in Arnhem Land compared to the same period last year.

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