Categories
Local News - Victoria

Meat prices may rise but supply will stay steady if shoppers don’t panic buy


The government will consider measures to keep abattoirs working, including longer hours so staff can maintain physical distancing.

Meat works and abattoirs have presented major challenges in containing the virus. On Tuesday there were 155 cases linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown, 133 cases linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham and 78 linked to the Australian Lamb Company in Colac.

Abattoirs will have to meet tough new conditions, including staff having to wear similar protective equipment to healthcare workers.

Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said the new conditions imposed on abattoirs might result in price rises.

“There’s a chance that will flow through to price because their running costs may be affected,” he said.

But he believed there would be a continuous supply of fresh produce and said there was no need for panic buying.

Mr Jochinke urged Victorians to consider buying cuts of meat they might not usually use if their preferred products were unavailable.

He said the industry would continue operating throughout the pandemic and would adapt to the health regulations.

Melbourne butcher Peter Bouchier, who has outlets in Malvern, Toorak and the David Jones food hall in the CBD, said the weekend was ”mayhem” after rumours that abattoirs would close altogether.

Mr Bouchier said some people were spending $500 to $600 amid fears there would be a food shortage. “Online went ballistic; we’ve had to shut it down each day because we can’t cope,” he said.

Mr Bouchier said the panic buying had put a lot of pressure on staff.

“It was terrible,” Mr Bouchier said. “When people panic buy it empties the shelves. Once people see it empty out they get a star gaze in their eyes and just buy. It’s just a shame … if everyone would just take a chill pill.”

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said the government was working to make sure disruption to food availability was minimal.

She said some abattoirs had already asked whether it was possible to run for longer hours to ensure operations continued with physical distancing.

“It is one option that the industry may want to consider,” she said.

Alex Micari, chief financial officer of Tasman Butchers, said sales levels at the company’s nine outlets in metropolitan Melbourne at the weekend had been akin to the Christmas rush, or when the pandemic first took hold in March, and remained high on Monday and Tuesday.

Loading

“There was uncertainty last week about what would be open,” he said. ”Therefore you had an incredible amount of heightened demand – panic, I suppose – and you couple that with the fact there’s been some issues with meat processing facilities being closed, and comments about whether there would be a supply issues.”

However, Mr Micari said there were still plenty of meat processors operating, and Tasman was able to process carcasses for its shops.

“If everyone accepts there’s plenty of product and just buys what they need, there will be plenty of supply,” he said.

Get our Morning & Evening Edition newsletters

The most important news, analysis and insights delivered to your inbox at the start and end of each day. Sign up here.

Most Viewed in National

Loading



Source link

Categories
Australian News

Melbourne shoppers cram stores as lockdown looms


Shoppers have been filmed lining up at a Melbourne market as the city – and the whole state of Victoria – awaits news on tough new restrictions.

It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews prepares to detail a stage 4 lockdown for the capital and new measures through regional communities, with more than 650 new cases of COVID-19 to be announced.

It’s understood that today will mark a new record number of deaths.

Racing.com editor in chief Paul Tatnell shared incredible vision on Twitter on Sunday of the South Melbourne Market.

“Lockdown panic is well and truly alive,” he said. “Shortage of meat and staples already. One shop likened it to the Christmas rush.”

RELATED: Follow our latest coronavirus updates

Supermarkets across the city have seen long queues of people today as news of the imminent lockdown spread.

While details are not yet confirmed, it’s believed that most retail stores and businesses will be forced to close within coming days under the new measures.

Supermarkets, considered essential services, will remain open but under strict social distancing and health rules.

The panic to stuck up on food has seen some ignore social distancing measures.

“Bloody hell. Has everyone suddenly forgotten we’re in this mess because people are congregating like this!!!!!!!! No social distancing whatsoever,” one Twitter user said after seeing Tatnell’s footage.

Images have emerged from all over Melbourne of the panic buying hitting the shelves.

There are also fears of meat shortages due to the panic-buying, spurred on by reports on the ABC that abattoirs could be shut down. Industry experts have assured consumers that this will not impact on supermarket meat supply.

Meat processing facilities have been hit by coronavirus outbreaks.

The latest figures show 99 confirmed cases are linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham, 89 cases to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown, 76 cases have to JBS in Brooklyn, 50 to Australian Lamb Company in Colac and 10 cases to Don KR Castlemaine.

Indeed, Aussies seem in a rush to get their red meat before the harsher lockdown takes effect.

Yesterday, KFC has reported running out of chicken in multiple stores.

Others have used humour as a coping mechanism, to make fun of the panic-buying.

The press conference is happening soon. Victorians wait with bated breath.





Source link

Categories
Business

Neighbourhood malls flourish as shoppers stay local


“These positive numbers were also reflected across the Colliers retail management portfolio here in Australia. In May, retail sales had a massive 16.9 per cent rebound and together with the preliminary June numbers meant that the level of sales were now 7 per cent above pre-virus data,” Mr Bate said.

“The big category winners continued to be supermarkets and takeaway food services, which included cafes and restaurants. This was supported with lockdown laws being relaxed further at the end of May and throughout June as more and more people emerged from the virus hibernation.”

Australian Unity has seen this rise in demand and is committing $85 million in further development works across its neighbourhood shopping centre portfolio in the coming months. One is at its Blackburn Centre in Melbourne’s east.

Through its Diversified Property Fund, Australian Unity owns supermarket-anchored neighbourhood shopping centres in Victoria and Western Australia with 72 per cent of its retail portfolios income coming from essential services and supermarkets.

Fund manager Nikki Panagopoulos said she has witnessed only nominal income disruption to the Fund’s distributable income, across the portfolio, which stems from requests for rent relief from businesses adversely affected by government measures in response to COVID-19.

“Footfall in neighbourhood and sub-regional assets has not deteriorated as much as destination assets,” Ms Panagopoulos said.

The fund’s portfolio was re-valued during April and May. This resulted in a 2 per cent increase on prior independent valuations for 80 per cent of the overall portfolio.

Loading

Jacob Swan, JLL’s joint head of retail investments (Australia), said investors and landlords have seen a steady rise in interest in food-anchored assets since the pandemic took hold.

“Anecdotally, some neighbourhood and sub-regional shopping centre portfolios collected up to 85 per ent of rent over April and May, which was a very positive outcome. Some of the outstanding rent will be collected by deferral and remaining portion will be waived under the code,” Mr Swan said.

“Importantly, the foot-traffic rebound in these centres has been fast and effective, as workers remain at home in the suburbs frequenting their local neighbourhood or sub-regional centre as opposed to the major CBD and regional centres.”

JLL’s joint head of retail investments (Australia) Sam Hatcher added that many food and beverage retailers managed to adapt quickly to the new operating environment with many “pivoting their business models to cater for greater online deliveries and takeaway”.

Most Viewed in Business

Loading



Source link

Categories
News

NSW Premier says people must make ‘compromises’ amid job cuts; Aussie shoppers quickest panic buyers in the world; ‘Travel bubble’ could open between select states


Black and Asian people in England are up to 50 per cent more likely to die after being infected with COVID-19, an official study says, reinforcing previous reports which indicated ethnic minority groups were more at risk from the virus.

The report by Public Health England (PHE) to examine disparities in how the disease affected people, showed there was a significant disproportionate effect on ethnic minorities, while confirming death tolls among the elderly were far higher.

The report comes as a United Nations human rights official highlighted the “devastating impact” of the disease on those communities in Britain and other countries.

“Death rates from COVID-19 were higher for Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to White ethnic groups,” the PHE report said.

The report said that people of Bangladeshi ethnicity had approximately twice the risk of death than people who were white British.

Those who are of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani or other Asian ethnicity, as well as those who are Caribbean or other Black ethnicity, had between a 10 to 50 per cent higher risk of death than those in the white British group, PHE said.

The findings echo a previous study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released last month, as well as other reports from Finland to the United States.

While disparities in how COVID-19 affects people by age, gender and wealth reflect previous trends, PHE said the disproportionate mortality among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups was the opposite to what had been seen in recent years.

PHE said that the largest disparity in death rates was in age, with people who were over 80 seventy times more likely to die than those under 40. Men were also more likely to die than women, with death rates also higher in deprived areas.



Source link

Categories
News

Kmart shoppers transformed the once ‘daggy’ store into a powerhouse dominating the retail market


A large and passionate community of Australian mums and amateur interior decorators have together transformed Kmart’s reputation from ‘daggy’ bargain bin to modish and ‘on-trend’. 

Through the use of perfectly styled Instagram photos, viral ‘hacks’, cooking tricks and fan pages of more than 300,000 people, the ‘Kmart mums’ have made the ‘luxe for less’ model more desirable than ever – and left Target’s more ‘upmarket’ brand revamp less appealing in the eyes of many shoppers.

This was clear on Friday morning, when Target announced the closure of 75 of its stores and the conversion of 92 others into Kmarts after a $67 million sales slump. 

Wesfarmers, who owns both retailers, unveiled its plans to restructure Target’s ‘unsustainable’ cost base and allow focus on the more-profitable Kmart, which over the past five years has become the most successful low-end department store in Australia.    

Interior stylist Amanda Bray, 33, (pictured) from Ballarat, Victoria, said she believes the power of social media has played a 'big part in Kmart's success' and regularly posts snaps of her Kmart styling on her successful Instagram account

Interior stylist Amanda Bray, 33, (pictured) from Ballarat, Victoria, said she believes the power of social media has played a ‘big part in Kmart’s success’ and regularly posts snaps of her Kmart styling on her successful Instagram account 

Much of Kmart's success can be attributed to a large and dedicated community of online mums and amateur interior decorators who together have transformed the brand's reputation from 'daggy' bargain bin to 'modish' and on-trend

Much of Kmart’s success can be attributed to a large and dedicated community of online mums and amateur interior decorators who together have transformed the brand’s reputation from ‘daggy’ bargain bin to ‘modish’ and on-trend 

The kitchen: Amanda renovated her entire home using budget décor from Kmart, including the chopping board, mirror tray, glass canister and faux plant and pot

The popular groups making Kmart ‘cool’ 

FACEBOOK 

Kmart Mums Australia: 373,000 members

Kmart Hacks & Décor: 366,000 members

Kmart Inspired Homes: 233,000 members

Kmart Air Fryer Recipes Australia: 252,000 members 

INSTAGRAM 

Kmart Bargains: 383,000 followers

I Heart Kmart: 123,000 followers 

The Kmart Lover: 119,000 followers 

Kmart Hack Queen: 89,900 followers

Kmart Queen: 85,000 followers 

Kmart by you: 74,000 followers

With more than 373,000 members, the Facebook group Kmart Mums Australia was launched in November 2015, founded by mother Larnie Lawrence and was one of the very first with a specific focus on sharing budget buys from the retailer. 

Ms Lawrence started talking about Kmart with her friends, and when she realised that others were as into the shop as she was, she started the group. 

‘The group was set up for women who wanted to share the new-in Kmart products they’d seen in different stores, as well as their styling tips and tricks,’ Ms Lawrence told FEMAIL in early 2017.

‘It’s grown a lot… so much so that if someone posts a new-in item on the group, you’ve got to be super quick in getting down to the store.’

Since its success, more than 5,000 dedicated Kmart groups and pages have launched on Facebook and Instagram where shoppers share renovation and interior advice, fashion picks, recipe and kitchen tips and cleaning tricks.

They include Kmart Inspired Homes (233,000 members), Kmart Air Fryer Recipes Australia (252,000 members) and Kmart Hacks & Décor (366,000 members).

The retail giant has become the most successful low-end department store across Australia, with social media groups credited for its rise to dominance over Target

The retail giant has become the most successful low-end department store across Australia, with social media groups credited for its rise to dominance over Target

Amanda is known for sharing snaps of her incredible home, featuring luxury items for less

Amanda, a mother-of-three, styles her home using budget items from Kmart, including the rug, and a woven basket to store cushions

Amanda, a mother-of-three, styles her home using budget items from Kmart, including the rug, and a woven basket to store cushions

The founder of Kmart Hack Queen restyled her laundry room using Kmart's glass canisters, jars with lids and décor items such as the plant stand

The founder of Kmart Hack Queen restyled her laundry room using Kmart’s glass canisters, jars with lids and décor items such as the plant stand

Interior stylist Amanda Bray, 33, from Ballarat, Victoria, said she believes the power of social media has played a ‘big part in Kmart’s success’ and has seen a huge following thanks to her Kmart styling advice on Instagram. 

Target is too pricey and some basic items like a cushion is $30 compared to Kmart’s $12 version. I don’t shop at Target because of their style and most of all I have a budget

– Samantha, Kmart Hack Queen  

‘The biggest thing people say to me is that they see an item but have no idea how to style it,’ Ms Bray, a mother-of-three, told FEMAIL.

‘Then they log onto Facebook and Instagram and see the products styled it makes the items more appealing.’ 

Mother-of-four Tina Devlin, from Perth, agrees, with her own styling page seeing a similar spike after she started sharing budget styling and decor advice. 

‘I think it’s definitely helped Kmart become so popular,’ Tina, 33, told FEMAIL.

‘There’s so many great ideas on how to style things and great hack ideas. It definitely makes people want what they see when it’s styled so beautifully.’ 

Mother-of-four Tina Devlin (pictured) said there's now so many Instagram pages showing how everyone styles their items in their own home

Mother-of-four Tina Devlin (pictured) said there’s now so many Instagram pages showing how everyone styles their items in their own home

In recent years, the retailer has gone from a 'daggy' discount store to such a 'cool' place to shop for all the on-trend everyday items

In recent years, the retailer has gone from a ‘daggy’ discount store to such a ‘cool’ place to shop for all the on-trend everyday items

Mother of two Samantha (pictured), who runs Kmart Hack Queen, said she uses her platform to show how she styles the budget items to make them appear lush in her home

Mother of two Samantha (pictured), who runs Kmart Hack Queen, said she uses her platform to show how she styles the budget items to make them appear lush in her home

The Kmart Hack Queen said her followers are obsessed with her super organised pantry

The Kmart Hack Queen said her followers are obsessed with her super organised pantry

Mother of two Samantha, who runs Kmart Hack Queen on Instagram with nearly 90,000 followers, said she uses her platform to show how she styles the budget items to make them appear lush in her home.

‘I get messages every day of people loving my ideas. They said they now love Kmart because I inspire them by using their items. They didn’t know Kmart was so stylish,’ she told FEMAIL.

From personal experience as a mum of three, I do not want to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on homewares and furniture that has the possibility of being broken, so Kmart gives us an affordable range of homewares that look great 

– Amanda, Amanda Bray Interiors

Amanda explained how Kmart has really ‘upped their game in the past few years’ – and interest started to really peak in Australia when the retailer revamped its brand. 

‘The quality of their clothing and homewares for such an affordable price is amazing,’ she said. 

‘I believe it really peaked when they revamped their homewares sector a few years ago. There are so many people especially ones with children who are after affordable homewares to decorate their home. 

‘I know from personal experience as a mum of three that I do not want to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on homewares and furniture that has the possibility of being broken, so Kmart gives us an affordable range of homewares that look great.’

Steph Pase, who blogs under Just Another Mummy Blog, has earned a legion of fans for sharing stunning pictures of her home using budget items from retailers such as Kmart

Steph Pase, who blogs under Just Another Mummy Blog, has earned a legion of fans for sharing stunning pictures of her home using budget items from retailers such as Kmart

Thousands of mothers have been transforming every space of their home using budget items

Thousands of mothers have been transforming every space of their home using budget items

The founder of Kmart Hack Queen said the retailer has pulled out all stops to regularly bring out luxury-inspired items for less

The founder of Kmart Hack Queen said the retailer has pulled out all stops to regularly bring out luxury-inspired items for less

The dining room was brought to life by Amanda’s Kmart buys, including a faux plant and décor

Target announces closure of 167 outlets in massive restructure 

Target has made a shock announcement it will shut 75 of its stores, and convert 92 others into Kmart.

Following a financial review, the company revealed plans to drastically restructure as the brand suffered a $67 million sales slump. 

Announcing to investors on Friday, owner Wesfarmers said the restructure would reduce Target’s ‘unsustainable’ cost base and allow it focus on the more-profitable Kmart.

Target staff will be offered jobs at Kmart or other Wesfarmers companies, including Bunnings and Officeworks. 

Samantha said the retailer has pulled out all stops to regularly bring out luxury-inspired items for less.

‘I think Kmart is not classed as daggy anymore because they have really thought about how to improve their business,’ she said. 

‘They really looked into the styles of homeware and apparel from all around the world and brought these ideas into their stores to make their styles stand out from the rest.

‘Their styles in homewares became very modern in 2016. I remember all the contemporary colours coming out with greys and pinks. Not long after, the Scandinavian styles. They have done extremely well. It’s my favourite place to shop.’

Tina said most people don’t want to spend big money decorating their homes and Target was deemed more upmarket by many shoppers.

‘Kmart being so affordable gives people the option to keep up with new trends,’ she said.  

‘I think Kmart is more popular than Target because of how often they bring in new items and such great prices for people to style and decorate their homes on a budget.

‘It gives you the option to change your look more often than you would usually and definitely has more exposure in the Instagram world. I started getting into the Kmart trend in 2015, since then they keep improving their products as it’s become so popular.’ 

Australian fashion bloggers are always raving about Kmart's dresses that looks considerably more expensive than its affordable price tag (picture of affordable style influencer Paige Kennedy wearing a $28 Kmart versatile polkadot dress)

Australian fashion bloggers are always raving about Kmart’s dresses that looks considerably more expensive than its affordable price tag (picture of affordable style influencer Paige Kennedy wearing a $28 Kmart versatile polkadot dress)

Affordable stylist Tina Abeysekara (pictured wearing an $18 Kmart skirt) have earned a legion of followers on Instagram for proving style doesn't always have to cost serious cash

Affordable stylist Tina Abeysekara (pictured wearing an $18 Kmart skirt) have earned a legion of followers on Instagram for proving style doesn’t always have to cost serious cash

Last year the Trash to Treasured founder also promoted a glamorous burnt orange polka dot Kmart dress priced at $25 (pictured above)

Last year the Trash to Treasured founder also promoted a glamorous burnt orange polka dot Kmart dress priced at $25 (pictured above)  

Samatha said she prefers Kmart over Target because there’s always a ‘great variety of products’ on a budget released regularly.

‘I love their homeware items because each drop they do you can still refresh your space, adding onto previous Kmart products you already own,’ she said.

‘There’s many style incorporated like bohemian, modern, industrial and urban. I think Target has it a little wrong, they seem to do items that are same old, same old like mainly rustic, wicker, and more on the safe side. 

‘Target is too pricey and some basic items like a cushion is $30 compared to Kmart’s $12 version. I don’t shop at Target because of their style and most of all, I have a budget.’

Amanda agreed with the low prices, saying: ‘It’s the main reason I feel people are more drawn to Kmart rather than Target.’

In the fashion aisle, affordable stylists such as Trash to Treasured founder Tina Abeysekara and Paige Kennedy have earned a legion of followers on Instagram for proving style doesn’t always have to cost serious cash.

The pair are known for sharing latest budget-friendly items from Kmart, including a $27 linen blazer, $28 versatile dress, and $18 leopard print skirt. 





Source link

Categories
Business

Retailers bullish on Boxing Day sales as shoppers flood into stores


“Normally shops do much better deals, this time I was a bit disappointed, but all in all, it was not too bad.”

End of year sales can be make-or-break for some retailers, with $2.6 billion in spending expected as Boxing Day sales draw in a flurry of shoppers and companies tie a bow on their half-year accounts.

Against a backdrop of sluggish retail spending and small relief from the government’s $25 billion tax cut package, businesses were braced for softer sales. But Harvey Norman chief executive Katie Page said early signs were pointing to healthy trade.

“[My store managers] have been texting me since early this morning and it looks to me like it’s a pretty strong day,” she said.

Gerry Harvey, Harvey Norman’s founder and executive director, said he’d seen small appliances be a popular choice for shoppers leading into Christmas, with the category up 15 per cent for some stores on last year.

“Whatever it is, a mixer, a juicer, a coffee machine, sales are a bit stronger than I thought it would be.”

It looks to me like it’s a pretty strong day.

Harvey Norman chief executive Katie Page

But one unusual item had been completely cleaned off shelves, Mr Harvey said, with the bushfire smoke affecting the country’s eastern seaboard spurring the sale of air purifiers.

“I don’t know if there’s any left in Australia. If there’s ever been a big year for air purifiers, I don’t remember it,” he said.

Myer’s executive general manager of stores Tony Sutton told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald shoppers had been lining up at the company’s Bourke St store since midnight, despite doors not opening until 5AM.

“It’s getting very very busy now, the carparks are already filling up,” Mr Sutton said on Thursday morning.

Harvey Norman chairman Gerry Harvey and chief executive Katie Page have been selling plenty of air purifiers.

Harvey Norman chairman Gerry Harvey and chief executive Katie Page have been selling plenty of air purifiers.Credit:Janie Barrett

“We’re seeing cosmetics being particularly busy, which is a bit different from previous years. Menswear and homewares are also getting busy.”

However, some Myer shoppers were forced to leave the store to withdraw cash late in the afternoon after its electronic payment systems went down for a short time at some stores, including in Sydney and Melbourne. The company apologised for the inconvenience and said it would extend its sales as a result.

Retailers had feared the roaring success of November’s Black Friday weekend may diminish their Boxing Day sales, but Mr Sutton said he had seen no indication of a lull yet, with Myer still predicting it to be the company’s largest shopping day of the year.

It expects two million shoppers through its doors across the country. Similarly, major Victorian shopping centres Highpoint and Chadstone are each predicting 180,000 Australians to flock to their stores.

Michael Whitehead, centre manager at Chadstone said the day had continued to be a major event for customers, with traffic near the major shopping centre grinding to a standstill.

“We’ve seen, so far today, an increase of four per cent in [foot] traffic, compared with last year. We’re expecting more than 400,000 people to visit Chadstone over the next few days,” he said.

But not all traders were as confident. Australian Retails Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said there had been mixed reports from Sydney retailers he’d spoken to as they unlocked their shops this morning.

Loading

“Some think today is going to be their biggest-ever Boxing Day sales, another said it was average,” he said. “It’s a mixed bag out there.”

Clothing, footwear and gifts were shaping up to be the strongest categories, he said but noted many shopkeepers were discounting heavily in order to entice shoppers.

Reflecting on the last six months, Mr Harvey believes most Australian retailers would have seen largely flat sales, with some risks of a decrease on last year.

“I think if you look at all the retailers, a lot of people are going fine, but it’s not one of those years where you’re four or five per cent up on the year before,” he said.

“You very rarely don’t beat last year, but in this case, it’s not been easy to beat last year. But we won’t know until early January.”

Most Viewed in Business

Loading



Source link

Categories
Australian News

Christmas shoppers hurt in crowd crush


A midnight stampede inside a Westfield in Sydney caused multiple injuries and saw three people hospitalised when a balloon drop stunt went horribly wrong.

But newly obtained vision of the freak incident shows one particularly recognisable victim being thrown to the ground in the crowd crush – Santa Claus.

Harrowing video captured by terrified onlookers shows the moment the 150-strong crowd of people at Westfield Parramatta surged forward to grab balloons falling from above, filled with gift cards and discount vouchers.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene in western Sydney just after midnight after reports a number of people had been hurt in a crowd rush, a NSW Police spokesperson confirmed to news.com.au.

One of them was the Westfield Santa, as video from a new angle illustrates, who was behind a wooden sign looking on when the suspended balloons fell from netting.

In the video, Santa is seen being thrown several metres backward onto the ground as the structure collapses on top of him.

The excited crowd had gathered for the balloon-drop event, which launched a 33-hour non-stop shopping spree leading up to Christmas.

According to the Westfield Parramatta website, the balloons were filled with gift cards, retailer discounts and prizes “to help you shop till you drop all night long.”

But as a mass of balloons was dropped from a net, the bargain-grab turned dangerous when the crowd rushed forward to grab them, creating a crushing stampede.

Panicked shoppers desperate to escape ran in a frenzy, toppling onto one another and knocking down barricades.

People watching from the levels above could only watch in horror as the chaos unfolded.

Twelve people were treated at the scene; five of them had to be taken to hospital for further treatment, including four men and one woman, a NSW Ambulance spokesperson confirmed.

Three victims taken to Westmead Hospital were suffering serious issues including traumatic chest injuries, neck and back pain as well as nausea and dizziness.

The rest of the victims suffered minor aches and pains to their neck, back and ankles.

“It is incredibly lucky that no one was more seriously injured,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Phil Templeman said in a statement.

“As we go into the busy holiday period and many of our shopping centres become crowded with people, we urge the community to be patient and ensure the safety of themselves and those around them.”

Paramedics could be seen wheeling the injured out of the shopping centre shortly after midnight.

Westfield told news.com.au that the safety of its customers was its priority.

“Our team acted swiftly to support our customers, contact emergency services and make the area safe,” a spokesperson for parent company Scentre Group said.

“Our team are continuing to speak with affected customers directly. We will continue to look into the circumstances surrounding last night’s incident.”

There will be no ongoing police investigation.



Source link