Brownes Dairy brings back Perth’s milkman service as coronavirus keeps us all at home

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WA’s oldest dairy is reviving history by restarting it’s ‘milko’ service to help support the community as it comes to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Camera IconWA’s oldest dairy is reviving history by restarting it’s ‘milko’ service to help support the community as it comes to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic.

WA’s oldest dairy is reviving an iconic piece of history and restarting its “milko” service.

Announcing the plan last night via social media, Brownes said households can place orders to buy a selection of Brownes Dairy products directly, which will be delivered to the door the following day.

“In this difficult time for all of us with the ongoing and devastating impact of COVID-19, it is now more important than ever that we support each other as a community wherever (and however) we can,” Brownes said.

“With panic-buying prevalent, and staying at home becoming a necessity, we know that a lot of families have been struggling to get even their basic groceries.

“That is why we have revived an iconic piece of WA history: the Brownes Dairy milko.”

Brownes said it was a trial and there was limited capacity, so it urged customers to bear with it as it learns and grows.

The website shows Brownes will deliver as far north as Mindarie, as far south as Fremantle and east to Ellenbrook.

To ensure safe social distancing, customers would be notified of their estimated arrival time. They are asked to leave a laundry basket (or similar) outside their door for the milko to plane their order in.

The customer would then be notified when it can be collected.

The move is to protect both customers and the milko. Minimum orders are $10.

“We are doing our best to help in this time of need,” Brownes said.

“We've been looking after the WA community for over 130 years, and we aren’t about to stop now.”

For more details, visit the website.

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