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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 171


Mr Jenkins asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, in writing, on 8 September 2005:

(1)   How many Australia Post letter boxes have been (a) removed, (b) relocated, and (c) installed in the postcode area (i) 3074, (ii) 3075, (iii) 3076, (iv) 3082, (v) 3083, (vi) 3087, (vii) 3088, (viii) 3089, (ix) 3090, (x) 3091 and (xi) 3752 since January 2002.

(2)   What criteria does Australia Post use to determine the (a) siting, (b) relocation, and (c) removal of letter boxes.

(3)   What plans does Australia Post have to (a) install, (b) relocate, and (c) remove letter boxes in the postcode area (i) 3074, (ii) 3075, (iii) 3076, (iv) 3082, (v) 3083, (vi) 3087, (vii) 3088, (viii) 3089, (ix) 3090, (x) 3091 and (xi) 3752.


Mr McGauran (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question based on information provided by Australia Post:

(1) (a)   - (c)

Postcode Area

SPBs removed

SPBs relocated

SPBs installed

3074

-

-

-

3075

-

-

-

3076

-

1

-

3082

-

1

-

3083

-

1

-

3087

-

1

-

3088

-

2

1

3089

-

-

1

3090

-

-

-

3091

-

-

-

3752

-

-

1

Total

-

6

3

(2) (a)   - (c) Australia Post’s street posting boxes (SPB) policy of 2004 sets out the criteria used to determine the siting, relocation, and removal of SPBs. In siting a SPB, the policy states that in capital city metropolitan areas and provincial cities, street posting boxes will be provided at or near all postal outlets (a possible exception being outlets inside shopping centres that are not accessible after hours). In addition, SPBs will be provided in these areas to ensure that residents have access to a lodgement point within 2 kilometres. In rural towns and communities a SPB facility will be provided at or near postal outlets. The policy also states that where a SPB is being considered for possible removal or relocation, a comprehensive consultation process will be undertaken to ensure community views or special needs are taken into account. Australia Post’s SPB policy is published in full on its website www.auspost.com.au

(3) (a)   - (b) Australia Post has no current plans to install, relocate or remove SPBs in the 11 postcode areas in question.