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Tuesday, 7 June 1994
Page: 1440

(Question No. 1335)


Senator Boswell asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications and the Arts, upon notice, on 27 April 1994:

  (1) Is the present Wynnum Post Office to be closed; if so, when and why is it being closed.

  (2) Where is the Wynnum Post Office being relocated.

  (3) Considering the historic value of the present Wynnum Post Office, and the fact that the transportable buildings at the rear of the post office could be removed and the area used for parking, could the present post office with improved parking facilities continue as the Wynnum Post Office.


Senator McMullan —The Minister for Communications and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question, based on advice from Australia Post:

  (1) Wynnum Post Office services are being relocated as part of a program to separate the retail and delivery operations and the existing post office building is to be vacated.

  (2) Retail operations and private letter boxes will be relocated to 74-76 Edith Street, Wynnum (within the Wynnum Shopping Centre). A Retail Post Shop facility with an expanded range of products is scheduled to open around mid-June 1994.

  Postal delivery staff will be relocated to the new Tingalpa Delivery Centre, probably during October 1994.

  (3) Australia Post considers that the existing Wynnum Post Office building does not lend itself to modern postal practices and the customer access is severely restricted, particularly for the disabled and elderly.