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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Sir LANGDON BONYTHON (Barker) .- Last year I represented to the Postmaster-General in this Chamber the desirableness of improving the post and telegraph offices at Mount Barker. I then explained that the offices were erected forty years ago, and, while, no doubt, quite adequate for the requirements of that period, have become out of date. I suggested immediate action, and I thought that the wishes of the residents were to be satisfied. So, indeed, did they, because an officer visited Mount Barker, inspected the premises, and promised certain alterations, including the provision of private letterboxes by February last. However, nothing has been done. The case is put very fairly in the following paragraph, which I have taken from a leading article in the Mount Barker Courier: -

Recently post-offices in places of no greater importance than Mount Barker have been remodelled and brought up-to-date; but in no case could the need for improvements have been more urgent than here, where all that is necessary to meet the wishes of the residents and the just demands of the case could be done by the expenditure of very little money. What is wanted is a more adequate and convenient means of delivering the mails, private letter boxes of the orthodox kind, and a local telephone exchange on the toll system. The claims of the case should be patent to the authorities, who have gone so far as to make inspections and give certain promises, and when the matter of reform is commenced it is to be hoped it will be in no piecemeal fashion, but with a determination to bring the post-office thoroughly uptodate. The department will be conserving its own interests by immediate action.

I trust that the Minister will give the matter his immediate consideration, and, as far as possible, meet the wishes of the residents.

Mr Austin Chapman - I shall be very pleased to give attention to the matter.

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