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Australian Heritage Commission

Media Release

 

Keeping Post Offices —Heritage Boost

 

The Chairman of the Australian Heritage Commission today welcomed the Government’s commitment to retain Post Offices in rural and regional areas.

 

“The growing number of country Post Offices which have closed in recent years has been a grave loss to the heritage of regional Australia,” the Chairman, Peter King said.

 

“If we can keep the remaining country Post Offices open then this will be a much-needed boost for heritage in these embattled regions.

 

“In many small towns the Post Office is a key, highly visible feature of the main street. As well as this, because of the role they have played in servicing the region and as a meeting place. these buildings have really important social values for communities. That’s what makes them such a significant heritage resource.

 

“The owners of public buildings like this possess something which goes beyond real estate. They have an asset which they hold in trust for the community.”

 

Mr King said that the Review of Commonwealth Owned Heritage Properties had included Post Offices among buildings which were an ‘integral part of the living cultural record of the nation’s history and identity’.

 

The Committee of Review said, “The protests have been loudest against the loss of familiar post offices, places at the heart of keeping in contact.”

 

“The Australian Heritage Commission has been involved in on-going vigorous discussions with Australia Post, to ensure that the heritage values of our Post Offices, particularly in regional areas, are maintained, even where it has been determined they must be sold,” Mr King said.

 

“If the sale of Post Offices is reduced, then at least this part of our history will remain.”

 

For further information:

Peter King   ph 02 9232 4671   mobile 0418 414 736

Noel Pratt, AHC Education & Communication Section   ph 02 6217 2117

 

June 22 1998

 

 

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