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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1297

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Postmaster-General's Department propose to transfer all mail sorting and delivery staff from Harbord Post Office to a new centralised depot located at Manly, New South Wales.

(2)   If the answer to (1) is in the affirmative, what are the reasons for the proposed rearrangement and were consultations held with local residents and businessmen to determine their views on this matter.

(3)   If the Postmaster-General's Department proceeds with the rearrangement, will Harbord Post Office be reduced in status to that of a nonofficial post office.

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The Postmaster-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) It is not intended at this stage to change the arrangements at present operating at the Harbord Post Office. The accommodation position at Harbord is, however, reaching the stage when it could become necessary to obtain additional working space by transferring the postmen to Manly Post Office where adequate space will shortly be available. In those circumstances, it is intended to review the arrangements at Harbord early next year unless additional staff is required in the meantime. Any operational changes which may be found necessary will not reduce the grade or range of the postal services provided. This was explained to a meeting of the Harbord Chamber of Commerce early in July.

(3)   The method of operating the Harbord Post Office, which would not change the grade or range of services provided, will be examined in the light of any operational changes which may be made.

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