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Tuesday, 19 February 1980
Page: 89

Mr Innes asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on 29 August 1979:

(1)   How many (a) post offices and (b) postal agencies have been (i) opened and (ii) closed by Australia Post or its predecessors in each of the last 10 years.

(   2 ) What are the names of the localities in each case.

(3)   Does the closure of small post offices and postal agencies degrade the service Australia Post provides to many country people.

Mr Staley -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The number of post offices opened and closed in each of the last 10 financial years is set out in the following table:


(2)   Names of localities in each case have been provided separately to Mr Innes.

(3)   Generally, post offices identified for closure in rural areas would be those which are not used to any significant extent by the community they are intended to serve. In many cases, such offices serve mainly as a mail collection point for the community.

Where such post offices are scheduled for closure, it is Australia Post's policy to make alternative delivery arrangements for mail by, for example, the extension of a delivery service to local residents, or the introduction of a Community Mail Bag. It is the usual practice also to retain posting facilities in the area and to arrange for a local shopkeeper or resident to be issued with a licence to sell postage stamps.

In addition, Australia Post has recently introduced a new facility, in rural areas, of Community Mail Agency. In certain circumstances, this facility provides a point for posting fully pre-paid mail, purchasing postage stamps and, if necessary, the collection of mail.

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