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Keeping Post Offices - heritage boost

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K eeping Post Offices -H eritage Boost

The Chairman of the^ Australian Heritage Commission today w elcom ed the G overnm ent's commitment to retain Post Offices in rural and regional areas. „ . <

"The growing number of country Post Offices which have dosed 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 mam 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 mcluded Post Offices among buildings which were an 'integral part of the- iving 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 02 6217 2117

June 22 1998

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