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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 2664

Mr Wallis asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice.

(1)   Are there any plans by his Department to downgrade or close any official or unofficial post offices in the Electoral Division of Grey.

(2)   If so, (a) where are these post offices located, (b) what will be the future status of each, (c) what is the annual cost associated with each and (d) what is the annual income of each.

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's questions is as follows:

(1)   As part of a general review of the postal service network to see whether services to the community can be provided as effectively but more economically in a different way, my Department is reviewing the present arrangements at some of the small official and non-official post offices. Offices in the Grey Electorate would be involved in this review.

The alternative arrangement in the case of some small official post offices is to convert them to the non-official method of operation, which does not reduce the range and grade of service being provided but brings them into line with many other similar small towns where non-official post offices have been providing a good grade of service for many years.

The small non-official post offices being reviewed are those which are mainly located at places where there are no shops and are very little used by local residents except to serve as mail delivery points. At many, of these places other arrangements, such as delivery to the gate of each resident, can be made at less cost.

(2)   As I informed the Honourable Member recently, the review has shown that there are four small official post offices in his electorate which aTe considered more appropriate for operation as nonofficial post offices. The details of these offices are:

The Honourable Member has recently raised some aspects associated with the conversion of these offices and I will be writing to him shortly.

Although there are a number of small non-official post offices in the Grey Electorate which are serving mainly as mail delivery points, the review of these has not yet reached the stage where it would be appropriate to mention possible locations. Local enquiries about possible alternative arrangements and their suitability to meet community needs should be made first. However, I have arranged for the Honourable Member to be informed immedately a conclusion is reached that an office should be closed.

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