Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Gracemere's Identity Crisis; Petition Gathers over 2000 Signatures - Is Anyone Listening?

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Gracemere's Identity Crisis; Petition Gathers over 2000 Signatures - Is Anyone Listening?

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Byline: Christine Mckee Christine.Mckee@capnews.com.au

FROM Dingo to Baralaba and Shoalwater to Keppel Sands, the folks all have one thing in common - the 4702 postcode.

Now, with a population of 12,000 people, the good burghers of Gracemere feel the time has come for a postcode of their own.

Gracemere is one of 85 towns to share the 4702 postcode, but a petition signed by more than 2000 of it's 5500 eligible voters says 4708 is available and they want to stake a claim to it.

Alternatively, they'd be happy to join with Rockhampton in 4700.

Petition organisers say some of the other towns in 4702 are simply rural localities with only a few residents.

According to Gracemere Voice spokesman Glen Lynch, the status of the town is being brought down by its postcode and house values are being impacted.

Mr Lynch has lived in Gracemere since 1964, when most of the roads were dirt.

He said it was considered 'back of Bourke' when he was a kid, but now he can get to Rocky's CBD as quick as anyone in Norman Gardens can. …

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