Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'Change Postcode 4306'; E-Petition Launched as Postcode Creates Havoc

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

'Change Postcode 4306'; E-Petition Launched as Postcode Creates Havoc

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JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

RESIDENTS in the Karana Downs and Mt Crosby area want action to change their postcode 4306 and have launched an e-petition to get Australia Post to act.

The postcode is the same in Karana Downs as it is way out west at Blackbutt.

The wide geographical reach of the postcode is causing grief for business and individuals who live in Ipswich and just over the boundary in Brisbane.

Business woman Wendy De Graaf and resident Simone Karandrews have outlined how freight in and out of the postcode is more expensive than just down the road in the 4700 postcode.

Australia Post Express parcels take from two to three days to reach Brisbane, compared to the next day in 4700, and mail takes longer to reach destinations and arrive in their area.

Ms Karandrews said the postcode covered more than 50 suburbs.

"It covers around six council areas and five federal electorates and everywhere from Karana Downs, where I am, right out to Blackbutt," she said.

"It has a major impact on people being able to access government services, on insurance, on building purchases and the impact on deliveries for post."

Ms Karandrews said that having a trampoline delivered to Karana Downs cost $93.

"For me to have it delivered two minutes down the road, to the 4070 postcode, it would have cost me $30," she said.

"That is because they classify it as a rural postcode. Delivery companies sometimes don't break it down per suburb. They just use the generic 4306 postcode and obviously base their charge on the greatest distance."

"I was also refused an investment purchase with a major bank purely because of the 4306 postcode."

Ms de Graaf said Insurance premiums were based on postcode and that after the 2011 floods she was denied insurance with Youi due to her postcode.

"Even when I said if I flooded the whole of Brisbane would be under," she said. …

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