Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dear Mr, or Ms, Spokesperson. in a Changing World, It's Time to Be Flexible

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dear Mr, or Ms, Spokesperson. in a Changing World, It's Time to Be Flexible

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IN early 2017, Rockhampton Regional Council was presented with a petition from Gracemere residents asking to lobby Australia Post for its own postcode to replace the current 4702. The council has since held a number of meetings with Australia Post and were advised a unique postcode for Gracemere was not an option due to the low number of postal deliveries to the area. A survey, completed late August, showed 69% support from the 1924 respondents for a change to 4700 (Rockhampton's postcode).

MY SAY

ADAM WRATTEN

DEPUTY EDITOR

I HOPE Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd's official invitation to help thousands of his constituents arrives, ironically, in the mail soon so he can join the battle against Australia Post to have Gracemere's postcode changed.

Then with Rockhampton Regional Council (which has admirably stepped up on this issue), he may unleash his energies on the true villain of this piece - hmmm, well, I'd love to tell you who that is...but at the moment I can't.

Not only can I not provide a name, I can't even give you a gender.

But just so you are warned, it is you Mr, or Ms, Australia Post spokesperson, I refer to.

It appears that for years you have rejected our community's request for change.

In your own words, provided to The Morning Bulletin, on Friday:

"We acknowledge the results of Rockhampton Regional Council's survey and are closely monitoring the mail delivery needs of the local Gracemere area. Australia Post has reviewed postcode 4702 several times.

"While local councils define the boundaries of the localities they administer, we assign postcodes within those areas based on the needs of the delivery network. Postcodes are used to efficiently process, transport and deliver mail to local residents. Australia Post will only make changes to postcodes if there are operational requirements to do so.

"The use of postcodes by other parties and service providers for their own purposes does not influence Australia Post's operational decisions regarding postcode allocation. …

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