Post of­fices to get life­line with $10,000 boosts

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Sherele Moody APN News­desk

AUSTRALIA Post is giv­ing two of its North and South Bur­nett op­er­a­tors a life­line worth up to $10,000 each.

The move re­ceived a mixed re­sponse from in­dus­try lobby groups LPOGroup and the Post Of­fice Agents As­so­ci­a­tion Limited.

Two li­censees and com­mu­nity postal agen­cies in the re­gion (which were not named) will ben­e­fit from the $51.4 mil­lion na­tion­wide Australia Post pay­ment boost that will start on July 1.

Li­censees will get an ex­tra $10,000 over 12 months to cope with tech­nol­ogy-driven down­turns in busi­ness.

The boost will lift their guar­an­teed an­nual in­come to $30,000 a year.

The smaller com­mu­nity postal agents that of­fer only a few AP ser­vices will get a min­i­mum an­nual pay­ment of $7500 from the gov­ern­ment-owned agency.

Par­cel han­dling pay­ments will also in­crease from 60c to $1.60.

AP man­ag­ing direc­tor Ahmed Fa­hour said sus­tain­abil­ity of th­ese pay­ments re­lied on pro­posed re­forms re­ceiv­ing gov­ern­ment ap­proval.

Re­forms in­cluded in­creas­ing the cur­rent ba­sic postage rate of 70c to $1 and a new dual-speed let­ter de­liv­ery ser­vice.

Mr Fa­hour said ru­ral and re­mote post of­fice op­er­a­tors were be­ing hit hard by a fall in tra­di­tional ser­vices.

“We’ve been work­ing closely with our li­censees to iden­tify how to best sup­port them in the face of digi­ti­sa­tion, a sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge fac­ing our tra­di­tional let­ters busi­ness,” he said.

“The new small post of­fice sup­port plan will im­me­di­ately strengthen the fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity of 478 li­censed post of­fices and 495 com­mu­nity postal agen­cies across ru­ral and re­mote Australia.

“We have also more than dou­bled par­cel han­dling pay­ments – with the street-carded par­cel rate in­creas­ing from 60 cents to $1.60.”

Mr Fa­hour said stamp price in­creases would help sus­tain the busi­ness.

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