Fighting snail mail with coun­cil power

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - An­nie Perets

LENGTHY mail de­liv­ery times by post does not af­fect just the res­i­dents of the North Bur­nett, but coun­cil­lors too.

“I know at least a thou­sand items that have been posted to Biggen­den, and have never ar­rived in Biggen­den,” Cr Rob­bie Radel said.

The is­sue was heav­ily dis­cussed at a re­cent North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing, brought up by the fact that an event in­vi­ta­tion for coun­cil em­ploy­ees showed up just hours be­fore the event it­self.

The con­sen­sus was ac­tion needed to be taken, and it needed to be taken now.

Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan said go­ing by some of the sto­ries she had heard from res­i­dents, it was just not ac­cept­able.

“A res­i­dent had some­thing posted on April 20, and it didn’t ar­rive at an­other Monto ad­dress un­til May 6,” Cr Whe­lan said.

To ad­just to the slow de­liv­ery, the coun­cil has even made changes.

For ex­am­ple, with wan­der­ing dogs, the reg­is­tra­tion time­frame has been changed from five to 10 days to ac­count for the longer de­liv­ery time.

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers will bring up the prob­lem with Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O’Dowd as a cur­rent is­sue, rather than sim­ply an elec­tion is­sue.

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