PARTY FOR POSTIE

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chinchilla news.com.au

MILES postie Jenny Noe is turn­ing 60 and she’s ready to cel­e­brate ... with the en­tire town.

This July marks five years since Jenny took up her job and, as a thank you to the town, she’s throw­ing an old-time dance this week­end com­plete with live en­ter­tain­ment, and the whole com­mu­nity is in­vited.

Jenny moved to Miles 10 years ago, hav­ing grown up in the re­gion be­fore mov­ing to Bris­bane where she lived and worked as a screen printer for 35 years.

Dur­ing her time as a screen printer, Jenny printed ev­ery­thing from badges for sou­venir spoons, to glass­ware, to six-foot sig­nage.

“I went and did all the dif­fer­ent strains of screen print­ing, loved it, but I just wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” Jenny said.

She de­cided to move back west, where she worked as a cleaner at the hos­pi­tal un­til a friend sug­gested she ap­ply for a job as the Miles mail con­trac­tor.

It sounded bet­ter the more she thought about it, es­pe­cially af­ter be­ing bored by her clean­ing work.

“There is noth­ing worse than clean­ing some­thing that’s clean,” she joked.

“If you’re go­ing to let me into a house to clean, make sure it’s pretty dirty so I can see where I’ve been!”

Jenny got the job as the Miles’ postie and the rest, as they say, is his­tory.

And it’s the in­cred­i­ble sense of com­mu­nity Jenny has seen out on the job that in­spired her to throw her birth­day bash.

She men­tioned one cou­ple who had made a par­tic­u­lar im­pact.

“They meet me ev­ery day with a flask of cold wa­ter out the front, that makes the day,” Jenny said.

“I’ve got an­other lady who, ev­ery now and then when it’s a stink­ing hot day, she’ll leave a lit­tle note out on her let­ter­box with a lit­tle frozen pop­per juice to say ‘for the thirsty postie’.

“At Christ­mas time I’ve had peo­ple leave choco­lates for me or bring out bis­cuits. I just have the best job I reckon in the world.

“That’s the rea­son why I want ev­ery­body to come (to the birth­day dance), be­cause that’s just a lit­tle thank-you and to say how great you all are.”

The dance, to be held at Drill­ham Hall, is open to ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity.

All Jenny asks is that each per­son brings a plate of food to share for sup­per.

But be­ing an in­trepid postie isn’t al­ways fun and games, Jenny says, with at times “hor­ri­ble” heat and rain, as well as the dan­ger as­so­ci­ated with the job.

“I’ve nearly been run over a cou­ple of times,” she said.

“You have to look af­ter your­self.”

But de­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties, Jenny said she loved her job as a postie.

“I’m not sick of it yet, and noth­ing like get­ting out on the bike in the fresh air.”

Jenny’s 60th birth­day dance will be held this Satur­day, from 8pm at the Drill­ham Hall.

PHOTO: BROOKE DUN­CAN

SAY­ING THANKS: Miles postie Jenny Noe ready to party.

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