PARTY FOR POSTIE
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.
SAYING THANKS: Miles postie Jenny Noe ready to party.