Red-let­ter day for new own­ers


THE HEATH­COTE post of­fice is un­der new own­er­ship as of last week, with the new op­er­a­tors tak­ing the reins on the sec­ond of this month.

Pre­vi­ous own­ers Daryl and Mary Wal­lace have of­fi­cially called it a day after 15 years and two days of man­ag­ing the town’s mail de­liv­ery.

The cou­ple also over­saw the build­ing of the new post of­fice down the south­ern end of High St in 2013, al­low­ing them to con­vert the old post of­fice into a res­i­dence.

While there are no im­me­di­ate plans to skip the coun­try, Daryl and Mary said they’re hop­ing to com­plete the fin­ish- ing touches on their ren­o­va­tions and then head over­seas in 2018.

“It’s worked out to be a real win-win for Heath­cote and us, be­cause we got to keep this beau­ti­ful build­ing and now Heath­cote’s got one of the best post of­fice fa­cil­i­ties in the greater Bendigo area,” Mr Wal­lace said.

“Be­ing so old, the orig­i­nal post of­fice has a few things that still need a bit of fix­ing up, so we have things to keep us busy for the time be­ing.”

The new own­ers, Brian and Rhonda Lin­nell said that the move to Heath­cote will be one of their last.

“We’re here to stay, this is a per­ma­nent move for us. Un­til we get to the point that we can’t man­age the nine acres we have, we’re set to stay,” Mrs Lin­nell said.

The pair will have help from their son Tim, as well as Ellen who has stayed on work­ing full time.

“I pulled my hus­band out of re­tire­ment. I said if I’m go­ing to work then so are you, so he gets the early shift be­cause I’m not good with morn­ings,” Mrs Lin­nell said.

“It’s quite the learn­ing curve tak­ing over, thank God we’ve got Tim and Ellen who know what they’re do­ing.”

Photo: Bar­bara Sun­gaila

Daryl and Mary Wal­lace ran the post of­fice for more than 15 years.

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