Post of­fice change needs com­mon sense

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

READ­ERS and Beech­worth cit­i­zens will be aware that an ap­pli­ca­tion has been made to Indigo Shire Coun­cil for a per­mit to cre­ate dis­abled ac­cess at Beech­worth Post Of­fice.

This was raised last year but con­struc­tion of a ramp was be­ing ad­vo­cated in front of this iconic build­ing, chang­ing its ap­pear­ance for­ever and at the same time restrict­ing pave­ment space for pedes­tri­ans.

We agree that dis­abled and able-bod­ied peo­ple have the same rights and what was strongly rec­om­mended was one post of­fice en­try for ev­ery­one, but po­si­tioned in Ford Street, where ac­cess was eas­ier.

That would leave the post of­fice build­ing, fac­ing the street, in its cur­rent state.

The post box has al­ready been re­lo­cated to Ford Street and surely some of park­ing be­hind the build­ing could be used for par­cel col­lec­tion.

Beech­worth is known as the ‘best pre­served gold­min­ing town in Australia’ but will the pro­posed change af­fect this? We cer­tainly hope that com­mon sense pre­vails. Sheila and John Rade­man, Beech­worth

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