Cooya calls for postie service
COOYA Beach residents will have to collect their mail from Mossman for the foreseeable future after the closure of the local convenience store.
The store acted as an Australia Post agency but despite its closure last week, Australia Post is yet to commit to a postal service in the Douglas region’s fastest-growing community.
Instead, Australia Post will be “asking” the residents if they want the “postie” to deliver their mail or if they will be happy to drive into Mossman to collect it.
Australia Post’s communications manager Melanie Ward said residents would receive information about the mail poll and how to have their say later this month.
“The mail poll forms will be handdelivered to the physical address of all eligible residents and if no one is in attendance the letter will be left in a prominent position such as under a door, or in the flyscreen,” Ms Ward said.
“Residents can choose to continue with collecting mail from the Mossman Post Office or from their reduced rate post office box or to have a street mail delivery service implemented.
“If the majority of residents (more than 50 per cent) choose to receive a street mail delivery service, Australia Post will implement the service at no cost to residents.
“We are more than happy to implement a new street mail delivery service if this is what the majority of residents would like.
“If a mail delivery service is imple- mented, residents will need to install a suitable letterbox at their property.”
Cooya Beach resident Toni Wienert said she was disappointed the mailing service at the Cooya Beach store was lost but said she would be happy if the postie service was introduced.
“It is unfortunate the shop closed, but I think Australia Post should now provide us with a home delivery service,” Ms Wienert said.
“Having a postie would certainly be a lot better because most of us have post boxes at the shop which we have to pay for.
“A postie is definitely needed and that would make the service free just like most other towns and communities who have their mail delivered.”
As of Monday, residents can collect their mail over the counter at Mossman Post Office.
Post problems: Cooya Beach resident Toni Wienert