Cooya calls for postie ser­vice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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

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