Boxing gloves on over postal switch
COLLINSVALE residents fear lives will be at risk, if plans by Australia Post to set up nests of letterboxes on “dangerous” roads go ahead.
Recent closure to the Collinsvale General Store, where mail to around 240 homes was previously delivered, has sparked a stand-off between Australia Post and Collinsvale residents.
Australia Post informed Collinsvale residents this week of a proposed new delivery service that offers postage to some homes, while other mail would be delivered to up to 10 letter- box sites, deemed safe by the national postal agency.
Some Collinsvale residents believe Australia Post should reconsider, saying the letterbox nests earmarked for installation on October 1 would pose a serious safety risk on a severalf “hazardous” Collinsvale roads.
“We’re really concerned that there will be a serious injury to someone when collecting mail at these proposed clusters of letterboxes,” resident Danielle Woodbridge said.
“During winter months, these roads become icy which could result in unimaginable accidents if residents are to be dodging traffic to collect their mail.”
But in a letter to residents this week, Australia Post said a Collinsvale road risk assessment determined delivery to letterbox nest sites would be safer than postage to homes.
“While we know that all residents would love to have deliveries to their property, the condition of some of the local roads would make mail delivery unsafe,” a spokesman said.
“If the condition of the roads was to improve and safety was no longer an issue, then we would happily review mail delivery arrangements.”
Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said council took the safety of the municipality’s roads was a top priority.
“The safety of our residents and people moving about the municipality is something that Council takes seriously,” she said.
“While it is not our role to approve locations of mailboxes, we have advised Australia Post letterbox nest sites should be located in safe areas clear of the road, while providing sufficient sight distances for vehicles stopping.
“In terms of ongoing road safety, we’re always open to community consultation about that,” Ald Johnston said.