Fight to save post box

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FED­ERAL Mem­ber for Brand Madeleine King has joined sev­eral Bal­divis res­i­dents’ bid to save their red post box from the pages of the his­tory books.

Aus­tralia Post has pro­posed per­ma­nently re­mov­ing the post box on Os­good Way in Bal­divis, next to the Set­tlers Hills Vil­lage Shop­ping Vil­lage.

With only three street post boxes ser­vic­ing Bal­divis homes, the pro­posed re­moval of one of them does not make sense to lo­cal res­i­dents or to Ms King.

She said Aus­tralia Post wrote to her, ad­vis­ing of the in­tended re­moval of the post box at 7 Os­good Way. “It can be dif­fi­cult to have ser­vices re­in­stated once they have been re­moved and Bal­divis is a grow­ing area,” she said.

“Bal­divis is a fast-grow­ing sub­urb and the com­mu­nity in the vicin­ity of this box is a busy one with young and older fam­i­lies, re­tire­ment facilities and many small busi­nesses who will all miss out if this post box is re­moved.”

Ms King has writ­ten to res­i­dents ad­vis­ing of Aus­tralia Post’s plans to re­move the post box and has many calls from peo­ple un­happy about d483598 the pro­posal. “If any­thing, Aus­tralia Post should be look­ing at in­stalling ad­di­tional ser­vices in grow­ing sub­urbs, and not tak­ing away what lit­tle is cur­rently there,” she said.

The MP has writ­ten to Aus­tralia Post, ask­ing that the re­moval plan be re­con­sid­ered for the long-term ben­e­fit of the grow­ing com­mu­nity.

Ms King has en­cour­aged res­i­dents to get on board and make their own sub­mis­sions to Aus­tralia Post by call­ing 13 13 18 and quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber for the post box of 179 458 881.

MP Madeleine King poses be­side the mail box that res­i­dents are fight­ing to keep.

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