Lo­cal Ger­mansen Land­ing post of­fice closed

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Bar­bara GEERNAERT Cit­i­zen staff bgeer­naert@pgc­i­t­i­zen.ca

The Ger­mansen Land­ing post of­fice north­west of Macken­zie is closed and faces an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

Ef­fec­tive Aug. 23, the clo­sure came af­ter much spec­u­la­tion over the fate of con­tin­ued avail­abil­ity of the ser­vice to the iso­lated ru­ral com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to Barb Lin­coln, Branch Pres­i­dent of the Canada Post­mas­ters and As­sis­tants As­so­ci­a­tion, the post of­fice clo­sure was done with­out any no­tice to the com­mu­nity or con­sul­ta­tion with the CPAA.

“The com­mu­nity needs 30 days no­tice. They should have been no­ti­fied,” Lin­coln said.

Since the clo­sure, Ger­mansen Land­ing res­i­dents will con­tinue to col­lect their mail at a group mail­box in Ger­mansen Land­ing but any other ser­vices, in­clud­ing re­tail counter ser­vice with par­cel and reg­is­tered mail pick-ups, stamp pur­chases and par­cel mail­ings, have been re­lo­cated to Man­son Creek which is 26 kilo­me­tres away.

“This 26 km drive is a con­sid­er­able dis­tance, over less than de­sir­able ter­rain and treach­er­ous in win­ter,” said Carolyn El­liott, CPAA B.C. and Yukon vice-pres­i­dent. Ac­cord­ing to El­liott, Canada Post ad­vised CPAA that they had reached out to an elected of­fi­cial re­gard­ing the de­ci­sion to close.

Re­gional Dis­trict of Bulk­leyNechako Di­rec­tor Tom Green­away said that he did speak with Canada Post in re­gards to the clo­sure.

“The is­sue was that the post of­fice did not have a post­mas­ter avail­able to work there. The po­si­tion was posted but there weren’t enough ap­pli­cants,” Green­away said.

“We hope to have this po­si­tion re­posted and this has been re­ferred to Canada Post.”

For Lin­coln, it’s a mat­ter of in­creased com­mu­nity out­reach.

“This cer­tainly isn’t the small­est com­mu­nity post of­fice to close. We’ve had smaller,” Lin­coln said.

“But the com­mu­nity needs to voice their con­cerns, even if it’s just one or two peo­ple. This could make a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Green­away agrees that the pu­bic was not no­ti­fied prop­erly.

“Maybe some­one would have ap­plied had they known,” Green­away said.

“I don’t think this is a done deal. The job needs to be re­posted and I will con­tinue to push this.”

Canada Post did not com­ment af­ter sev­eral at­tempts.

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