Christmas postage offer fails business owner
TAMWORTH Street businesswoman Robyn West has rejected Council’s promotion of free postage to support local businesses after being told on the telephone that because she cannot make it to the Talbragar Street post office due to late opening hours and the distance from her work place, she was not eligible.
“Which is disgusting! This initiative is designed to help council and no one else!” she said.
She said she couldn’t understand why Talbragar Street was the only post office participating in the promotion, given the fact there are four Australia Post offices in the city, not including Wellington – and going to Talbragar Street would require her to close her own store during the day to participate.
Council replied: “As mentioned during our conversation, eligible packages must be posted through Australia Post’s outlet on Talbragar Street in Dubbo as outlined in the terms and conditions.
“The reason Council has engaged this location is because the initiative is funded by Council’s Ignite Program – a program designed specifically to support Dubbo and Wellington’s CBDS.”
This came after she had registered with the initiative and was told she was an approved participant in the Dubbo Regional Council’s Free Christmas Postage Initiative for Small Businesses in the Dubbo Region.
Businesses have been told the maximum amount of postage per day is set at $100 per registered business but the total allocation across Dubbo and Wellington is just $500 per day. Once the allocation is used, “no further postage will be offered on that day and a new allocation will commence the following day,” Council’s rules state.