Christ­mas postage of­fer fails busi­ness owner

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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.

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