Mansfield Courier

Same letter service will cost double

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IF you are a Mansfield resident that still writes letters or pays bills by post, your endeavors are about to cost you more.

The Federal Government has approved changes to help sustain the Australia Post letters service and protect the national network of 4400 post offices.

It said the changes would help keep post offices open – including Australia Post’s vital regional and rural network - keep posties delivering mail five days a week and “ensure Australian­s everywhere can continue to access a world-class letters service”.

However, that letters service will now be two-tiered.

The government decision allows Australia Post to introduce a new regular letters service delivered two days slower than the current timetable.

People wanting to send mail to the existing schedule will pay more for a priority service.

These changes would also help stem growing losses in the mail service caused by changing consumer and business behavior that was driving an alarming fall in letter volumes.

Australia Post’s managing director and group chief executive officer, Ahmed Fahour, confirmed that Australia Post would seek approval from the Australian Competitio­n and Consumer Commission to raise the basic stamp price from 70 cents to $1 to better reflect the total cost of sending a letter.

The basic stamp price would apply to the new regular service.

Priority stamps are expected to cost around $1.50 when they are introduced and prices could rise to $2 in later years.

Mr Fahour said the service changes would not be introduced until September this year at the earliest.

“We will protect those who most need our support by freezing the price of the concession stamp at the 2010 price of 60 cents,” Mr Fahour said.

“This is available to 5.7 million Australian­s.

“We will also freeze the Seasonal Greeting or Australian Christmas stamp price at today’s price of 65 cents.”

Prior to the changes, Australia Post would work closely with community, staff and customers ahead of their introducti­on.

Mr Fahour announced a national program of community consultati­on regarding the implementa­tion of the changes.

This will include roundtable meetings with representa­tives from the broad community and special interest groups such as the elderly, regional and rural Australian­s, business, government, unions and licensed post office operators.

To join the national conversati­on visit www.auspost.com.au/conversati­on.

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RURAL councils are working together to develop new ideas and approaches to secure their financial and operationa­l futures...
WORLD CLASS SERVICE?: The letters service provided by Australia Post will now become a two-tiered service at an additional cost. RURAL councils are working together to develop new ideas and approaches to secure their financial and operationa­l futures...

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