Box­ing gloves on over postal switch

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

COLLINSVALE res­i­dents fear lives will be at risk, if plans by Aus­tralia Post to set up nests of let­ter­boxes on “dan­ger­ous” roads go ahead.

Re­cent clo­sure to the Collinsvale Gen­eral Store, where mail to around 240 homes was pre­vi­ously de­liv­ered, has sparked a stand-off be­tween Aus­tralia Post and Collinsvale res­i­dents.

Aus­tralia Post in­formed Collinsvale res­i­dents this week of a pro­posed new de­liv­ery ser­vice that of­fers postage to some homes, while other mail would be de­liv­ered to up to 10 let­ter- box sites, deemed safe by the national postal agency.

Some Collinsvale res­i­dents believe Aus­tralia Post should re­con­sider, say­ing the let­ter­box nests ear­marked for in­stal­la­tion on Oc­to­ber 1 would pose a se­ri­ous safety risk on a sev­er­alf “haz­ardous” Collinsvale roads.

“We’re re­ally con­cerned that there will be a se­ri­ous in­jury to some­one when col­lect­ing mail at these pro­posed clus­ters of let­ter­boxes,” res­i­dent Danielle Wood­bridge said.

“Dur­ing win­ter months, these roads be­come icy which could re­sult in unimag­in­able ac­ci­dents if res­i­dents are to be dodg­ing traf­fic to col­lect their mail.”

But in a let­ter to res­i­dents this week, Aus­tralia Post said a Collinsvale road risk as­sess­ment de­ter­mined de­liv­ery to let­ter­box nest sites would be safer than postage to homes.

“While we know that all res­i­dents would love to have de­liv­er­ies to their prop­erty, the con­di­tion of some of the lo­cal roads would make mail de­liv­ery un­safe,” a spokesman said.

“If the con­di­tion of the roads was to im­prove and safety was no longer an is­sue, then we would hap­pily re­view mail de­liv­ery ar­range­ments.”

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie John­ston said coun­cil took the safety of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s roads was a top pri­or­ity.

“The safety of our res­i­dents and peo­ple mov­ing about the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is some­thing that Coun­cil takes se­ri­ously,” she said.

“While it is not our role to ap­prove lo­ca­tions of mail­boxes, we have ad­vised Aus­tralia Post let­ter­box nest sites should be lo­cated in safe ar­eas clear of the road, while pro­vid­ing suf­fi­cient sight dis­tances for ve­hi­cles stop­ping.

“In terms of on­go­ing road safety, we’re al­ways open to com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion about that,” Ald John­ston said.

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