Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis MP is urging local residents to have their say in underway public consultation looking at the future of postal services, and how Australia Post can modernise its services yet financially survive in an increasingly digitalised economy.
“Whilst this consultation is driven by the Federal Government not State, I have a keen interest in this topic having been receiving regular contact from residents in growth areas of North Beach and Wallaroo lamenting a lack of mail street delivery that forces them in lieu to invest in a post office box and incur fees, transport and fuel expenses that their neighbours who receive street delivery don’t have”, Mr Ellis said.
“I have additionally been liaising with Australia Post over recent months, including meeting with the Territory Manager Delivery SA, urging customer engagement and for services to keep up with township growth. But whilst these talks progress I alert to this valuable opportunity that is now available via the Federal Government for constituents to have their say on what Australia Post services they seek”, Mr Ellis said.
Whilst Australia Post does not receive financial support from the Government, as a self-funded Government Business Enterprise it is required under legislation to meet a range of Community Service Obligations.
“I, as is Australia Post, am also mindful of the need for future decisions to not unfairly impact on the revenue and profitability of licenced post offices and community postal agents that play such a crucial role in rural and remote communities so certainly a balanced approach is needed”, Mr Ellis said.
The link to discussion paper and details about how to make a submission is at www.infrastructure.gov.au/department/media/publications/postal-services-modernisation-discussion-paper
Comments can be emailed to [email protected] or alternatively, contact the Narungga Electorate Office on 88322455 for more information.
The “Postal Services Modernisation” consultation is open until 27 April.
Property owners at North Beach, North Shores and Wallaroo marina precinct are also invited to alternatively visit the Narungga Electorate Office (37 Graves Street Kadina) and sign a petition specifically seeking the expansion of street delivery mail services into these growth areas; or residents can phone or email the Narungga Electorate Office and ask for a sheet to be emailed to them.
“These petition sheets can then form part of a submission I intend to lodge and would form valuable feedback for decision-makers within the Federal Government and Australia Post”, Mr Ellis said.