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Sale of Goodna Post Office is an insult to local people: Tully

Goodna resident Sadie Cowan at the Goodna Post Office at St Ives.
Goodna resident Sadie Cowan at the Goodna Post Office at St Ives. Sarah Harvey

THE Goodna Post Office will be sold by Australia Post and run by a local business in a move described by Cr Paul Tully as "an insult to the people of Goodna".

An Australia Post spokesperson confirmed yesterday that "we are proposing to transition the Goodna Post Office from being owned and operated by Australia Post to being run by a local business owner as a licensed post office".

The spokesperson said the post office would remain in its current location at the St Ives Shopping Centre and offer the same services as it does now.

But Cr Tully said he was appalled by the move and warned that permanent Australia Post staff would be made redundant or moved to other locations.

"This is nothing but a penny-pinching, scabby move by Australia Post fat cats sitting in their ivory towers in downtown Brisbane," Cr Tully said.

"Goodna has had a local stand alone post office for 80 years. Now it will merge with a local business such as the fruit shop or Subway."

The Australia Post spokesperson confirmed "almost 80% of our post offices nationally operate under a licensed post office agreement and are closely monitored to ensure that they adhere to high customer service standards".

But Cr Tully said he was unimpressed by that move too.

"I am calling on Australia Post to halt these closures.

"Post offices are traditionally the main hub in the local community. In the Goodna town centre you'd have this downgraded to nothing more than a counter in a fruit or hardware shop."

The Australia Post spokesperson said "any staff impacted by this change of ownership, we will work with them individually to finalise new opportunities at nearby post offices".

Topics:  australia post, job cuts, paul tully



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