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Protestors flock to postal rally

CROWDS GATHERED: Protestors at the Kingaroy Delivery Centre rally.
CROWDS GATHERED: Protestors at the Kingaroy Delivery Centre rally. Louise Cheer

A CLEAR message has been sent.

About 40 business owners and residents gathered next door to the Kingaroy Delivery Centre today to protest against the closure of its retail counter.

Business owner Trudi Barlett addressed the crowd, speaking on behalf of other business owners who were unable to attend.

"What we're trying to get out of this rally is a solution to stop this closure, so we need to able to present some alternatives to Australia Post," she said.

Ms Barlett encouraged people to send suggestions to Australia Post via email or bring them into Somethings Country at Kingaroy St.

Janelle Frohloff said Australia Post had cited financial reasons for its decision.

"We're going to try to delay the move to the mall for 18 months when the lease runs out at the post office," she said.

"For 2011/2012 Australia Post posted a profit of $281.2 million, which is a $40 million increase from last year, so surely they can spend a tiny percent of that profit to keep our community services."

Residents who used the over-the-counter services were also there to show their support.

Heather Millard, who uses a walker to get around, said the change would inconvenience a lot of disabled people.

"You can't go up the escalator because it's dangerous, especially for people like me who have a walker," she said.

"And there's no lift."

To send in suggestions to Australia Post email geoff.hyland@auspost.com.au.

South Burnett

Topics:  australia post, kingaroy, protest




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