Pahlke calls for change to postcode 4306
FORMER postmaster, Cr David Pahlke, has called on Australia Post and the Federal Government to review the number of suburbs and localities that are using postcode 4306.
Over 50 suburbs, towns or localities currently use the postcode and Cr Pahlke said many of them have no relationship with the other and there were "too many for the one postcode".
"4306 covers right up to Blackbutt and out to Ripley and Purga," he said.
"It is an identifying postcode for a geographical area, but it is so huge.
"Some of the geographical mapping is all based on postcode.
"And if you are in the 4306 postcode, whether you are in Haigslea or Purga, some of the insurance companies won't insure you. But in the 4306 area Haigslea and Purga didn't get flooded, although there might have been isolated houses.
"When I was a postmaster in the 1990s, Australia Post refused to review it and here they are 20 years later and still refusing to review it. It was a problem then with all the mail contractors."
Cr David Pahlke drew attention to a private member's motion raised in parliament by Ryan MP Jane Prentice that called for Australia Post to review the allocation of unique postcodes.
She had also drawn attention in media reports to the vast distances between some localities in the 4306 postcode area and to the issues of excessive mail costs and insurance problems.
"She is spot on," Cr Pahlke said.
"But it is her government in power. Australia Post is 100 per cent owned by the Federal Government so they can direct Australia Post to look at this issue.
"I am pleading with them to review it because in another 20 years time it will be an absolute fiasco because there will be more urban houses."
An Australia Post spokesperson said a change in a postcode has "a significant impact on the community and Australia Post only makes changes to postcodes where there is a significant benefit to the processing and delivery of mail".
"There are only a select number of vacant postcodes to service the future needs of the mail network, so these are only allocated if they are needed to increase efficiency of mail processing and delivery. Following requests from local stakeholders - including government - we have recently reviewed local arrangements for postcode 4306. We have no plans to change these arrangements as any modification would not result in more efficient mail delivery."