Ripley ready for mail revolution

HOUSING developments in Ripley Valley will feature community mailboxes as part of a sweeping overhaul of Australia Post.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia has asked Australia Post to install more than 1000 of the new mail boxes in community hubs across the suburb, with residents using a swipe card or pin number to collect their mail.

Ipswich City Council Planning and Development Committee chairman Councillor Paul Tully said the move was “still five years away” and would not affect existing homes.

“Australia Post only wants to install the delivery points in greenfield sites to avoid issues with retrofitting existing suburbs and minimising problems with the workforce,” Cr Tully said.

“What they want to do is create a social hub or a focal point in these new developments where people can go and collect their mail on mass.

“Bringing more than 1000 people a day to the same area will create a significant ongoing boost for surrounding businesses.”

Cr Tully said the council would be happy to work with developers and Australia Post to help pioneer the program.

“Obviously these hubs will have to be well planned and developers will have to work with the council to find a suitable site,” he said.

“I suspect the Ripley Valley (mail boxes) are still five years away, if not more, but it shows you how times are changing.

“I grew up in an era of daily milk deliveries and that was something that slowly changed over the years. The changes in the postal system will be the same and they will become a way of life for thousands of people.”

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