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AUSTRALIA Post has confirmed next day mail delivery will end in Bendigo from March 3. 

Spokeswoman Michelle Skehan said it would now take two days for a letter to reach someone in Melbourne if posted from Bendigo, with mail being sorted in Dandenong. 

"10 people have taken voluntary redundancies state-wide, too," she said.  

Communications Workers Union secretary Joan Doyle said she was "disgusted" by the job losses.

"Six jobs have been lost in Bendigo," she said. 

"If you send mail from Bendigo to Bendigo, it will still get there the next day, but if you're sending it outside of the postcodes 3550 and 3551, it won't be there the next day.

“Currently Victoria has a network of five country mail centres, Bendigo, Geelong, Ballarat, Gippsland and Seymour, which are linked by transport interchanges. 

"This enables the mail to be delivered the next day anywhere in country Victoria. 

"From March 3, except for mail sent within the same country town, all country mail will be sent to the Dandenong Letters Centre for sorting. 

"This delays mail delivery for at least an additional day."

Ms Doyle went on to say that mail going to a country destination in another State fares even worse, taking four days to deliver instead of the usual two." 

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