Mandurang mailboxes a good solution

MANDURANG residents and Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters cut the ribbon on the town's new community mailboxes on Tuesday.

POST: Mandurang resident Anne Prime and Mandurang South Post Office's Kim Monro take a closer look at the mailboxes. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

POST: Mandurang resident Anne Prime and Mandurang South Post Office's Kim Monro take a closer look at the mailboxes. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

The mailboxes will give residents a chance to pick up their mail when it suits them after the Mandurang Post Office reduced its hours to 8am to noon daily.

Ms Chesters said the Mandurang community had come to her at the end of last year and asked for the community mailboxes.

"It was one of those moments where it is a local issue and I (was happy) to become an advocate for it," Ms Chesters said.

Ms Chesters said she understood why local post offices could be forced to reduce their hours but said the reduced hours didn't suit the whole community.

"People can't survive on that. You need to have the right to access your mailbox (when you want)," she said.

"This is an outcome that works for Mandurang."

But Ms Chesters said while the community mailboxes were an ideal solution for Mandurang, it wouldn't work in larger communities.

"This wouldn't work for the whole of Bendigo and with the federal government reviewing Australia Post's services, I'm concerned they are wanting to bring more in (bigger) communities," she said.

"(This solution) suits communities that are further out of Bendigo but not any suburbs within Bendigo.

"We don't want (community mailboxes) to replace our posties."

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