RESIDENTS in one of Bendigo's biggest growth areas are calling on Australia Post to expand its home mail delivery service.
While some Huntly residents get mail delivered to their street, others have to head into the post office.
Kristy Harris and her husband are building a house in a Huntly estate, roughly half a kilometre down the road from where they're living.
Mail gets delivered to their home in Epsom. But as soon as they move, they'll either have to pay to use a PO Box or collect their letters and parcels from the Huntly post office.
Mrs Harris said street mail delivery was something people expected when they moved to a community the size of Huntly, which is home to numerous new housing estates.
Hundreds of new homes are planned for the area.
"I've been contacted by people who live in a lot smaller towns than us, but it's still spread over the same amount of space, and they get mail delivery," Mrs Harris said.
"It's convenience. A lot of people don't have the time to go to the post office during business hours to pick up mail. I know they have the option of post boxes, but that's an additional expense."
Mrs Harris has started a Change.org petition, which has more than 500 signatures.
Some people who signed said a street mail delivery would make life easier for young families. Others raised concerns about older residents having to travel to collect their post.
From the archives:
Huntly residents have previously petitioned Australia Post to make home mail delivery more widespread in their community.
Australia Post said at the time it would consider expanding home mail delivery in the Huntly area.
A poll Australia post conducted that year is understood to have been unsuccessful.
"Obviously the community has grown since 2017," Mrs Harris said.
The 2016 census recorded 2379 Huntly residents. The suburb's population was estimated to have reached 2911 people by June 30, 2019.
Some residents are concerned expanding the street mail delivery service will affect the post office's viability.
The Bendigo Advertiser understands PO Boxes will no longer be available to Huntly residents at a reduced rate if street mail delivery is introduced.
Mrs Harris considered the community's post office essential, even if mail is delivered to people's homes.
An Australia Post spokesperson said the organisation was committed to providing a safe and secure mail delivery service that was reasonably accessible to all Australians.
"We take requests to change our mail delivery arrangements seriously, and we strive to apply a fair and consistent approach to managing these," they said.
"Where there is wide support to change delivery arrangements in a community, and minimum thresholds for safety and mail volumes are met, we will conduct a mail poll to give everyone in the community an opportunity to have their say about the change."
To view the petition, visit change.org/p/australia-post-huntly-mail-delivery