AUSTRALIA Post has promised south-west communities it does not plan to scale back licensed post offices as part of a major review of operations.
Minimum guaranteed annual payments to post office operators will be raised and a minimum payment for community postal agencies will be introduced through an extra $40 million a year on top of the $320m now paid.
Access to electronic point of sale technology will allow smaller post offices to offer additional services including payment by credit card, eftpos and banking services.
More superstores similar to the one on Koroit Street, Warrnambool will be opened in the next five years.
“While letter volumes decline we are committed to not only keeping our post offices open and vital to the communities they serve, but also growing their relevance by evolving from a reliance on letters,” Australia Post managing director and chief executive Ahmed Fahour said.
The Standard was told there would be no change to the postal boxes in Timor Street.