Australia Post would move to new city, not build new centre
AUSTRALIA Post would rather relocate to a metropolitan area than build a new mailing centre in Rockhampton.
This was the message Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry took from a question session in Federal Parliament this week with the CEO of Australia Post.
"I have been getting complaints, along with Queensland colleague Senator Ian Macdonald, from residents near the North Rockhampton Mail Centre about increasing noise caused by semi-trailers delivering mail and other work there at all hours of the night," Ms Landry said.
"All the sleepless nights are beginning to cause some locals health problems."
Ms Landry said Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour confirmed that noise reduction programs were underway to improve the situation - including noise reduced fencing.
But when asked if Australia Post would consider selling the site and use the funds to build a new hi-tech sorting centre in a more suitable part of the city, the post boss said that if he closed the centre, he would never rebuild a new sorting depot in Rockhampton - but instead take the operations to a metropolitan city.
"It's like a holding a gun to the heads of North Rockhampton residents experiencing noise issues and to the people who work there," Ms Landry said.
"They say if the current mail centre was to relocate to overcome noise issues, they will never rebuild a better modern facility in Rockhampton to replace it, but take it way for good, costing many local jobs.
"Senator Macdonald told the Senate Estimates hearings that if Australia Post was not a Government Business Enterprise it would have been shut down by the local Council because of many operating issues in its current location.
"Australia Post seems to have blown a big raspberry in the face of those asking questions, threatening to take away infrastructure and jobs from the city if they were called out for noise or non-compliance of ordinances that every other business has to abide by," Ms Landry said.
The CEO of the postal giant came before MP's to answer questions in Parliament House this week.
Ms Landry asked Australian Post to revisit a call by hundreds of residents near Marian, west of Mackay, to get home delivered mail services and extra post boxes installed at the local post office.
"At least 600 people have indicated to me they are interested in having mail delivered to their homes," Ms Landry said.
"Australia Post conducted a survey and initially stated there wasn't enough interest. But I'd encourage them to look into it again."