Senate clash over postal centre

THE plight of residents who can't sleep at night because of constant noise at the Rockhampton Mail Centre has caused a clash in the Senate.

Senator Ian Macdonald says he's appalled at the arrogance of both government ministers and Australia Post in dismissing the concerns of residents.

He raised the issue in a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra and was told by Minister for Communications Senator Stephen Conroy that Australia Post was no longer encouraged to follow council regulations and town planning rules.

"In Rockhampton, the regional council has made it clear that the operations at the mail centre in Elphinstone St were not suitable for a quiet residential neighbourhood," he said.

"In spite of many approaches to Australia Post and the Minister for relief from the noise, we have been ignored," Senator Macdonald said.

Mayor Brad Carter joined the criticism yesterday.

He said the council planned to identify reasonable conditions for operation, make them public and ask the organisation to comply.

"We will also identify a parcel of land in a suitable industrial zone Australia Post can move to," he said.

"I think it's irresponsible corporate behaviour and demonstrates a lack of respect for planning schemes which are there to protect residential areas and our community."



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