Nev Williams speaks with Senator Ian MacDonald about disruptive noise coming from the North Rockhampton Mail Centre on the corner of Elphinstone and Musgrave Sts.
Nev Williams speaks with Senator Ian MacDonald about disruptive noise coming from the North Rockhampton Mail Centre on the corner of Elphinstone and Musgrave Sts. Allan Reinikka

Stamp of disapproval

NIGHT after night, residents living near the North Rockhampton Mail Centre are woken by thunderous Australia Post trucks and forklifts.

Yesterday the angry residents met with LNP Senator Ian MacDonald and Australia Post representatives to discuss their plight.

But rail worker Nev Williams felt their complaints to the postal agency were “returned to sender”.

“It's gone beyond a joke,” he said.

“When I moved here six years ago it was quiet.

“Now at night I can hear the forklifts, the trucks letting off the airbrakes and reversing, and workers talking.”

Sen MacDonald said despite Australia Post's efforts to appease the neighbourhood by rescheduling trucks, the noise had only worsened.

“They've done everything they can and it hasn't worked,” he said.

“It should be moved to an industrial estate.

"There are trucks coming in at 10pm, 12am, 2am and 5am.”

Sen MacDonald said Australia Post had told him a move could cost up to $20 million.

“It seems excessive to me,” he said.

“If they were anyone else but a Commonwealth Government agency they would have been shut down 10 years ago.”

But Kirsten Livermore's office said the Federal Government did not have the power to control the postal service.

A spokesman for the Member for Capricornia said Rockhampton Regional Council could do more by making it illegal for trucks to pass through that area.

He said Ms Livermore had spoken with Cr Tony Williams about the problem after locals approached her.

An Australia Post representative said they took the residents' concerns seriously and would continue to meet with residents.



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