Australia Post has made sweeping changes to its domestic mail business last month.MONIQUE FREER April 2, 2014 4:10am
Residents in Benalla and district will need to allow an extra day for the delivery of postal mail outside the area after Australia Post made sweeping changes to its domestic mail business last month.
The change is a double blow for residents still embracing postal mail, after the basic postage rate rose from 60¢ to 70¢ this week.
Australia Post said both changes were made in response to rapidly declining mail volumes and an annual loss in the domestic mail business of $218.4
‘‘This means that some towns will have their service adjusted, with non-local mail between metro and regional areas taking two days to reach its destination,’’ an Australia Post spokesperson said.
‘‘We appreciate the impact this may have on some residents in these areas. However, losses in our domestic mail business have grown by almost 60 per cent to $218.4
Mail was previously sorted at five regional centres including Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Seymour and Gippsland.
A second effort to reduce the company’s financial loss came into effect on Monday, with the increase to the basic postal price.
‘‘The current stamp price no longer reflects the true cost of delivering each letter, and stamp price increases have not kept up with inflation,’’ Australia Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour said.
‘‘We are always reluctant to increase the price of postage but we know that it’s absolutely necessary to maintain essential services and support our critical retail network of more than 4400 outlets.’’
Mr Fahour said a concession rate stamp would be introduced to offset the price increase for eligible customers.
‘‘We are very mindful of the potential cost-of-living impact this increase might have on Australians — particularly pensioners, job-seekers and low-income earners,’’ he said.
‘‘The 60¢ rate would be held until 2017, in effect maintaining the stamp price at the same cost for seven years for those 5.7
A newly completed rail trail through a wildlife haven near Murchison is proving popular with the region's cyclists, walkers and horseriders.
Perfect weather forecasted this weekend will please the many boating enthusiasts registered for the inaugural Lake Mulwala Boat Muster to be held on Saturday.
A dairy cow has died from the disease anthrax in the Tatura region.
Campaspe Shire still does not have an alternative to the Moama slipway more than two years after obtaining permits to build a dry dock at the Port of Echuca.
There was a sentence doing the rounds at the weekend’s Great Northern Show.
Vic Govt issues alert after dairy cow death in Tatura
Two local teenagers have formally apologised to the Finley community for destroying 14 trees in Finley's Railway Park.
St Mary’s Catholic Church in Heathcote has undergone extensive roof repairs due to increasing water damage.
Cobram and District Toy Library secretary Liz Stronge said she was ‘‘really happy’’ with the turnout of more than 100 people to the 25th birthday Playfest at Mivo Park on Saturday.
Strong swimmers off to Riverina carnival.
Bargain hunters were out in force at Tatura last week.
Betty Summer walks 6 kms in a round trip, three times a week to go to the gym. She hates people asking her age, but couldn't keep it secret when she hit the big nine-oh.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.