Australia Post’s decision to close Glenroy Post Office has sparked outrage in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, with local political leaders posting angry objections on Facebook.
“I’m bitterly disappointed at the decision by Australia Post to close its Glenroy Post Office. So many people in our community rely on this post office for basic services like the paying of bills,” said Local state MLC Evan Mulholland.
“I’m calling on Australia Post to reverse their decision and for the Federal Labor Government to intervene to stop it closing.”
On the other hand, Peter Khalil the local federal Labor MP said that decision to close the Glenroy Post Office has come as a shock to him and the residents of Glenroy, promising to l advocate for the reversal of this decision.
Angelica Panopoulos Merri-bek Mayor said in a video post that this is shocking news for so many of those who know the Post Office to be a vital community asset.
“I’m so furious about Australia Post’s decision to close the Glenroy Post Office. Communities need access to services, especially communities like ours with higher than average people with a disability and people over 80 as well as lower than average internet connection, income and car ownership. It is such a bad decision, I’ll be doing everything I can to see it reversed,” said Kathleen Matthews-Ward, state Labor Member for Broadmeadows.
ACP Research Director Robert Barwick said that there was a clear solution to the problem of maintaining essential postal services—establishing a national Post Office People’s Bank.
“Postal services and banking services are both essential services”, he said.
According to Barwick this would be a face-to-face refuge from digital dangers and would guarantee cash access and payments.
“It wouldn’t discriminate by de-banking any customers; and it would put service before profit.”
“Glenroy and Australia need this solution now,” he added.
Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.
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