The historic Wardell post office, built in the mid 1920s, closed this week and postal services have moved to a shop in Richmond Street after the former licensee’s agreement with Australia Post ceased.
The historic Wardell post office, built in the mid 1920s, closed this week and postal services have moved to a shop in Richmond Street after the former licensee’s agreement with Australia Post ceased.

Change of address for post office

THE historic post office at Wardell is no longer.

The last stamp was sold at the Bridge Street post office, which opened in 1927, on Wednesday this week when the licensee Julieanne Elliott’s agreement with Australia Post ceased.

The closure of the post office came without notice to residents in the village which doesn’t have home deliveries.

A notice was put up on the front door of the building sometime on Wednesday alerting residents to the closure, but some say it wasn’t there when they visited the post office during the day.

To several residents, who didn’t want to be identified, the cessation of the former licensee’s agreement didn’t come as a shock, with claims the service wasn’t great.

A spokesperson for Australia Post didn’t go into details about why the license agreement was terminated, and Ms Elliott was unavailable for comment, but it is believed she was very disappointed with Australia Post’s decision.

However, the mail must still get through.

The postal services have now moved into a shop at 4/40 Richmond Street in the village’s centre.

Post office box-holders will be affected by the closure of the post office as mail can only be collected from the shop during business hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

However, the Australia Post spokesperson said arrangements were currently being finalised to install post office boxes at the new location.

Post office box-holders have received a letter advising them that their post box number won’t change.

The spokesperson said Australia Post wouldn’t be moving back into the historic building in the foreseeable future as it was owned by the former licensee.

Some residents said it was a shame the historic post office was now no longer the place to collect mail and send letters.

Australia Post apologised for any inconvenience. Residents concerned about their mail can phone the network office on 6648 7279.



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