Post office rebuild shortfall
IT WILL be an anxious wait for Rock Valley residents over the next few weeks hoping a development application to build a new post office is approved by Lismore City Council.
The community's tiny timber post office, which had competed for the title of Australia's smallest, was destroyed by fire in suspicious circumstances on the night of September 29.
The residents of the village near Goolmangar rallied and raised $25,000 to rebuild the post office.
Rock Valley Community Hall committee member Gordon Dooner said the money raised combined with the $25,000 which the post office was insured for still left a $10,000 shortfall to cover the rebuild which was estimated to cost at least $60,000.
He said the community was hoping to have the development application approved and the new post office built by March.
"We are waiting on the development application but from all reports it has had a tick in every box so far except one," he said.
"We are about $15,000 to $20,000 short for the rebuild.
"We want to keep a little bit in reserve for maintenance on the hall but if we could get another $20,000 it would be all go."
After getting three quotes on the cost of the rebuild, Mr Dooner said a ballpark figure was about $62,000.
Mr Dooner said the current plan was to rebuild a 3.6m by 3.6m timber post office, very similar to the one lost in the blaze, so postmaster Vicky Morton could move out of her temporary premises at the Rock Valley Community Hall.
A council spokeswoman said council planners were working to get the development application approved as soon as possible.
Summerland Credit Union, Rock Valley Hall Inc., BSB: 728 728, Account number: 2228 7908
Alternatively donations can be made at the temporary Rock Valley Post Office in the Rock Valley Community Hall.