Coraki mail contractor Norma Thomas outside the Coraki Post Office, which failed to stock her special commemorative stamp.
Coraki mail contractor Norma Thomas outside the Coraki Post Office, which failed to stock her special commemorative stamp. Jacklyn Wagner

Coraki stamp not for sale

YESTERDAY was supposed to be Coraki mail contractor Norma Thomas' big day - the official release of her very own stamp in recognition for her contribution to Australia Post.

Yet her employer, the Coraki Post Office, would neither stock the stamp nor celebrate the local coup.

A colourful Coraki identity and ex-councillor, Mrs Thomas was one of only 10 Australia Post workers celebrated in a special release of stamps that commemorated 200 years of postal service in Australia.

Coraki Post Office management refused to comment on rumours it would not stock Mrs Thomas' stamp because customers had threatened to boycott the post office if it did.

“I don't believe that post office management didn't know anything about my stamp release today,” Ms Thomas said.

“They could have ordered some in like Woodburn did.

“They were given posters with my face on it by Australia Post. The Northern Star had announced it, everybody in town knew about it.”

Mrs Thomas said she was 'disappointed' her employer did not join her and her fellow mail contractors in celebrating the stamp's release.

“We had a very low-key celebration of lemonade and cake outside the post office. We wouldn't even dare go inside the post office to celebrate,” Mrs Thomas said. “That was just not on.”

The postmaster at nearby Woodburn said he preferred to stay out of any dispute between Mrs Thomas and her employer, but confirmed his post office had sold more than $180 worth of Mrs Thomas' stamp, most of which were bought by Coraki residents unable to buy the stamps in their own town.

Mrs Thomas said she was 'honoured, even humbled' by the recognition of 27 years of postal work and community service.

The Lismore CBD and Wyrallah Road post offices are also selling Mrs Thomas' stamp.

Australia Post said the stamp issue featuring Mrs Thomas would be available for sale at Coraki Post Office in the next two days.



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