Wunghnu post office closure

May 17, 2018

Wunghnu Post Office was closed suddenly last Friday.

Wunghnu residents will have to make a trip to Numurkah if they want to post a letter in the near future.

The Wunghnu Post Office, which was housed inside Wunghnu General Store on Goulburn Valley Hwy, was closed suddenly without notice last Friday.

Residents claim they were left in the dark because they weren’t informed about the decision until after the closure.

In a letter dated Friday, May11, Australia Post addressed the changes to postal services in the area.

‘‘Regrettably, due to unexpected circumstances the Wunghnu Post Office was required to close at short notice,’’ the letter reads.

‘‘While Australia Post is committed to retaining postal services in the Wunghnu community, unfortunately at this time there are no alternative suitable premises to operate the post office from.’’

Remaining mail has been transferred to Numurkah Post Office, meaning residents have to make the 10-minute drive to the neighbouring town.

Following the closure, a number of disgruntled locals have conveyed their frustration with the action.

A Wunghnu resident, who wished to remain anonymous, stressed his concern for the town’s ageing population.

‘‘It is a huge inconvenience for the ageing population who are now going to be forced to travel to Numurkah,’’ the resident said.

‘‘The community have lost their post office ... the owners are responsible to provide this service to the community.

‘‘If the owners have breached their agreement with Australia Post they should be made to explain.’’

Wunghnu General Store owner Darryl O’Connor confirmed the post office was closed last Friday, but was unable to confirm the circumstances behind the decision.

‘‘We are devastated Australia Post closed the post office on Friday,’’ he said.

‘‘We are endeavouring to check all avenues.

‘‘We have done eight years and it’s shattering, it is most disappointing for the town.’’

An Australia Post media spokesperson said the closure was only an interim arrangement, and the community would be notified once an alternative solution was put in place.

‘‘We will keep the community informed of our progress as we look for a permanent solution,’’ she said.

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