Future of Express Post services in Launceston
Tuesday 19 February 2013
Launceston Alderman Rob Soward has created an online petition to allow people to have their say regarding the potential withdrawal of interstate express mail services from Launceston.
You can sign the online petition here.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten has expressed his extreme disappointment that Australia Post is considering dropping Launceston's guaranteed next day postal service for interstate
"The issue of connectivity to major markets on the mainland is critical to Launceston and to Northern Tasmania," Mayor van Zetten said.
"This is a major issue for the Launceston City Council and one which we will be contesting aggressively.
"Launceston seeks to market itself as a lifestyle destination where people can live and enjoy an unparalleled lifestyle while still maintaining good connectivity back to national markets through technology. But this also involves services like Australia Post getting material to and from Launceston.
"This is a major setback.
"We are aware that other regional centres, such as Ballarat and Bendigo, which are significantly smaller regional centres than Launceston, have an express post service.
"We are making inquiries as to why this decision is being taken and we will be leaving no stone unturned in terms of trying to reverse the decision.
"Clearly, even by the comments Australia Post representatives have made, there is significant demand for this service.
"As we speak, the National Broadband Network is being rolled out in Launceston, which will ultimately give our retailers the opportunity to conduct even more business online.
"However, not being able to offer an express postage service to interstate addresses will put us at a real disadvantage.
"Not to mention the huge amount of businesses that regularly use this service to communicate with representatives, clients and head offices in other states."