Glebe Post Office Rally

(Glebe Post Office)

Thank you, Robyn Kemmis. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land.

And I acknowledge the other speakers here today, all of us determined to see that this historic building continues to serve the people of Glebe, as it has since it was designed by the Colonial Architect, James Barnet, 120 years ago.

In all that time, it has remained one of the chief anchors of Glebe Point Road, a focal point not only by virtue of its architecture but as a true village centre.

It is somewhere the diverse population of this special City village can meet and mingle. It provides essential services for the many residents and particularly those who are elderly, or those who need to pay their bills without computers or credit cards.

It supports the diverse range of local businesses and is a feature of Glebe Point Road, not just another shopping mall.

Our Plan Sustainable Sydney 2030 - understands that business hubs, with post offices, newsagents and other services - are the building blocks of a thriving village centre.

The work we did along Glebe Point Road, in time for the suburb's 150th anniversary in 2009, underlined our commitment to maintaining and supporting strong local communities.

Australia Post claims falling customer numbers are the reason for closing this vital asset. But a recent study by the consulting firm Taktics4 indicated that the Post Office is a key tenant in Glebe village, and its loss would have a major detrimental impact on other local businesses.

Post offices also play an important role helping small and medium enterprises to take part in the economy. Increasingly, artists, designers and other creative people are using the internet to sell their wares to the world. A conveniently located post office is essential for the survival and growth of these small and micro-enterprises. Glebe is already host to a creative community and Government should be supporting and encouraging these initiatives - not closing a key link to their potential customers throughout Australia and overseas.

I would like to congratulate Glebe residents on taking on Australia Post not wanting to take responsibility for their purpose built, historic building stock eg Redfern historic building sold. Post Office in rented shop front - no community obligations - and fighting to keep this important historical community asset - an important part of your village!

Perhaps if Australia Post provided services people really want and need, instead of filling their outlets with trashy gifts and fluffy toys, their patronage would improve!

I have written to Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, opposing the closure and he has asked Australia Post to "review" its decision.

I've also written to the Australia Post chairman, David Mortimer, expressing the City's strong opposition to the closure. I pointed out that the corporation met with the Woollahra business community over the proposal to close their local post office and have asked that Australia Post meet with Council and Glebe business representatives to discuss options for here.

I urge anyone who hasn't yet signed a petition or written to either the Government or Australia Post to do so now.Thank you, Robyn Kemmis. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land.

And I acknowledge the other speakers here today, all of us determined to see that this historic building continues to serve the people of Glebe, as it has since it was designed by the Colonial Architect, James Barnet, 120 years ago.

In all that time, it has remained one of the chief anchors of Glebe Point Road, a focal point not only by virtue of its architecture but as a true village centre.

It is somewhere the diverse population of this special City village can meet and mingle. It provides essential services for the many residents and particularly those who are elderly, or those who need to pay their bills without computers or credit cards.

It supports the diverse range of local businesses and is a feature of Glebe Point Road, not just another shopping mall.

Our Plan Sustainable Sydney 2030 - understands that business hubs, with post offices, newsagents and other services - are the building blocks of a thriving village centre.

The work we did along Glebe Point Road, in time for the suburb's 150th anniversary in 2009, underlined our commitment to maintaining and supporting strong local communities.

Australia Post claims falling customer numbers are the reason for closing this vital asset. But a recent study by the consulting firm Taktics4 indicated that the Post Office is a key tenant in Glebe village, and its loss would have a major detrimental impact on other local businesses.

Post offices also play an important role helping small and medium enterprises to take part in the economy. Increasingly, artists, designers and other creative people are using the internet to sell their wares to the world. A conveniently located post office is essential for the survival and growth of these small and micro-enterprises. Glebe is already host to a creative community and Government should be supporting and encouraging these initiatives - not closing a key link to their potential customers throughout Australia and overseas.

I would like to congratulate Glebe residents on taking on Australia Post not wanting to take responsibility for their purpose built, historic building stock eg Redfern historic building sold. Post Office in rented shop front - no community obligations - and fighting to keep this important historical community asset - an important part of your village!

Perhaps if Australia Post provided services people really want and need, instead of filling their outlets with trashy gifts and fluffy toys, their patronage would improve!

I have written to Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, opposing the closure and he has asked Australia Post to "review" its decision.

I've also written to the Australia Post chairman, David Mortimer, expressing the City's strong opposition to the closure. I pointed out that the corporation met with the Woollahra business community over the proposal to close their local post office and have asked that Australia Post meet with Council and Glebe business representatives to discuss options for here.

I urge anyone who hasn't yet signed a petition or written to either the Government or Australia Post to do so now.