Plea for post office on Southside
A BUSINESSMAN who recently expanded his newsagency network to Gympie has questioned why the fast-growing suburb of Southside has no post office or even a sub-agency to provide billing and mailing services - especially for the many older people in the area.
Paul Finch is the owner of Southside's first newsagent, South Side News, conveniently located at the new shopping centre.
He said the majority of people who came into his store were elderly and most mentioned having difficulty getting to Gympie's only post office at the end of Mary St known as Fiveways.
Mr Finch reckons older people deserve to be heard, so he started a petition in an effort to get Australia Post to listen.
"It's impossible for many older people to get to the other side of town, find a park and wait in line just to pay a bill," he said. "That's all they want."
An easier way for older and often frail members of the community to run their errands independently is what the petition is asking of Australia Post.
Just as Southside Town Centre has done for the suburb's growing population - providing easier access to necessities such as groceries and pharmaceutical products - the Gympie regional community is asking the government-owned postal corporation to consider its oldies.
"I would gladly put a sub agency in here," Mr Finch said of his newsagency.
"Gympie is a big enough town to support two post offices, or at least one-and-a-half, if they'd let me put one in. It appears to be the will of Australia Post not to allow one on the site."
More than 100 signatures have been collected and Mr Finch encourages anyone in favour of an additional post office in Gympie to sign the petition when they visit any of the stores.
The petition is available for signing at Gympie South Kebabs and Carvery and Malouf Pharmacy, but all businesses at the complex are in support of a post office.
Most think it makes sense to have another post office in order to better service Gympie's rapidly growing population. All it seems, except Australia Post.
Mr Finch said they rejected an offer from the shopping centre's builder on the grounds that it would detract from the Mary St store.
He has offered up part of his store as a sub-agency, but Australia Post declined the offer.
"I'm just trying to help the people of Southside," he said.