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Brooms Head residents Judy McDermott (left) and Margaret Sheehan had gathered more than three pages of petition signatures from Brooms Head residents when this photograph was taken. Image: Contributed

Residents gather petition to regain postal service

When the Brooms Head shop closed its doors recently, it meant that the village no longer had a mail service.

People in Brooms Head have long collected their mail from an Australia Post agency at the shop.

This posed a problem for the many elderly residents who reside there, particularly those who could not make the 24km drive to Maclean Post Office.

Alerting the Independent to the residents’ plight, a resident wrote in an email: “A majority of the residents are elderly and/or immobile; and unable to travel to Maclean.

“They rely on delivery services and friends to obtain food and other items.”

Meanwhile, two residents, Judy McDermott and Margaret Sheehan, have collected over 100 signatures (at the time of writing) for a petition to alert Australia Post of the problem.

The petition states: “The following residents of Brooms Head strenuously object to Australia Post’s intention to cease mail delivery to Brooms Head.

“It is either impossible or impractical for many elderly to access mail in Maclean – a delivery service to each dwelling would alleviate this problem and bring us into the times in which we live.”

Judy McDermott said most “people would be happy if the mail came two or three times a week to our letterboxes”.

Australia Post responded to the Independent’s enquiry with the following emailed statement: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Brooms Head Post Office permanently ceased operating on Friday 5 June.

“Australia Post is committed to maintaining a presence in Brooms Head and we are actively exploring all possible options to allow continued postal services for the community.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this closure has caused and will keep the community updated.”