Parcels locked in

NORTH PERTH post office has closed suddenly without any explanation, leaving a bunch of parcels locked inside the building.

Australia Post aren’t saying why the post office shut down on Friday March 1, but it changed hands two years ago and there had been several complaints about customer service in the months leading up to its closure.

The North Perth post office was run by a private operator under the Australia Post banner.

A sign was spotted on the door this week saying “due to unforeseen circumstances, the North Perth Post Office ceased trading at short notice on Friday 1 March 2019”.

It said PO box mail arriving after March 1 can be collected from the Mount Lawley Post Office.

Parcels are being redirected to the Osborne Park business hub on Collingwood Street–a 7km stroll away–but some parcels were still locked inside, and Australia Post tells us “items carded before 1 March are safely secured in the North Perth Post Office and we are working closely with authorities to gain access. We will provide updates to customers on how and when to collect their items as soon as details are confirmed”.

Australia Post says they’re working to “restore services”. In the meantime, if a customer wants to relocate their PO box, they’re offering them a free six-month redirection to the new address.

One Voice reader told us they’d only just paid for a year-long PO box.

We’ve been asked if the post office closure was because of works on the nearby North Perth Common town square, but Vincent mayor Emma Cole says they’ve had no complaints about it and that access to the post office has been kept clear.

by DAVID BELL

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