Australia Post removes post boxes in Canning

Canning councillor Jesse Jacobs with the Campbell Street post box in East Cannington, which was slated for removal. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Canning councillor Jesse Jacobs with the Campbell Street post box in East Cannington, which was slated for removal. Picture: Jon Hewson.

THREE street post boxes are earmarked for removal from the City of Canning’s Mason ward, sparking concern from councillor Jesse Jacobs.

Cr Jacobs, who represents the Mason ward on council, noticed a sign tacked onto the Campbell Street post box in East Cannington – across the road from a recently approved $12 million development- which read the box would be removed July 10 due to low volume and community consultation.

A Queens Park post box also faces imminent removal, and Cr Jacobs said he knew of another near the old Cannington Train Station.

Australia Post told the Canning Times that to be financially viable, post boxes must get an average of 25 articles a day.

In the past decade, the number of boxes has changed by four percent and is 15,217 nationally.

Swan MHR Steve Irons agreed that the Campbell Street decision should be reviewed in light of the coming development.

He said Australia Post had been consulting with the community on the future of a small number of street post boxes over the last couple of months.

“I am happy to support Cr Jacobs in his petition,” Mr Irons said.

“Australia Post should consider reactivating the Campbell Street post box pending a submission from the City of Canning on their future development plans in the area.”

Community consultation by Australia Post involved notification to the local politician and signs on the affected street post boxes for at least 30 days to give the community a chance to have their say regarding the proposed changes.

Cr Jacobs said he knew of 13 boxes earmarked for removal across several southern suburbs while recently, Brand MHR Madeline King and her local community successfully fought to retain a post box in Baldivis.

A spokesman for Australia Post said there was no program to remove boxes, but the needs of the communities were constantly being monitored.

“If customers have enquiries about their mail delivery we encourage them to log an enquiry at auspost.com.au/help or call 13 POST,” he said.