Cottesloe Post Office staff to be present after hours for Chrismas parcels

Cottesloe postal service officer Sharyn Lake will be serving during extended Christmas hours.  Picture: Jon Bassett.
Cottesloe postal service officer Sharyn Lake will be serving during extended Christmas hours. Picture: Jon Bassett.

THERE will be more time to post Christmas presents after Cottesloe Post Office announced extended trading hours this week.

“This will be great for people who don’t have much time to get to the post office after work, and they can also shop for presents using our range that includes books, toys and electronics,” postal service office Sharyn Lake said,

Cottesloe is one of 170 post offices across Australia selected to be open 9am to 7pm weekdays and 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays until December 21.

There will also be extended access to the branch’s parcel hatch between 6am and 9am on weekdays until that date.

Australia Post said Cottesloe shoppers were increasingly using online shopping, with purchase rising 12 per cent in 2017, and their parcels’ deliveries demanded longer service hours in the festive season.

“Locals are big buyers of fashion, with purchases rising 18 per cent, and women’s fashion is particularly popular,” an Australia Post spokesman said.

However, the increases in internet-purchased parcels also place demands on the post office’s three staff.

Ms Lake said those who are posting presents should seek advice from the staff on which is the best packaging to use, and it was often cheaper to used a pre-paid satchel.

“People often come in with something like a picture frame with glass, and just want to put it in a bag,” she said.