A glimmer of hope has been offered for the long-running saga of the closed Manly Post Office.

The Australia Post Office at Central Avenue, Manly, was ‘temporarily closed’ from Friday, 18 March, after flooding affected the building ten days prior. With no clear timetable on when it would reopen, residents and businesses at Manly have expressed frustration at having to travel as far as Oaks Avenue, Dee Why, to pick up mail.

Member for Manly and NSW Environment Minister James Griffin announced yesterday morning (Thursday, 30 June) that partial service will be restored at the Australia Post Office at Manly from mid-July, with post office box (PO Box) and parcel pickup to resume operation.

James Griffin

James Griffin

“I am delighted that the Post Office ‘back of house’ service will resume on Tuesday, 12 July. This means that post office box holders will no longer have to travel to Dee Why to collect their mail and will be able to use their post office boxes at Manly again.

“I would like to thank Australia Post for their efforts in getting the Post Office back up and running for the people of Manly. This really highlights the importance of having a Post Office in the Manly CBD. I appreciate their response to my advocacy on behalf of local residents and businesses,” said Minister Griffin.

Australia Post has advised the Northern Beaches Advocate that the delay in fully reopening the Manly Post Office was caused by the extent of damage from the flooding incident nearly four months ago. It is understood significant remediation works have been undertaken to ensure staff and customer safety. The concrete slab was damaged and needed to be replaced, and cold, wet weather hampered the new slab from properly drying.

“We’ve had dehumidifiers and heaters in there to help try and speed up the process to dry the slab. The good news is the slab has been assessed and will be dry enough for us to get in there and fit out the store. At the end of next week, we can commence those works,” said the spokesperson.

Australia Post confirmed they are in ongoing discussions with local businesses to offer over the counter services such as Bill Pay and expect these will be finalised in the coming weeks.

“Australia Post is pleased to announce we are re-opening parcel pick up and PO Box services at the Manly Post Office on Tuesday, 12 July. We continue to investigate options to provide over the counter services such as Bill Pay facilities and apologise for the delay in restoring services to our Manly community,” said the spokesperson.

Enquiries for help or support with Australia Post services can be made via their website.

Image: Northern Beaches Advocate

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