DAYS of collecting mail for Airlie Beach post box holders from Cannonvale are numbered.
Renter of a post office box at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre Graham Mazlin was one of the original Airlie Beach PO box holders before the actual boxes moved from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale nine years ago.
The director of the Leader Group said the relocation was an "affront” to all businesses with Airlie Beach PO boxes and the decision "defies belief”.
Postal manager at Cannonvale Post Office Kasey Hay, in a letter dropped into the boxes of all affected PO box holders, offered an opportunity for box holders to remain in Cannonvale but the box number would change.
"Understandably this will not suit all out PO box customers. However if you choose to retain your Cannonvale PO box service you will be required to complete a change of address,” she wrote.
Mr Mazlin said this was not an option for his company.
"We have in excess of 1000 clients who all have current addresses with the ATO in addition to associated professionals and contacts that have built up in our practice over 23 years since our firm relocated from Proserpine to Airlie Beach,” he said.
"We cannot fathom why these changes are being made and obviously it is a decision made by Australia Post with little regard to the businesses who pay significant sums to that organisation.”
Ms Hay told the Whitsunday Times the decision to shift Airlie Beach PO boxes had been a directive from "head office”.
Mr Mazlin said the move of the PO boxes form Airlie Beach led to a boom in Cannonvale and the move was likely to adversely affect business operation in the Whitsunday Shopping Centre.
Joe Hawks is another Airlie Beach PO box holders who strongly object to the move.
The recipient of the old age pension from a hospital bed in Mackay told the Whitsunday Times he does not drive and relies on the kindness of friends who regularly collect his mail.
"I don't drive any more and I would have to get a cab to collect the mail. It would cost me $50 or $60 to get the mail... if I had any,” he said.
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