Post office closed
AIRLIE Beach Post Office closed suddenly on Tuesday afternoon – and has not re-opened.
Three staff members have been affected by the closure including two casual staff who have been left without work. They were given no warning of the closure or their loss of jobs.
The post office closed after Australia Post withdrew the licensee’s authority after they went into voluntary administration.
SV Partners Pty Ltd is now acting as the administrators for Teela Pty Ltd, who operate the Airlie Beach Post Office and NewsXpress Airlie Beach.
SV Partners Senior manager, Nathan Mills, said the company was still negotiating with Australia Post to have it re-opened in its current location.
"We will have the outcome of that early next week," he said.
A spokesperson for Australia Post, Josh Zugajev confirmed that the post office may re-open at NewsXpress Airlie Beach but said Australia Post would be calling for expressions of interest from people wishing to operate a post office in Airlie Beach.
Australia Post is anticipating a temporary closure but could not confirm how long Airlie would be without a post office.
Airlie Beach Post Office box holders were notified about the closure with a letter in their post boxes yesterday morning.
Mr Zugajev said arrangements had been made for customers to pick up their mail at Cannonvale Post Office following the closure.
He said Airlie Beach Post Office box holders could collect their mail over the counter at Cannonvale and that Australia Post would also try to set up post office boxes at Cannonvale so customers could access mail after hours.