Kate Carr in the Inner West Courier today (12 January 2011) reported:

Federal Labor Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has bowed to growing pressure to intervene to save Glebe Post Office and has asked Australia Post to reconsider its decision to close the facility.

The closure, which is slated for February, has sparked outrage among Glebe residents who have formed a citizens’ action group to oppose the move.

A spokeswoman for Mr Conroy told the Courier he was aware of the community concerns about the closure and had received letters from Federal Labor Sydney MP Tanya Plibersek as well as State Labor Balmain MP Verity Firth on the issue.

“In light of the issues raised, the Minister has asked that Australia Post give further consideration to the impact the proposed closure will have on residents,” the spokeswoman said.

Sydney Federal Labor MP Tanya Plibersek wrote to Mr Conroy on January 5 urging him to keep Glebe Post Office open.

In her letter Ms Plibersek said the planned closure had caused “considerable local concern”.

She said the closure would have a detrimental impact on the many elderly residents in Glebe who relied on the post office to pay their bills.

Ms Plibersek is the second high profile Labor MP to speak out against the planned closure.

Balmain State Labor MP Verity Firth announced in December she would be launching a campaign to keep the post office open.


While this is a welcome development, the Glebe Society encourages members to continue to make representations against the closure to Australia Post and political leaders.

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