Article from Adelaidenow 10 May 2023
Australia Post have confirmed they will close their store in Adelaide’s largest mall, after receiving a vacate message from their landlord.
A southern community has been left reeling after Australia Post announced they were closing a major store.
An Australia Post spokesman confirmed to the Advertiser on Wednesday they will close the Oaklands Park post office, located in Westfield Marion.
“Australia Post has made the difficult decision to close the Oaklands Park Post Shop from June 30 this year, following a notice to vacate from the property landlord,” said the spokesman.
“The surrounding area is well-serviced, with seven other post offices within a three-kilometre radius. Australia Post is working closely with post office team members to ensure they are offered suitable roles at nearby outlets.
“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming them at one of our other nearby outlets.”
The news has left the local community speechless, with Member for Gibson Sarah Andrews displaying her concern for the closure.
“Australia Post provides many essential services to the community and local business, including parcel delivery, identity services and banking,” she wrote in a letter to the Minister for Communications.
“With the decline in the use of cash I am advised that the post office is one of the few places that those who rely on cash are able to pay their bills.
“The central location of this post shop makes it a hub for many. Particularly those who must utilise public transport. With the Marion Bus interchange and the Oaklands Train Station close by, this post office’s location within Westfield Marion makes it convenient and accessible.
“It will be a substantial loss to the community and local businesses.”
Local residents have voiced their concerns, with some going as far as calling the decision “moronic”.
“It’s such a busy post office, I can’t understand this decision at all,” one Facebook user wrote.
Current PO box holders have also been notified of the closure date.
'Oaklands Park Post office to close end of June' by Emily Jarvis originally seen in Adelaidenow 10 May 2023. Picture Marion Post Office. Mark Brake. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.