QCWA women come to Bluff PO rescue

Val Vesey and Bev Richardson work hard to fill the post office boxes with mail for Bluff residents.
Val Vesey and Bev Richardson work hard to fill the post office boxes with mail for Bluff residents.

AFTER closing its doors a couple of weeks ago and ruffling feathers among the town's community, the Bluff Post Office is back up and running thanks to volunteers from the Queensland Country Women's Association.

Volunteer Val Vesey said the women were playing postie in Bluff because of the strong community need for the service that had been there "forever".

"We decided at our last CWA meeting we would do it. We saw there was a community need," Mrs Vesey said.

With six members, the group was working together to get the post office back on its feet, establishing a new location at the CWA Hall on Church St and operating from 9-11am Monday to Friday.

"We've had lots of positive feedback so far," Mrs Vesey said. "I'm proud to be doing it and it's been lovely to have heaps of offers from people in town to help out."

She said she hoped the transition would be as smooth as possible.

"For the people who previously had a post office box, Australia Post has said they'll have the same number when they're installed here," Mrs Vesey said.

She said there had already been challenges, but locals were being patient as the QCWA team learnt the ropes.

Australia Post's Karen Horn said she was pleased to confirm a community postal agency had been established in Bluff.

She said Australia Post was making arrangements for 200 post office boxes to be available at the new location but, until then, customers could still have their mail redirected to the Blackwater licensed post office.

"Redirections will be provided free of charge for these customers until arrangements for a post office box in Bluff can be made," she said.

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