Tumbulgum P.O. debacle

MYSTERY surrounds the operation of the Tumbulgum Post Office, with town residents confused as to whether it has shut down or is still open.

Australia Post has confirmed it is open and they are doing everything possible to fix the situation.

Residents are furious that their postal and newsagency services have been affected because of what they see as a spat between a landlord and tenant.

The town is divided over who is at fault.

Calls from irate residents to the Daily News yesterday said the postal agency which had been operating out of a former cafe and art gallery on Riverside Rd had closed.

The Tweed Shire Council in early May ordered that the postal and newsagency business stop operating from the address.

Yesterday the Australia Post signage was removed from the store and the newsagency services were moved to the Bilambil Post Office.

But a trip to Tumbulgum yesterday by the Daily News found the post office open - if you knew where to find it.

Mr Schieb was at the post office yes- terday and said that it was continuing to operate but he would not comment further.

Joe Hoctor, the owner of the Tumbulgum Ferryside Store which used to house the post office agency and the newsagency, said he had been in talks with Australia Post's post office broker to find out what a suitable price would be to offer to Mr and Mrs Schieb.

"We are keen to have the post office and newsagency back," Mr Hoctor said.

An Australia Post spokeswoman, Sheridan Beattie, said yesterday that the post office opened late yesterday and they apologised to customers if this caused any inconvenience.

She said Australia Post was continuing to work with the local licensees to ensure that residents could access their mail as normal for the time being.

"In the long term, we are committed to ensuring that a mail delivery service is maintained for Tumbulgum," Ms Beattie said.

Australia Post representatives are also expected to visit Tumbulgum tomorrow to assess the situation and to come up with a way forward for all the parties involved.

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