Mail bag: Consumers split on postage rate rise.
Mail bag: Consumers split on postage rate rise.

Tweed's take on postage rate rise

AUSTRALIA Post's decision to increase basic postage rates by five cents was met with both outrage and acceptance by Tweed residents yesterday.

We asked shoppers at Tweed City Shopping Centre their reaction and found respondents were divided over the organisation's move to bump up the price from 55c to 60c next Monday.

Michael Piatek, 44, from Tweed South said the price hike would have little impact on him despite being a regular user of the snail mail service.

“It doesn't bother me and I send a lot of letters, about 100 a month; more than the average person,” he said.

Madeline Mitchell, 72, visiting the area from South Australia, said she also wasn't fazed by the price rise.

“I still think it is good value for money,” she said.

But Kingscliff resident and aged care worker Monique Fletcher said the decision was totally unfair, especially for seniors.

“I think it is ridiculous. I work in community service, so it will impact the elderly who only use the post,” she said.

“How will they be able to afford it?”

Her sentiments were also echoed by 82 year-old pensioner Daphne Dudgeon from South Tweed.

“They only went up to 55 cents recently. It's awful. They're robbing us every time we turn around,” she said.

But Australia Post spokesperson Scott McIntyre said the increase represented only the third price rise in 18 years.

He said it was less than two years since the last increase, which saw stamps rise from 50c to 55c back in September, 2008.

“We understand that it might take some time for our customers to adjust to the new rate, but we are providing options to minimise any inconveniences felt,” he said.

“People can continue to use 55c stamps in combination with 5c stamps or they may purchase new 60c stamps.”

Five cent stamps will be available for the first time in a self-adhesive booklet of 20 to assist customers in making the transition to the new rate.

The increase was not objected to by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, nor by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy.

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