Wunghnu Post Office closed

By Cobram Courier

Wunghnu residents will have to make a trip to Numurkah if they want to post a letter in the near future.

The Wunghnu Post Office, inside Wunghnu General Store on Goulburn Valley Hwy, closed suddenly without notice on Friday.

Residents claim they were left in the dark, not notified of the decision until after the closure.

In a letter dated Friday, May 11, Australia Post addressed the changes to postal services in the area.

‘‘Regrettably, due to unexpected circumstances the Wunghnu Post Office was required to close at short notice,’’ the letter read.

‘‘While Australia Post is committed to retaining postal services in the Wunghnu community, unfortunately at this time there are no alternative suitable premises to operate the post office from.’’

Remaining mail has been transferred to Numurkah Post Office, meaning residents have to make the 10-minute drive to the neighbouring town.

Following the closure, a number of disgruntled locals have conveyed their frustration with the action.

A Wunghnu resident, who wished to remain anonymous, was concerned for the town’s ageing population.

‘‘It is a huge inconvenience for the ageing population who are now going to be forced to travel to Numurkah,’’ the resident said.

Wunghnu General Store owner Darryl O’Connor confirmed the post office was closed last Friday, but was unable to confirm the circumstances behind the decision.

‘‘We are devastated Australia Post closed the post office on Friday,’’ he said.

‘‘We are endeavouring to check all avenues.

‘‘We have done eight years and it’s shattering, it is most disappointing for the town.’’

An Australia Post media spokesperson said the closure was only an interim arrangement and the community would be notified once an alternative solution was put in place.

‘‘We will keep the community informed of our progress as we look for a permanent solution,’’ she said.