Goodna Post Office staff members Merinda Antcliff,
Annie Roberts, Tim Ford and Sybil Hill in the redeveloped store.
AUSTRALIA Post is back in action at Goodna, with the flood damaged post office at St Ives Shopping Centre reopened for business this week.
The post office, one of dozens of shops and businesses destroyed in January, received a new fit-out and a new suite of private post office boxes for its loyal customers.
Australia Post spokeswoman Melanie Ward said residents would enjoy full postal services after a long wait.
“Our people have gone to an enormous effort to ensure the Goodna community continued to receive their mail whilst we were repairing the post office,” Ms Ward said.
“We would also like to thank Goodna residents for their patience, support and goodwill during this time.”
Goodna residents have been rewarded for a great deal of patience in the last week, with major supermarket Woolworths also reopening its doors after a massive reconstruction effort in the months following the January disaster.
The St Ives Shopping Centre was under about eight metres of water at the height of the floods – on January 12 – turning the once bustling business area into a ghost town.
The good news is that since the floods, more than 75 per cent of the centre’s shops – including the fruit market, butcher’s shop, pet store and Asian grocer – have reopened.
Unfortunately not all the shoppers have returned, with the QT reporting earlier this month that the butcher’s shop had reported a 60 per cent loss in turn-over.
With at least 600 homes destroyed by the floods, many Goodna residents have been left with no money to spend.
The refurbished post office opened on Monday, however immediately following the floods, staff organised a temporary measure to enable residents to continue to pick up their mail locally, with customers allowed to collect mail from the post office foyer in recent weeks.
Post office box holders will need to present their existing mail box keys to staff, who will provide them with new keys.
Call Australia Post’s Customer Contact Centre on 13 13 18 for further information.
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