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Town without a post office

By MICK ROBERTS

AFTER more than 140 years Bulli is without a post office.

Bulli Post Office closed, along with the Bulli Newsagency, on January 20 after the businesses fell into financial difficulties.

Attempts to find a suitable Bulli business to take the post office license have so far failed.

An Australia Post spokesperson said it immediately took steps to let customers know of the closure, and made alternative arrangements for post box holders and for customers picking up “carded” parcels.

Customers were directed to Woonona Post Office, a kilometre away, to access key postal services. The next closest post office for Bulli residents is 2.5kms away at Thirroul.

About 20 of the 150 post box holders at Bulli have asked for alternative boxes, however, Australia Post has given no commitment to re-open a post office in the community.

“Our focus to this point has been on helping customers with the sudden transition,” the spokesperson said.

“Accordingly, no decision has been made to permanently close the outlet. When assessing whether to re-establish a point of presence in Bulli we need, of course, to take into account the ongoing viability of the business for an owner/operator.”

Australia Post said it is committed to continuing to monitor the needs of the community and to looking at potential opportunities when the new Woolworths shopping centre is built on the old Cavion scrap metal site.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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