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New at the PO

BEHIND the facade of Inglewood’s historic Grant Street post office is a modern postal business.

New owners Kylie Turner and Peter Carter are already adding to products and services to complement to core business of stamps and parcels.

Kylie, who lived in Inglewood as a teenager and whose mother Carolyn Lawrence still lives in town, has quickly added essential office and business supplies to the growing range of products.

And Kylie says local customers can now order any items from the regular Australia Post catalogues and if they are not in stock, delivery will be as soon as just 24 hours later with no delivery fee.

“We want to extend the range of products at the Inglewood Post Office to add to the range of goods and services we already offer to make it easier for our amazing customers from across the district,” Kylie said.

“And we’re adding more products to our gift and book range, many below $10 in price that make ideal presents for our customers to mail to their loved ones. There are some great books and jigsaws ideal for grandchildren, nieces and nephews and more on the way!”

Kylie, who completed the rigorous Australia Post training before taking over the local post office business earlier this month, said parcels and regular mail, finance and insurance, identity and document services including passport applications were also key to providing a comprehensive local service to the Inglewood district and continuing a tradition that started more than 160 years ago.

The first post office opened in Inglewood on May 14, 1860 in the comer of what was then known as the “Camp”. When the telegraph line came through to Inglewood in 1862 the post office also served as a Telegraph Office. In 1883 the present brick post office was built.

Mail in those days was delivered by a postman riding a bike, today Peter is riding around town taking mail to homes within the Australia Post-designated delivery streets.

“Inglewood has always been a great place and Peter and I are really happy to be here running the post office and continuing a vital service to the community,” Kylie said.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the welcome we have received since the start of July and we’re keen to keep expanding the range of products and services.

“Inglewood is a growing area and we are really committed to being part of this next exciting era for the town.

“Many things may have changed since the first post office opened but there is still the important contact that mail provides between people that remains at the heart of our local post office.”

Kylie said the Inglewood Post Office also carried the latest new release stamps for collectors or customers wanting to add a special touch to their envelopes.

“Peter and I look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our Inglewood Post Office and helping with our services and products.”

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