Goroke Post Office owner not worried about potential Australia Post sale

A WIMMERA post office owner believes the sale of Australia Post to a private company will have little impact on mail in regional Victoria.

Goroke Post Office owner Karen Bruni said even if Australia Post was sold, the mail still had to be done.

Her comments follow reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission supports the sale of Australia Post to a private company

"I'm not worried," Ms Bruni said. "I don't think it would impact us, not in the short term anyway."

Ms Bruni has owned the business for three years. She said post offices in regional towns were not viable because they were expensive to run.

"We have to be realistic about these things," she said. "People don't want to buy them.

"It is very expensive and I can't see anyone else wanting to come here and do it.

"The city routes would be more financially viable but we cover a large area."

She said because of the financial costs involved, many post offices in the Wimmera were for sale.

"Minimay is for sale and so is Kaniva," she said. "The Goroke Post Office was on the market for three years before I bought it.

"Australia Post can't get buyers for them. It takes long hours and a lot of work to run a post office that's why people don't want to buy them."

Ms Bruni said the post office was only used by Goroke and district's small population of residents.

"We are not a highway town - we don't get traffic passing through," she said. "Only a couple of hundred people live here."

Ms Bruni said post offices were extremely important to small towns.

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