Sending a letter? Pick how fast you want it to travel

THOUSANDS of Warwick residents will enjoy savings thanks to a freeze on stamp prices.

The Southern Downs' 11,041 government benefit recipients will not face a letter postage increase under the government- owned body's plans.

Also on the cards is a major revamp of mailing services.

Australia Post will introduce a two-tiered delivery system based on the one already used by its business customers.

The plan will see a higher-priced speedy priority service and a cheaper service which will take up to two days more.

Postal services executive general manager Christine Corbett said Australia Post could lose more than $6 billion over the next 10 years without reform.

She said there was no decision yet on the cost of the new delivery system or stamp price rises, but concession card holders would be immune from the latter for two years.

"Under this (delivery) model, the postie still does his round every day, but the sender has choice on a price and speed that suits their needs," Ms Corbett said.

"We recognise not all mail needs to be delivered overnight."

She said staying ahead of the game meant modernising regional and rural offices, which included extended banking services and payment methods.

A Post Office Agents Association Limited spokesman, who represents licensees in the region, said price rises and new delivery structures would not help the business.

"A price rise won't address any underlying structural issues," he said.

"POAAL is not convinced that proposals for a two-speed letters service will help cut the losses in the letters business."

Ms Corbett said community consultations, which were already under way, would help determine how the business responded to changing needs.



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