$1 letters - Kawungan's James Hansen, Tatyana Arnold and four year old Dommonik Arnold with the newly issued one dollar stamps. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle
$1 letters - Kawungan's James Hansen, Tatyana Arnold and four year old Dommonik Arnold with the newly issued one dollar stamps. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle Valerie Horton

Stamp of disapproval for postage price hike

KAWUGAN'S Tatyana Arnold is not happy about having to pay more to send letters, following the hike of basic postage rate stamps from 70¢ to $1.

The increase, effective since Monday, means Ms Arnold will now have to think carefully when forwarding letters to her sister who recently moved to Western Australia.

Ms Arnold said the decision had meant the cost of using postal services had "gone through the roof".

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She said she would now rely on electronic messaging where possible to save money when communicating with others.

"Email and messaging is free," she said.

While some Australia Post customers on the Fraser Coast defended the changes made to keep Australia Post viable, others thought the price increase was an unnecessary burden.

In a statement from Australia Post, it was said the change would allow the company to "recover more of the cost of providing the letters services".

Along with the change in stamp price, "priority" and "regular" services were also introduced.

Regular mail will cost just the price of the stamp, but will take a day or two longer to arrive than under the previous service model.

For 50 cents extra, the priority service will get letters to their destinations in one to four business days - up to two days faster than the standard service.

But Australia Post has assured postal users that affordable options are still available.

An Australia Post spokesperson said the concession stamp price of 60¢, available to Federal Government concession card holders, would be kept along with the 65¢ fee for seasonal greeting card postage.

"The increase to the (basic postage rate) BPR is only the fifth in 23 years," they said.

"At $1, the BPR will remain one of the lowest in the developed world."



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