The Sebastopol Post Office is due to close this Friday - but the campaign to keep a branch in the community has now reached Parliament House.
Federal representative Catherine King raised the matter in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon, again calling on Australia Post to issue a new licence for a post office in the suburb.
News that the Albert Street branch of the post office would close became public in December last year, with the business owners opting to move to Delacombe Town Centre.
Speaking in parliament, Ms King said the fast-growing Delacombe district needed a post office, "but it shouldn't come at the expense of the residents of Sebas."
She said the branch offered a "really important community service", including allowing banking and bills to be paid.
"For many older residents, if they are not connected to the internet, it is the only way that they can access these services. That is exactly the role that the local post office plays in Sebas."
Around a fifth of Sebastopol's residents are believed to be aged more than 65. In December, The Courier spoke to several residents protesting against the branch closure who would be unable to drive other branches in Redan and Mount Clear. There is no direct bus service to Delacombe Town Centre where parcels are now likely to be delivered.
Ms King also cited a petition organised by local resident Joan Brown, who is in her late 80s. With hundreds of handwritten signatures, which were collected with the help with the help of Rosebank Retirement Village residents, it has now been submitted to the Petitions Office in Parliament House.
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The Petitions Committee are due to check the petition on February 15, after which it will be forwarded on to Paul Fletcher, the minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, for a response.
Ms King told Parliament the existing owner would be willing to run Post Offices both in Delacombe Town Centre and Sebastopol.
South ward councillor Des Hudson said: "Sebastopol needs a post office. There are many residents who are elderly that don't have the luxury of getting to DTC, or Redan."
"Australia Post should listen to the community."
He also urged residents to contact the minister directly. "It's easy for Australia Post, once the door closes and they move out, for it to die away.
"My encouragement with everyone I have spoken to is 'get on the phone, send an email, make contact with Australia Post and let them know'.
"We need people power as well to make some noise."
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