FRANK Gower has taken on the role of postman for Christmas.

The Caloundra pensioner decided to pass out festive cards to his friends in person this year to avoid the rising cost of stamps.

Mr Gower, the Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League Caloundra branch president, has welcomed news that the region's 83,029 gov

ernment benefit recipients would receive a two-year amnesty from stamp price increases as Australia Post plans a major revamp of mailing services.

But he said it was more of a "political ploy" than a real answer to keeping postal services accessible.

"We are talking about a service where if it breaks even it's a bonus, like the bus services," he said.

"It's a money-grab situation that should never happen for a community service.

"Australia Post should look within their own empire to save costings and not pass them on to people.''

Sunshine Coast Daily letter writer E. Rowe said postage stamp price rises hit the community's most vulnerable - the elderly and small businesses.

Australia Post will introduce a two-tiered delivery system based on the one used by its business customers - a costlier priority service and a cheaper service which will take up to two days more.



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