STILL WRITING: Ian Rippingale wants Australia Post to retain its existing delivery service.
STILL WRITING: Ian Rippingale wants Australia Post to retain its existing delivery service. Christopher Chan

Australia Post wants to take more time to deliver mail

STAMP collector Ian Rippingale has never stopped posting letters.

And although he does pay his bills online, he said texting and emailing did not compare to the "personal" touch of a letter.

Australia Post is seeking government approval to introduce a letters service that delivers two days slower than the current schedule.

Customers that require the existing timetable service would have to pay extra.

"We have now reached a tipping point where we can no longer manage (the decline in letter volumes), while also maintaining our nationwide networks, service reliability and profitability," managing director and group chief executive Ahmed Fahour said.

"This year we are forecasting a full-year loss for the first time. It is urgent we make changes this year to ensure we can continue to maintain a reliable, accessible postal service."

But Gladstone and District Philatelic Society secretary Mr Rippingale said he "can't see why we should have to go to two-days-a-week delivery or to the Canadian system where they have letter boxes at the end of streets".

"The parcel side of things is making a profit. It's the letter posting that is suffering badly," he said.

He said writing a letter was a lot more personal.

"You've taken the time to write your thoughts on paper," he said.

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