I am delighted to announce that Australia Post will establish a new presence in Ocean Grove and is seeking expressions of interest for a three-year licence to manage a new site at Kingston Village Shopping Centre.

This community licensed post office will improve postal services for the Ocean Grove community at a time when more people than ever are relying on Australia Post due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

I have been an advocate for the establishment of a second post office in Ocean Grove for over four years, listening to local voices including Cameron and Heather Waring who operated the Point Lonsdale Post office for six years and understand the importance of reliable and accessible postal services to the community.

The rapidly growing communities in the Kingston and Oakdene estates of Ocean Grove currently lack appropriate and equitable access to postal services and this announcement represents a great win for the Ocean Grove community.

In the Corangamite electorate, parcel volumes have increased by over 90% in the months of April, May and June this year compared to the same period in 2019.

I thank Australia Post for responding to this vital community need and I thank the many Ocean Grove residents who backed our community campaign for better postal services.

This is yet another demonstration that your voice really matters in regional communities.

10 September