Australia Post staff members support community groups in Seymour

Welcome delivery: Australia Post staff members (left to right) Sharon Hockley, Dallas Stokes, Brad Anderson and Karyn Straghan are delighted that their People of Post grant nominations have been successful. Photo by Evan Wallace

Five organizations have received $1,000 grants under the People of Post program through nominations from Australian Post staff based in Seymour.

The program encourages Australia Post employees to nominate groups based on their personal connection to a local organization.

In Seymour, this has enabled Gnarly Neighbors, Seymour VRI Bowling Club, Seymour Goulburn Lions Club and 1st Seymour Scouts Group to receive grants. The Broadford and District Historical Society was also successfully nominated.

Seymour Mail Center manager Paul Burke was extremely pleased with his team members’ support of the local community.

“I’m very proud to be the director and to have so many people put in place for them (community groups) and then getting grants for them,” Burke said.

“Australia Post is proud to be involved in the community…we are proud to give back.

“Because we are a small community, they are all part of the community and they want improvements. I am very proud of them.

The Seymour VRI Bowling Club grant will help the club build a new ramp to improve wheelchair access to the bowling green.

Brad Anderson is the Acting Line Manager at the Mail Center and a member of the Bowling Club’s Board of Directors and he was thrilled with how the grant would support the older members of the club.

“Some of the older bowlers were probably thinking about quitting the game,” he said.

“But now they will have access to the greens and club rooms with wheelchair access and better in-room facilities.”

Seymour Post Office Postal Director Dallas Stokes nominated Gnarly Neighbors and she was thrilled that the grant supported a two-part workshop on bowling design and street art.

“The money is really going to be spent locally, so that’s where it’s going to get the most benefit,” she said.

“We’re here to serve the community…and I think the post office in particular is a bit of a community hub, so being able to give money back to the community is really, really nice.”

Scouts will use their grant to buy computer tablets and Sharon Hockley, who works in the mail office, was thrilled with how the tablets would help the group organize activities.

“They go camping, they go everywhere, and these little tablets that they can take with them,” Ms Hockley said.

“They have logbooks, now they can do it online. They don’t have to write.

Director of Administration Karen Straghan was successful in proposing a grant to the Broadford and District Historical Society and was grateful to “give something back” through her work.

The grant will be used to print new brochures and bring a cemetery walk program to life.

Ms Straghan said the society wanted to “put little markers on the graves as part of a walk” so people could scan the codes to get information about people’s contribution to the neighborhood.

“I’ve lived in Broadford for over 35 years now and giving something back through my job, Australia Post, is a great feeling,” she said.

Since 2018, over 1,350 grants totaling over $842,000 across Australia have been awarded under the scheme.

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