People power saves northern suburbs postman

Popular postie Simon McGovern greets Coledale resident Stan Vardy. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR In a win for people power, popular postman Simon McGovern will keep on riding his route through Austinmer and Coledale.

Two weeks after a fired-up group of residents mounted a campaign to save their beloved postie, Australia Post yesterday confirmed Mr McGovern would not be moved.

A decision to allow him to continue delivering the mail had been made after a meeting between the mailman and management, an Australia Post spokeswoman said.

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As a result of the discussions, there were no plans to transfer him, she said.

Mr McGovern’s union, the Communications Electrical Plumbing Union, said yesterday Mr McGovern appreciated the community support and the issue of him being transferred was now “dead and buried”.

“It’s great to see his community got behind him and everything was taken into consideration, including customer support, and he is not being moved off his run,” the union’s postal and telecommunications branch president Peter Chaloner said.

“He just wants to settle back into his work now and be left alone.”

Word quickly spread through the Illawarra’s northern suburbs that the postie might be transferred because he was stopping to chat while delivering the mail.

An internal disciplinary process is still underway and Mr McGovern could not comment for this story.

Well known for his human touch, Mr McGovern has been known to hand-deliver condolence cards when he knows there has been a death in a family, rather than just leaving them in letterboxes.

An Austinmer resident gathered 400 signatures for a petition to keep Mr McGovern in the area.

Among those who spoke out for the postie was Julie Bianco from Coledale.

“It will be great to keep on seeing his smiling face riding past,” she said.

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