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Send your messages to Santa Claus soon
Matilda Pavey, 10, and her sister Audrey, 7, post their letters to Santa at the Canberra Post Office.
As Christmas approaches and
Canberrans get ready to wind down,
one industry is strapping in for another
busy festive season.
Australia Post doesn't sleep in the
lead up to Christmas, with employees
getting little reprieve.
"Once December hits, it's heads
down bums up for us,'' Canberra
postal manager Margaret Iles said.
"No one at Australia Post can have
holidays in December.''
Christmas is the biggest time of the
year for postal workers and special
arrangements to cope with the demand
It is a very tiring time for us,'' Ms
Iles said. "We all work overtime. By
Christmas Eve we are all pretty
buggered but there is a great festive
spirit among the staff.
"We don't see as many letters as in
the past. I've been in Australian Post
for 25 years and the biggest change is
the decline in cards being sent and the
increase in parcels.''
Canberra is home to the biggest
parcel locker in the country and
customers can pick up their mail 24
hours a day.
Although letters have dropped off
there is a deluge of correspondence
each year to Santa.
Ms Iles said he received more than
3000 letters each year from Canberra
One letter writer, Audrey Pavey, 7,
did not ask for a present from Santa --
she just wants to see his reindeer.
"I sent a letter to Santa and I asked
if Rudolph can visit my house this
year," Audrey said.
Australia Post postal services
executive general manager Christine
Corbett said last year children sent
more than 150,000 letters nation-wide
to Santa Claus. "Santa has heard that
there have been many well-behaved
children in Canberra this year,'' she
I'm encouraging them all to make
sure they write their letters so that he
has plenty of time before Christmas to
read and respond to them.'' Santa
letters can be placed in any Australia
Post red post box or in-store at selected
All letters received this month will
receive a personalised response direct
from the North Pole. To ensure the
man in red reads and replies to your
note before Christmas, drop your lists
in the post addressed to Santa, North
Pole, 9999. Include your full name,
address and a stamped envelope so
Santa knows where to send his reply.
Police warn not
to go overboard
Behind the blue line
ACT Policing has launched its Safe
Summer campaign urging the
community to enjoy the festive season
The summer period is shaping up to
be a busy time with a host of events
including Summernats, Australia Day,
Prime Minister's XI, Asian Cup and
World Cup cricket matches.
The message relates to alcohol and
drug consumption, road safety and
Sergeant Jim Edwards said the
Regional Targeting Team was also
focusing on safe environments for
staff working in licensed venues.
"Bar staff should not put up with
abuse, bullying or threats by a patron
who is asked to leave," he said.
"The bar and service staff working
every night and day at pubs and clubs
are important partners in our effort to
combat alcohol-related crime and anti-
social behaviour in our entertainment
precincts over the coming Christmas
and New Year period."
Sergeant Edwards encouraged staff
to call police on 131 444 or triple zero
if patrons did not comply with specific
directions or became violent.
Traffic law enforcement and
targeting anti-social driving behaviour
will also be a focus for ACT Policing
-- with the aim of making ACT roads
Police will maintain a highly visible
presence on our roads throughout
summer, with a strong focus on
removing speeding, impaired and
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