STANLEY last Friday celebrated a double milestone – its community-managed licensed post office turned five and, in a major development, is about to be relocated into the former Stanley state school.
More than 100 people enjoyed a barbecue in the former school grounds while being entertained by local musicians Mel Tomkins and Geoffrey Fryer.
The post office opened in a roadside demountable building after the community’s postal service from what had been the village store was closed late in 2010.
Within days Stanley’s community advocacy organisation, Stanley Rural Community Incorporated, had co-ordinated a community meeting to discuss how the mail service might be maintained.
It has since been run by volunteers.
SRCI president Ed Tyrie applauded the work of volunteers and people from the community who had in so many ways contributed to the success of the venture since 2011.
He acknowledged the work of the late Mike Byrne, who had been secretary and later vice – president of SRCI before he died last year.
Mr Byrne was instrumental in the re-establishment of the postal service.
“His contribution was incredibly outstanding,” Mr Tyrie said.