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Dress up your letterbox for Foster’s 150th

• Foster Licensed Post Office staff member Brandii Morley has dressed up the Australia Post letter box outside the post office as a festive parcel with green tinsel contrasting with the bright pillar box red. This box however is the only one that is completely ineligible to enter the Foster 150 committee’s current decorated letterbox competition!

HOUSEHOLDERS and residents from throughout the Foster mail district are invited to dress up their letterbox just for fun as well as for the chance to win a prize during November as part of Foster’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

Choose from two themes for your letterbox’s outfit; a costume with a local history flavour or do your best to make the local postie on the Foster township round and the mail contractors delivering to rural roadside boxes smile, or better still, laugh!

To enter the competition, all you have to do is to frock up your letterbox or even the door of your post office box, and then let the Foster Licensed Post Office staff know that you’re in the running.

The posties and the mail contractors will take photographs of all of the entrants and the winners of each category will be chosen by Foster 150 committee representatives and Foster Post Office licensee Phil Rerden later in the month.

Foster 150 committee member and letterbox competition organiser Prue Fleming said a flyer announcing the event had already been circulated around the Foster mail district.

“I am delighted to see that a number of very smartly decorated letterboxes is already starting to appear in local streets and roads,” she said.

“I know of one letterbox along the Foster-Promontory Road that has been given a new coat of paint and some magnificent spots especially for the occasion.

“There’s another rural letter box that now looks like a sun-smart beachgoer, and stickers are sprouting on a few of the PO boxes, too!”

Prue said the Foster 150 committee was keen for Foster district people to get involved in the letterbox competition, as so many of the activities that were planned for Foster’s sesquicentennial year have had to be cancelled because of COVID-19.

“We’d love it if everyone would dress up their letterbox or front fence and encourage all of their neighbours in their street or court to do the same,” she said.

“The decorations can be as simple or as extravagant as you like, such as ribbons tied in bows, stars, or flowers and foliage right through to home-tailormade attire!”

All letterboxes in the Foster township are eligible to enter, as are those on all of the rural mail runs served from the Foster LPO, including Yanakie to Wilsons Promontory, Port Franklin to Foster North, the South Gippsland Highway, and the Mount Best section.

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