THE Cardilini family of Fish Creek have taken on the contract for delivering mail and posted parcels in Foster.
Son Peter is the person wearing the helmet and delivering mail by motorbike after he has spent the early part of the morning sorting mail with his father Colin in the sorting room at Foster Post Office.
Parcel delivery – including registered mail requiring recipient signature – is part of the contract in Foster town area, and this is another of Colin’s duties while Peter is out delivering the letters.
Daughter Cathryn, who is 17½, helps with mail sorting on Saturdays and plans to obtain her motorcycle licence next year so that she can deliver mail if required.
Mum Deb works steadily in the background as the business’ book-keeper/administrator.
Having commenced the work in their own right on the week running into the Federal election, Colin said they have been flat out with political mail, tax mail, Fathers’ Day and spring catalogue householder mail in full flow alongside the standard letters.
Depending on the amount of mail that’s come in to Foster Post Office, the sorting takes two to three hours each day and the delivery a further two to four hours.
Besides having been residents of Corner Inlet since 1982, Col and Deb may also be familiar to Foster locals from their past work around the area as a Telstra telephone technician and as a telephone exchange operator respectively.
“We’re certainly familiar with the roads and people of Foster,” Col observed.