Paul Tully received a letter at Goodna destined for Goondiwindi.
Paul Tully received a letter at Goodna destined for Goondiwindi. Contributed

MAIL FAIL: Error sends letter on needless 646km round trip

A LETTER posted at Goondiwindi and addressed to a post office box 10 metres away has been sent hundreds of kilometres to Goodna.

Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully found the letter, from Crowe Horwath, in his PO Box last week.

Initially confused about the letter, Cr Tully realised he was not the intended recipient.

The letter, posted a week ago at the Goondiwindi Post Office on the New South Wales border, was correctly addressed to a Goondiwindi post box.

Somehow it travelled on a 323km trip Goodna and ended up in a bewildered Cr Tully's PO Box.

The 10 metre journey inside the post office ended up becoming a 646 kilometre - round trip after the division two councillor posted the private letter back to Goondiwindi.

"Australia Post supposedly got the best automatic sorting system in the world and it can't read a town or postcode correctly," he said.

"Surely Australia Post, which is making big profits every year, can get something as simple as a town right."

Australia Post encourages people missing an item to check their tracking number and address - or visit the website, auspost.com.au, and submit an inquiry.



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