The Collingullie Progress Association says residents have lost patience waiting for the village’s “embarrassing eyesore” of a former post office to be fixed or removed.
However, there could soon be some progress at the site that has laid idle for decades.
Progress Association president Russ Meyers told The Daily Advertiser that residents had made written requests to Wagga City Council for the past five years calling for an intervention.
Mr Meyers said the post office’s owners needed to “clear up” the building, which presented a “disgusting sight” to visitors as soon as they entered the village.
“I’ve got the hotel (Gullie Pub) and we keep it spotless and trimmed, and across the road we are faced with a jungle,” he said.
“I’ve got the hotel (Gullie Pub) and we keep it spotless and trimmed, and across the road we are faced with a jungle.”Collingullie Progress Association Russ Meyers
“I’m speaking on behalf of the progress association,” he said.
“It’s not a personal attack from me, it’s coming from the village.”
Sydney service station owner Kekin Patel told The Daily Advertiser that he had purchased the site about 18 months ago and hoped to build a truck stop before considering what to do with the post office building.
“It will be eight months, maximum one year before we start rebuilding,” he said.
“At the moment, the decision is with the council. Without that, we can’t knock it down.”
The village of about 220 people, located 24 kilometres north-west of Wagga, has had a post office since 1879.
Mr Meyers said the post office building closed down decades ago
“It was when they went away from the whole postmaster and postmistress thing, so it’s been closed for 40 years, I’d reckon,” he said.
“The block has been privately owned and every year it has deteriorated in condition to the point where it has just been an eyesore for the past 10 to 15 years.
“The locals want it removed. We have had enough.”
The Collingullie Progress Association was founded a few years ago and Mr Meyers said one of its first orders of business was to call on the council to take action over the post office.
“Everyone in the village comments ‘Why don’t they clean the site up?’,” he said.
”It’s a terrible look; it’s the first thing you see when you come into town.”
Collingullie has been battling population decline and its primary school was put into recess for 2018.
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