Cookernup woman pledges to tattoo old postcode on arm after Australia Post changed it... in 1974
Cookernup’s Jac Taylor is so passionate about her town’s old postcode that she has vowed to have it tattooed on her arm if authorities give it back to them.
Cookernup has been lumped in with five other communities in the Harvey area — sharing the 6220 postcode — since it lost the 6219 postcode way back in 1974.
Ms Taylor said a sense of identity, concern over fire safety and worry about higher insurance premiums were behind a renewed push by Cookernup locals to get their postcode back.
She started a petition in 2016 about the issue after the Waroona-Yarloop bushfires because local residents believed emergency text messages alerting them to the danger were delayed as a result of them being based on postcode and Harvey was further from the fire than Cookernup.
However, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services all landline and mobile telephone numbers are automatically registered based on their service address and text messages can also be sent to mobiles based on the last known location of the phone as a way of alerting visitors in the area under threat.
Ms Taylor’s 2016 bid to get her beloved 6219 postcode back failed to gain any traction, but she said she felt reinvigorated to begin the campaign again this week after the issue was raised during public question time at a recent Harvey Shire Council meeting.
“I’d be quite happy to run out and have my postcode tattooed on my arm somewhere if I had the opportunity,” she said.
“It is about a sense of identity, people move to a place and stay because they love it and are proud of it, they identify with it.
“Let us have our postcode, let us stay being Cookernup and not just fade into one of those little towns dotted into nowhere.”
She said she was also concerned that Cookernup insurance premiums would be higher because insurance companies would look at their postcode and associate their town with what she said was a higher crime rate in Harvey.
Ms Taylor said the community took up a similar campaign recently when they fought to have a town sign installed on South Western Highway.
“It just seems to be that with everything out here you have to make a pest of yourself... and a pain in the ass to actually see any change take place,” she said.
An Australia Post spokeswoman said postcodes were assigned to efficiently process and deliver mail.
“We assign postcodes to localities based solely on the needs of the delivery network, such as capacity and routing, and may make changes when there are improvements to be gained in the delivery of mail,” she said.
“As there would be no operational benefits from changing it, at this stage we have no plans to change it,” she said.
The Cookernup General Store acts as the town’s post office and owner Chris Malcolm said he felt the community was large enough to entitle them to their own postcode.
“We originally had our own postcode up until 1974 when the original post office here closed,” he said.
“We handle more mail than Yarloop, for example, (so) we should actually have our own.”
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