Households in Macarthur will be receiving fewer visits from their postie with a new change to Australia Post's mail frequency hitting the region.
From this week, posties will go from delivering letters every business day to every second business day across nine Macarthur post codes.
The temporary change - which is due to revert back to ordinary business procedure in after the end of the financial year (subject to review - was introduced "to assist [Australia Post] to continue providing important postal services for all Australians during the Covid-19 crisis".
"Parcel volumes are increasing as customers - and the Australian businesses they buy from - adapt to online buying and home delivery in huge numbers," the Australia Post website reads.
"Meanwhile, letter numbers have fallen, in part due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Temporary changes have been made to Australia Post's delivery practice standards in recognition of the impact of Covid-19 on our operations."
Under the new conditions, Macarthur residents will receive their mail on alternating days of the week.
"For example, letters will be delivered to a particular address on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday one week, then Tuesday and Thursday the following week," the website reads.
"There is not change to delivery frequency in rural or remote areas. Express post items, parcels and PO Box mail will continue to be delivered every business day, regardless of location."
The changes are intended to allow posties to deliver more parcels when they are not delivering letters.
The new delivery schedule has begun and will be progressively rolled out in Macarthur over the coming fortnight. Residents will receive a postcard advising them of the changes.
Macarthur MP Dr Michael Freelander blasted the mail change.
"The Morrison Government should not be using Covid-19 as a sneaky backdoor to slash services and attack the jobs of postal workers," he said.
"That is why Labor opposed these changes in Parliament.
"We have seen a range of state and federal government enterprises be unresponsive to peoples' needs, quite brutal to their workforce and reduce services - which severely affects peoples' quality of life.
"Government services are there to serve the people."
The following post codes are subject to the new delivery schedule:
- 2179 - Austral, Leppington
- 2557 - Gregory Hills, Gledswood Hills, Catherine Field, Rossmore
- 2558 - Eagle Vale, Eschol Park, Kearns
- 2559 - Blairmount, Claymore
- 2560 - Campbelltown, Leumeah, Appin, Ambarvale, Glen Alpine, Rosemeadow, St Helens Park, Airds, Kentlyn, Woodbine, Wedderburn, Englorie Park, Gilead, Ruse, Blair Athol, Bradbury, Cataract
- 2565 - Denham Court, Ingleburn, Bardia, Macquarie Links
- 2566 - Minto, Raby, Bow Bowing, Varroville, Minto Heights, St Andrews
- 2567 - Narellan, Mount Annan, Smeaton Grange, Harrington Park, Currans Hill, Narellan Vale
- 2570 - Oran Park, Camden, Spring Farm, Cobbitty, Elderslie, Oakdale, Werombi, Mount Hunter, Cawdor, Ellis Lane, Grasmere, Camden South, Theresa Park, Belimbla Park, Kirkham, Orangeville, Brownlow Hill, Bickley Vale, The Oaks, Glenmore, Camden Park and Nattai