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Wanniassa newsagency closed as business placed in liquidation

Customers of the Wanniassa Newsagency and licensed Australia Post store will have services delivered from other outlets after the business was placed into liquidation last week. 

A notice posted by the owners of the store, part of the Wanniassa shopping centre in Sangster Place, said the business had stopped trading and home deliveries of newspapers would be taken over by Southlands Newsagency sometime this week. 

Southlands Newsagency is in the Mawson shopping centre, off Mawson Drive. 

The newsagency sells papers and magazines, as well as providing lotto, stationery and other services. 

A separate notice posted by Australia Post said the shop would be closed "until further notice" and apologised to customers for any inconvenience caused by the liquidation. 

One local trader, who asked not to be named, said the closure on Wednesday or Thursday had taken  customers by surprise and that people leaving the nearby supermarket had stopped to read the posted information.


The newsagency remained stocked on Sunday, but no staff were present. Calls went unanswered. 

Postal delivery recipients and post office box customers will be referred to the Tuggeranong Post Office in the Hyperdome Shopping Centre in Anketell Street, Greenway.

Carded mail and other deliveries will be available from that outlet, more than 4 kilometres away, the notice said. 

The Australia Post website no longer lists the Wanniassa licensed post office, instead showing the nearest locations at the Erindale Centre in Comrie Street, Halley Street in Chifley and Farrer Place in Farrer.

The popular shopping centre has struggled with some recent closures, including the August 2008 withdrawal of the company behind the Wanniassa Medical Centre.

That decision sparked a community campaign for the provision of essential services, seeing more than 2000 people sign a petition to the operators, Primary Health Care.

An Australia Post spokeswoman confirmed the operators of the newsagency and Wanniassa Post Office have gone into liquidation.

"Australia Post is currently working with the liquidator to determine what the closure of the newsagency means for the ongoing operation of the post office," she said in a statement. 

"Australia Post apologises for any inconvenience this unexpected change in service may cause." 

The spokeswoman said all post office box addressed mail and carded articles will be available for collection over the counter at Tuggeranong Post Office, located at Hyperdome Shopping Centre. 

Trading hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - 1pm.

Frank Walmsley of Capital Commercial Business Sales said his company was working with liquidators to sell the newsagency. 

"It make take a week or so to finalise the transfer of operations, but the new potential operators are keen to start serving the people of Wanniassa as soon as possible and would love to work with Australia Post to see the continuation of services in this retail offering," he said in a statement. 

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