Collecting mail is a significant inconvenience for Teesdale residents. Photo: Supplied
A simple mailbox on the street could decide the fate of Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott.
Australia Post doesn't deliver letters to houses in the tiny township of Teesdale, deep in Corangamite, Australia's most marginal seat, and some locals at least are determined to make the postal run an election issue.
And with only several hundred votes deciding Corangamite in 2010 - leaving Labor with a tiny 0.7 per cent margin - the mail route in Teesdale, population 1479, could potentially become a hyper local decider for the nation.
''We don't have the luxury of the mail being delivered,'' said Bianca Hudson, who moved to Teesdale three years ago.
Locals have to either rent a post box in nearby Bannockburn or collect mail from the Teesdale general store, an inconvenience Ms Hudson said has meant she has missed invitations and been late in paying her bills.
Corangamite crosses city and country, taking in the suburbs of outer Geelong and stretching through the beach-bum towns of the Great Ocean Road to the southern-most point of the mainland, Cape Otway.
For decades this was conservative country, where light industrial and farming townships such as Colac have been electing Liberal members since the 1930s.
But in 2007 the ALP snatched the seat by just over 1500 votes, holding on in the 2010 hung parliament election by 771, thanks to Greens preferences.
This was despite a concerted campaign in which the Liberals are believed to have spent more than $800,000 to try to win the seat back.
The Labor MP for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman, a vocal Rudd backer during Labor's leadership travails, said the main issue people in the electorate wanted to hear about was jobs.
The Shell fuel refinery in Geelong is for sale, and Ford has announced it will be closing.
Even though both plants are in the neighbouring electorate of Corio, plenty of workers from Corangamite will lose their jobs.
''No one is holding the government responsible for the decisions of multinationals in their boardrooms,'' Mr Cheeseman said.
But nonetheless, putting aside all the partisanship and finger pointing of elections, people wanted to know what plans each party had to create more jobs in the region. Labor has promised to set up the headquarters for the new Disability Care scheme in Geelong, pledging 400 jobs, and more money for a private hospital at the Waurn Ponds campus of Deakin University.
Liberal candidate Sarah Henderson - who also ran against Mr Cheeseman last time - has criticised a union campaign warning foreigners on 457 visas could take local jobs. She said job creation fixing Labor's ''abysmal'' record in the region and infrastructure, including duplicating the Princes Highway, were the two themes of her campaign.
The Liberals are confident of winning back the seat, especially since the margin in Corangamite became even tighter, estimated at 0.3 per cent, after a redistribution of the electoral boundaries. Nationals, Greens, Clive Palmer and the Sex Party are also contesting.
Meanwhile, in Teesdale, some of the locals have pointed out that the national broadband network is due to roll out in the town from 2015, ''great for online shopping, except for the drive to get your shopping''.
But as with any political issue, there are at least two sides to the story. Dave McNiven is out for a walk to the general store with his young daughter and his dog ''We don't need a postie out here,'' he said. ''We are enjoying going up to the shop, the kids buy a bag of lollies. It's all part of the country lifestyle.''
A forum of Corangamite candidates, organised by the website oursay.org and the University of Melbourne, will be hosted by The Age at Geelong's Costa Theatre at 6.45pm on Monday.