Rebuild of Rock Valley Post Office
In September 2012 the community-owned Rock Valley Post Office was destroyed by fire.
The Rock Valley Post Office, the smallest in Australia, was the heart of the community of 272 people and the only commercial building in the town. It also doubled as the local tourist information office, where you could purchase local arts, craft and produce. To the community it was much more than just a post office; it was also a central meeting place where the locals could catch up for a laugh or a chat.
As the Post Office was such an instrumental part of the community, Lisa and the Rock Valley Hall Committee started the rebuilding fundraising efforts immediately after the fire and rallied to raise as much funding as possible to rebuild and restore their postal services. This coupled with the insurance money and the RAS Foundation grant, ensured that the rebuilding efforts could commence immediately.
The design plans for the building were donated by a local architect, along with paint, roofing and the plumbing work. Completed in July 2013, the post office, still the original 12x12 foot size on the inside, now has a larger veranda, giving room for people to enjoy a coffee from the store and take in the scenery after they make a post run.
A vital part of the fabric of the Rock Valley community, the post office provides a direct benefit to everyone in the community and is a symbol of their spirit, resilience and determination to band together in the rebuilding efforts.