Lifestyle

Month to promote hobby of stamp collecting

By Liz Mellino

District residents are being encouraged is encouraging locals to go on a Great Barrier Reef safari this Stamp Collecting Month.

Stamp Collecting Month aims to promote the hobby of stamp collecting to young children, while educating them on a unique theme each year.

Five stamps have been released this year showcasing some of the diverse and threatened species found on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Coinciding with the third International Year of the Reef, this year’s Stamp Collecting Month encourages collectors to take a closer look at how they can preserve the World Heritage site.

‘‘We are encouraging children to learn more about the environment and biodiversity of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef through the special Reef Safari stamp issue,’’ Australia Post consumer general manager Jane Cohen said.

‘‘The five stamps highlight the beauty and diversity of species living in the largest coral reef system in the world.’’

Reef Safari stamps feature five marine species found on the Great Barrier Reef — the green sea turtle, olive sea snake, emperor angelfish, grey reef shark and nautilus.

Ms Cohen said she hoped the stamps shed a light on one of Australia’s most popular tourist locations by highlighting the things people could do to make a difference.

Shepparton Post Office Australia Post’s Wyndham St, Shepparton, manager Shane Moloney said staff enjoyed being involved in the activities each year.

‘‘Our staff love getting involved in Stamp Collecting Month by wearing our Stamp Collecting Month shirts and getting kids involved through the colouring kits,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a conversation starter with our customers about the products and the theme, and it continues to enhance the link between us and our community.’’

The stamps and products are available now at post offices, including the one in Wyndham St, Shepparton, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at www.auspost.com.au/stamps