Australia Post driver delivers mail in NSW downpour: 'Employee of the month'

An Australia Post delivery driver has been praised for delivering mail during torrential rain in southern New South Wales.

Rod Walker posted the inspiring video to the public Albion Park Community Noticeboard Facebook group on Friday, during a mid-afternoon downpour.

The community member who posted the video hailed the dedicated postie as “employee of the month”.

The 19-second video shows heavy rain falling on the postie as they pull their motorbike from letterbox to letterbox, delivering mail as per usual.

Mr Walker said that he noticed the postie after heading to the front of his house to investigate the heavy rain.

“I did not expect to see the postie, but I thought he was going above and beyond his duties in continuing his job in those conditions,” Mr Walker said.

“Once I put it on Facebook I did not expect so many people to rally behind him and comment on his efforts.”

The video has racked up hundreds of likes and comments from Facebook users in a matter of days.

Australia Post has announced a number of initiatives to cope with unprecedented demand this Christmas season, including twilight deliveries, additional processing facilities and the hiring of thousands of new team members.

Facebook reacts to postie video: ‘Give him a pay rise!’

Many social media users have been quick to comment on the postie’s ‘dedicated’ efforts, in working in torrential conditions.

“That’s dedication to the job,” said one person.

“Neither rain nor sleet nor thunderstorms shall keep him from his appointed rounds - good on you!” commented a second.

“Wow, that's above and beyond!” wrote a third.

A mailman empties an Australia Post box in rainy conditions. Source: Getty Images
As Australia Post's Christmas deadlines have just passed, the postal service is working tirelessly to cope with parcel demand. Source: Getty Images

Other group members who commented on the post also raised concerns about the postie’s working conditions.

“They could have at least given him a car to drive around instead of being on a bike in the pouring rain,” one group member wrote.

Overall, a popular theme among users in the comments section is that Australia Post should “give them a pay rise”.

A spokesperson from Australia Post told Yahoo News that they were delighted to see the video.

"Our humble postie from Illawarra, New South Wales is one of thousands of our people working hard every day to deliver as quickly and safely as possible for their local communities, rain, hail, or shine," the spokesperson said.

"We couldn’t be prouder of them for their commitment and focus on their customers this Christmas."

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