Merger for reg­istries

WISH LIST FOR NEW CEN­TRE: PLEN­TI­FUL PARK­ING, SHORTER WAIT­ING TIMES

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jenny Gal­braith

ST MARYS mo­tor registry cus­tomers hope the new “one-stop-shop” to open in Mt Druitt won’t face the same park­ing is­sues as other reg­istries around the area.

The mo­tor reg­istries in Sta­tion Plaza in Phillip St, St Marys, and Lux­ford Rd, Mt Druitt, will close by the middle of the year and be re­placed by a new Ser­vice NSW cen­tre.

Most of the cus­tomers The Stan­dard spoke with out­side the St Marys registry were from out­side the sub­urb.

Irene and James Smith, of Mt Druitt, came to the St Marys registry be­cause it was so much eas­ier than the one nearer to their house.

“You can’t get into Mt Druitt. You’re there for hours. There’s park­ing prob­lems and ev­ery­thing at Mt Druitt,” Mr Smith said.

Ch­eryl Rollings, of Kingswood, said she would learn to do trans­ac­tions on­line.

“I specif­i­cally come here just for this, ever since the York St one (at South Pen­rith) closed down. It’s there or here. I’m not go­ing to the one in High St (Pen­rith), be­cause there’s nowhere to park,” Ms Rollings said.

The new registry will be at a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion from the cur­rent Mt Druitt one, said a spokesman for Fi­nance, Ser­vices and Prop­erty Min­is­ter Do­minic Per­rot­tet.

“De­tails of the new site are be­ing fi­nalised and will be an­nounced in due course,” he said.

The new cen­tre will of­fer ac­cess to more than 850 NSW Govern­ment ser­vices, in­clud­ing NSW Se­niors Card ap­pli­ca­tions, birth and mar­riage cer­tifi­cates, owner­builders per­mits and Opal card trans­ac­tions. IAN PRIMERANO Shanes Park I usu­ally go to Pen­rith be­cause this one here is not too in­volved in heavy ve­hi­cles. At least in here, it’s not too bad (and) al­ways quiet. You’re in and out quickly. MER­I­LYN PORTER Glen­more Park It’s go­ing to im­pact a lot of peo­ple be­cause there’s nowhere to park in Pen­rith. They don’t think about the old peo­ple and peo­ple who can’t get around. BRAD SHAW Mt Druitt I live in Mt Druitt, but I come here be­cause it’s small and not busy. The Mt Druitt one is al­ways packed. BILL DONEVSKI Doon­side I come here be­cause there’s a less wait, oth­er­wise I would go to the one in Black­town. At Mt Druitt, you wait for­ever.

St Marys mo­tor registry is set to close and merge with a new Ser­vice NSW cen­tre in Mt Druitt.

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