NEW SER­VICE FALLS SHORT

Li­cence test­ing not of­fered at Mt Druitt cen­tre

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Vera Ber­tola

DE­SPITE the prom­ise of 970 ser­vices and trans­ac­tions, the new Ser­vice NSW cen­tre at Mt Druitt is com­ing with a cost. The cen­tre is set to open in West­field Mt Druitt on Oc­to­ber 24. But it will not in­clude li­cence test­ing, a ser­vice the com­mu­nity is cry­ing out for. ››

THE Mt Druitt and St Marys com­mu­nity is pre­par­ing for the open­ing of the new Ser­vice NSW cen­tre in West­field Mt Druitt, still un­happy the NSW Gov­ern­ment sweet­ener does not ad­e­quately com­pen­sate for the ser­vices they will lose.

A Ser­vice NSW spokes­woman con­firmed the new cen­tre was set to open on Oc­to­ber 24, re­plac­ing the St Marys RMS, which will close per­ma­nently on the same date, and up­grade the cur­rent Mt Druitt RMS cur­rently op­er­at­ing in a stand­alone build­ing in Lux­ford St.

The new cen­tre will be fit­ted out with a concierge check-in desk, 12 ser­vice coun­ters in­clud­ing a wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble counter, four desks for knowl­edge test­ing, free Wi-Fi, and a pri­vacy area.

The spokes­woman said: “Among the 970 ser­vices and trans­ac­tions avail­able at the site, cus­tomers will be able to ac­cess ser­vices such as li­cence re­newal, ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions, mar­itime ser­vices, owner builder per­mits, Hous­ing NSW rental pay­ments, Opal Card, and more.”

How­ever, the com­pro­mise has been the loss of the li­cence test­ing ser­vice.

Lo­cals protested back in April when they were told they would only be able to ac­cess the ser­vice in ei­ther Black­town or Pen­rith.

The open­ing of the new cen­tre also co­in­cides with the re­duc­tion in open­ing hours, mak­ing it harder for peo­ple to ac­cess ser­vices out­side of hours.

The lo­ca­tion of the new Ser­vice NSW cen­tre is: West­field Mt Druitt (op­po­site Aus­tralia Post), Shop 29-32 cor­ner of Carlisle Ave and Lux­ford Rd.

The protest out­side Mt Druitt RMS in April.

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