NEW SERVICE FALLS SHORT
Licence testing not offered at Mt Druitt centre
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.