Cool­gar­die ends sup­port to trans­port licensing

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Joanna De­la­lande

Cool­gar­die is down yet an­other ser­vice af­ter the Shire had to stop pro­vid­ing ser­vices for the Depart­ment of Trans­port over an al­leged lack of fund­ing and sup­port.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive James Trail said the depart­ment drew on a lot of staff and re­sources and, with­out re­ceiv­ing ad­e­quate State Govern­ment as­sis­tance, the Shire was un­able to con­tinue the ser­vice.

The agree­ment be­tween the depart­ment and Shire ter­mi­nated late last year, forc­ing Cool­gar­die res­i­dents to go to Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der for li­cence is­sue or re­newal.

Mr Trail said it was a ser­vice the Shire would have liked to con­tinue to pro­vide, but was not able to.

“We don’t have that many staff and hav­ing a trained staff ded­i­cated to the Depart­ment of Trans­port ser­vices was too tax­ing,” he said. “The fund­ing was in­suf­fi­cient and ac­cess­ing sup­port when we needed it was hard, as it al­ways is in re­gional ar­eas.”

A depart­ment spokesman said the Cool­gar­die Shire re­ceived reg­u­lar vis­its from its Kal­go­or­lie staff and sup­port was pro­vided for qual­ity as­sur­ance for the pro­cess­ing of driver’s li­cences.

“There were times when the Cool­gar­die Shire were un­der­re­sourced and where suf­fi­cient notice was pro­vided, DoT sent staff to pro­vide licensing ser­vices,” he said. “The Cool­gar­die Shire were also pro­vided ac­cess to DoT’s agent sup­port in­quiry cen­tre which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to all agents through­out the State.”

The spokesman said the ten­der process for licensing ser­vices in Cool­gar­die and Kam­balda closed on Novem­ber 29 last year, but had not been fi­nalised.

“The depart­ment recog­nised the im­por­tance of the process and ran the ad­ver­tise­ment pe­riod 50 per cent longer than stan­dard to max­imise ca­pac­ity for com­mu­nity re­sponse,” he said.

“The depart­ment had al­lowed a change in hours of op­er­a­tion at the Cool­gar­die Shire to ac­com­mo­date the op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments in pro­vid­ing its ser­vices. The depart­ment is sorry the ser­vice in Kam­balda has ceased and is cur­rently look­ing for a so­lu­tion.”

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