Ser­vice site un­known

Ex­ist­ing Howe St still pre­ferred if suit­able

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

A green site for the pend­ing Ser­vice NSW of­fice in Finley has still not been ruled out.

A gov­ern­ment spokesper­son has told the SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS the pre­ferred op­tion is for the cen­tre to be pro­vided in the ex­ist­ing Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices of­fice in Howe St.

How­ever, a fi­nal lo­ca­tion would de­pend on suit­abil­ity of the ex­ist­ing build­ing for ex­panded ser­vices.

The pend­ing de­vel­op­ment was one of the is­sues raised with NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin when he vis­ited Finley and district late last week.

With the ser­vice cen­tre ex­pected to be de­liv­ered mid this year, its best lo­ca­tion is still be­ing de­bated.

Some sug­gest a cen­tral lo­ca­tion in Finley’s main street — Mur­ray St — might be more suit­able in terms of ac­ces­si­bil­ity, but Finley res­i­dent and for­mer NSW politi­cian Matt Sin­gle­ton says mov­ing it will only worsen Mur­ray St con­ges­tion.

‘‘The in­ten­tion is for the Finley Ser­vice Cen­tre to re­main at Howe Street, the site of the ex­ist­ing mo­tor registry of­fice,’’ the Ser­vice NSW spokesper­son said.

‘‘How­ever, should the site not meet the re­quire­ments for a new ex­panded Ser­vice Cen­tre of­fer­ing we will as­sess other sites in Finley.

‘‘Finley Ser­vice Cen­tre will of­fer much more than just roads and mar­itime ser­vices, cus­tomers will also be able to ac­cess more than 1000 ser­vices from 50 dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

‘‘Ser­vices in­clude NSW Fair Trad­ing, Births Deaths and Mar­riages, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and many more. Staff at ex­ist­ing mo­tor reg­istries will be given pri­or­ity and as­sis­tance when ap­ply­ing for po­si­tions within the Ser­vice NSW net­work.’’

While stat­ing the Finley Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture’s pre­ferred lo­ca­tion is Mur­ray St, cham­ber pres­i­dent Gary Carr said he also had no ob­jec­tions to the ex­ist­ing lo­ca­tion.

He said the pri­or­ity was to se­cure the ser­vice for the com­mu­nity, now and into the fu­ture.

‘‘Pro­vid­ing it stays in Finley, that’s all that mat­ter for us,’’ Mr Carr said.

‘‘We’re happy with its lo­ca­tion on Howe St but if it is to move, our pre­ferred lo­ca­tion would be on Mur­ray St as it would cre­ate bet­ter foot traf­fic for our busi­nesses.’’

Mr Sin­gle­ton — who said he was re­spon­si­ble for es­tab­lish­ing the cur­rent RMS of­fice when Min­is­ter for Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices and As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Trans­port — said he wanted to en­list Mr Evans’ sup­port to re­tain the cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

‘‘The one (build­ing) they al­ready have on Howe St is per­fectly fine.

‘‘Park­ing on Mur­ray Street is al­ready aw­ful and it will be­come a night­mare if (a move) goes for­ward.

‘‘There is enough land in Howe Street to ex­pand, and tonnes of park­ing.

‘‘Most peo­ple who use the ser­vice across the re­gion know where the RMS is in Howe St.’’

Mr Sin­gle­ton said he also used his meet­ing with Mr Evans as an op­por­tu­nity to garner sup­port to halt any po­ten­tial fu­ture plans for the re­moval of gov­ern­ment ser­vices from Finley.

The pro­vi­sion of a Ser­vice NSW cen­tre in Finley is part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s $20 mil­lion ex­pan­sion of the net­work into 24 new ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas.

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