Shellharbour constituents now have to travel to Kiama, Warrawong or Wollongong to access basic state government services, with the Government refusing to build a Service NSW Centre in the Shellharbour electorate.
First, the NSW Government closed the Shellharbour Motor Registry in late 2015.
It put a mere “Pop Up” digital store in its place. A number of local residents used the pop up store in Stockland Shellharbour Shopping Centre – in the first four months alone, almost 9,000 customers. However, in 2016 the Government then confirmed this substitute was a temporary fixture and could also be closed, leaving locals at a significant disadvantage
Two new Service NSW centres were built in Warrawong and Corrimal in mid-2016, but the Government has failed to commit to a centre for the Shellharbour electorate. In Parliament, Anna Watson called on the Government to see reason and stop its stubborn refusal to establish a Service NSW Centre in the Shellharbour electorate, especially when there is a justifiable case for it.
Now, this Service NSW Pop Up store has been shut down too, without any replacement – leaving a black hole area in State Government service delivery in the Illawarra. It’s a decision that’s involved no community consultation and is a shocking betrayal of local residents.
Under the changes, Shellharbour is the only state electorate in the Illawarra region to be left without access to a NSW Service centre, despite proven customer demand.
Shellharbour constituents are now forced to access Service NSW exclusively online or travel to Kiama, Warrawong or Wollongong to do basic tasks such as renewing their vehicle registration, ordering replacement licences, or applying for a NSW Seniors Card.
“The Shellharbour electorate has once again been abandoned by this Government,” Anna Watson said, “My constituents deserve the same ready access to basic government services as every other resident in every other state electorate in the region.”
“There is no justification for the Government to open new centres in every state electorate in the Illawarra but leave the fastest-growing population centre in the region without one.”
Anna will continue to lobby the Minister to give residents of the Shellharbour electorate a fair go by convincing the Government that we need a new Service NSW Centre to be established locally.