State Parliament has been told the State Government must stop its stubborn refusal to establish a Service NSW Centre in the Shellharbour electorate.
Figures provided by the Minister for Finance, Property and Services to the Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson confirm there is justified case to establish a Service NSW Centre in the Shellharbour electorate.
All other electorates in the Illawarra have been provided with a Service NSW Centre, with the exception of the Shellharbour electorate.
Parliament was told that over the period between November 2015 and 23 March 2016, statistics show Illawarra Service NSW Centres have seen the following number of customers:
- Warrawong – more than 40,400 customers
- Wollongong – more than 34,700 customers
- Corrimal – more than 20,000 customers
- Kiama – more than 17,600 customers.
The current Shellharbour digital store has seen more than 8000 customers during the same period, but could be at risk of closure as the Government indicates it is “temporary”.
Ms Watson said thousands of Shellharbour-based residents were using the Warrawong Service NSW Centre inflating its customer base.
Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:
“I won’t stop lobbying the Government and the Minister to see reason on this issue.
“My constituents deserve the same access to government services as every other citizen in every other electorate in the region.
“There is a justifiable case to establish a Service NSW Centre in my electorate.”
6 May 2016