MINISTER PLAYS POLITICS WITH SERVICE NSW
When asked why Toronto had received a Service NSW Kiosk while Belmont had not, the Minister advised journalists that “Service NSW makes decisions on where to place centres based on demographics, traffic flows, population growth and site suitability.”
In a series of Questions on Notice in the NSW Parliament, the Member for Swansea probed the Minister to outline the processes used to determine the placement of Service NSW Kiosks.
The answers received indicate that the only factor that determines locations for frontline service provision in NSW is politics.
When asked if a traffic study had been undertaken at Toronto or Belmont the Minister’s answer was “No.”
When asked if the Minister had reviewed the demographics of each area, the Minister refused to be drawn on the question.
When asked if the Minister had explored the site suitability of a location in East Lake Macquarie, again, the Minister refused to provide a specific answer to the question.
Quotes attributable to the Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley MP:
“The Minister appears to have completely fudged the reasons behind his decision to refuse the people of East Lake Macquarie a Service NSW Kiosk.
“This proves that the only factor that determines locations for frontline services provision in NSW is politics.
“The Minister initially advised that issues such as traffic flows helped to determine the placement of services in Toronto – when asked if a traffic study was undertaken in Toronto or East Lake Macquarie the Minister’s simply answered “No.”
“Despite over 11,000 signatures presented to the Parliament against the closure of the Belmont Motor Registry, the Minister has refused to provide the people of East Lake Macquarie with the Services that they need and deserve.
“I’m appalled that the Minister has treated the people of the Swansea electorate with utter disregard in such a blatantly political manner.”