Motor registry escapes the axe

THE state government has guaranteed the St Marys motor registry will remain open after the opposition had raised speculation about its future.

The government accused Labor of reckless scaremongering after the announcement of plans to improve customer service by amalgamating some services into single sites.

A range of government services will be available at 24 one-stop shops. Blacktown and Penrith will have them.

The government assured the Star the changes will not affect the St Marys registry.

“Roads and Maritime Services does not have plans to move or close the St Marys or Mt Druitt motor registries,’’ a spokeswoman said.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay is on record in parliament as saying, ‘‘No Roads and Traffic Authority offices — the old registries — will be closed.’’

It’s done nothing to ease opposition spokesman Robert Furolo’s concerns after a recent NSW Commission of Audit report recommended cuts with the roll-out of one-stop shops to ‘‘reduce the need for face to face transactions when customers interact with government.’’

Mr Furolo agreed it was unknown where motor registry cuts may be made but feared the small St Marys office may be at risk.

‘‘It would be a tragedy for the community if it closed,’’ Mr Furolo said.

‘‘A lot of people in the community rely on face to face service. How can you pick up number plates or do a driving test without a motor registry? It’s the responsibility of the local MP [Tanya Davies] to stand up on behalf of her community.’’

Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery added it would be a disaster to close St Marys and put pressure on the Mount Druitt registry, which he says is already one of the busiest in NSW.

Should the St Marys motor registry remain open?

Comment at stmarysstar.com.au.

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