Community campaign to fast-track Service NSW Centre delivery in Gunnedah

SERVICE NSW PUSH: Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson has confirmed the new Service NSW Centre will open in Gunnedah in November. Photo: Ashley Gardner
SERVICE NSW PUSH: Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson has confirmed the new Service NSW Centre will open in Gunnedah in November. Photo: Ashley Gardner

COMMUNITY cries to fast-track the delivery of the long-awaited new Service NSW Centre in Gunnedah have been answered.

Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson confirmed on Monday that the “one-stop shop for government services” would open its doors in Gunnedah on Friday, November 10.

It follows finance minister Victor Dominello announcing in July that the state government would roll out Service NSW Centres – comprising services for transport; roads and traffic; births, deaths and marriages; legal information and services; business and trades; environment, land and water; health and wellbeing; education and training; emergencies and safety; culture, sport and recreation; civic rights and responsibilities; and housing and property – over the next 18 months.

But Mr Anderson spearheaded a community campaign to bring that date forward, launching a public survey to mount pressure on the government to deliver it by the end of the year.

Mr Anderson said community support had assisted him in lobbying Mr Dominello to see the project delivered ahead of others around the state.

“Our community deserves the very best services from the NSW government, which is why I fought hard to see the roll-out of Service NSW Gunnedah happens this year," he said.

“The Service NSW Centre will allow residents of Gunnedah to work with government departments in a way they never could before.

“No longer will we just have an old motor registry, but a comprehensive service that can handle around 1000 transactions on your behalf.”

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Mr Anderson said included in those transactions will be the ability for local people to obtain a general Opal card and top-up the balance of all Opal cards before travelling to Sydney – a service that he fought to have delivered in Tamworth earlier this year.

“Our local Service NSW teams are considered to be amongst the best in the state and I thank them for the passion they have for quality customer service.

“They are changing the way people interact with government services.”

The current motor registry will close for renovations from 4pm Friday, October 20. 

Service NSW Gunnedah will open on Friday, November 10.

While the motor registry is closed for three weeks, transactions can be completed online at www.service.nsw.gov.au.