A green site for the pending Service NSW office in Finley has still not been ruled out.
A government spokesperson has told the Southern Riverina News the preferred option is for the centre to be provided in the existing Roads and Maritime Services office in Howe St.
However, a final location would depend on suitability of the existing building for expanded services.
The pending development was one of the issues raised with NSW Member for Murray Austin when he visited Finley and district late last week.
With the service centre expected to be delivered mid this year, its best location is still being debated.
Some suggest a central location in Finley’s main street — Murray St — might be more suitable in terms of accessibility, but Finley resident and former NSW politician Matt Singleton says moving it will only worsen Murray St congestion.
‘‘The intention is for the Finley Service Centre to remain at Howe Street, the site of the existing motor registry office,’’ the Service NSW spokesperson said.
‘‘However, should the site not meet the requirements for a new expanded Service Centre offering we will assess other sites in Finley.
‘‘Finley Service Centre will offer much more than just roads and maritime services, customers will also be able to access more than 1000 services from 50 different government departments.
‘‘Services include NSW Fair Trading, Births Deaths and Marriages, Family and Community Services and many more. Staff at existing motor registries will be given priority and assistance when applying for positions within the Service NSW network.’’
While stating the Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture’s preferred location is Murray St, chamber president Gary Carr said he also had no objections to the existing location.
He said the priority was to secure the service for the community, now and into the future.
‘‘Providing it stays in Finley, that’s all that matter for us,’’ Mr Carr said.
‘‘We’re happy with its location on Howe St but if it is to move, our preferred location would be on Murray St as it would create better foot traffic for our businesses.’’
Mr Singleton — who said he was responsible for establishing the current RMS office when Minister for Administrative Services and Assistant Minister for Transport — said he wanted to enlist Mr Evans’ support to retain the current location.
‘‘The one (building) they already have on Howe St is perfectly fine.
‘‘Parking on Murray Street is already awful and it will become a nightmare if (a move) goes forward.
‘‘There is enough land in Howe Street to expand, and tonnes of parking.
‘‘Most people who use the service across the region know where the RMS is in Howe St.’’
Mr Singleton said he also used his meeting with Mr Evans as an opportunity to garner support to halt any potential future plans for the removal of government services from Finley.
The provision of a Service NSW centre in Finley is part of the NSW Government’s $20 million expansion of the network into 24 new rural and regional areas.