MPs say new service centre needed in Macarthur

Unfair: Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren want the state government to fund a second Service NSW Centre in Macarthur. Picture: Simon Bennett
Unfair: Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong and Campbelltown MP Greg Warren want the state government to fund a second Service NSW Centre in Macarthur. Picture: Simon Bennett

If Lake Macquarie can get a second Service NSW Centre, why can’t Macarthur?

That’s what Campbelltown MP Greg Warren and Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong want to know.

The two MPs have called on the state government to fund a Service NSW Centre in the Campbelltown local government area in this year’s state budget.

The move comes after it was revealed the state government will build a Service NSW Centre at Toronto on the Central Coast – with their nearest centre just a 17-minute drive away.

The only centre in Macarthur was located in the Camden area at Gregory Hills – a 16-minute drive from Campbelltown and a 20-minute drive from Macquarie Fields.

Mr Warren said Campbelltown’s growing population deserved access to vital services.

“If it’s good enough for the government to build a Service NSW centre for one community in Lake Macquarie, then it’s only fair for them to do the same here in Campbelltown,” he said.

“A growing regional city such as Campbelltown deserves its own Service NSW centre and I won’t give up until we see much-needed services delivered for our area.”

Mr Warren said the Gregory Hills centre was not equipped to cater for the Macarthur region’s growing population in the long term.

He said access to the centre was another issue as well.

“The state government has cancelled the bus route which would have taken residents to the service centre,” he said.

“There is no rail and it is very difficult to get there by bus.”

A petition circulated by Mr Warren and Mr Chanthivong earlier this year gathered almost 6000 responses.

Mr Chanthivong said the decision to build the Toronto centre was unfair to Macarthur residents.

“The decision to close the Ingleburn Motor Registry office was an insult to our community and made absolutely no sense,” he said.

“Here was a Motor Registry office conveniently located opposite a train station in the Ingleburn CBD, with excellent public transport connections, and averaging around 150,000 transactions a year.

“We’re fed up with the double standards, fed up with being short-changed and fed up with having our needs ignored. Where’s our fair share?”

Mr Chanthivong said hundreds of residents had contacted him to voice their concern about the area not having a Service NSW Centre

Both Mr Warren and Mr Chanthivong have taken their concerns to NSW Parliament and will continue to advocate for a new service centre.