Coffs Harbour 'deserves a fair deal' on Fair Trading
STATE Labor has called on the O'Farrell Government to guarantee Coffs Coast residents won't face lengthy waits when the local Fair Trading shopfront closes.
Opposition spokeswoman for Fair Trading Tania Mihailuk said the NSW Government intends to create a combined service shopfront called Service NSW.
This will result in the closure of the Fair Trading shopfront in Park Ave.
Ms Mihailuk said that while the Coffs Harbour Service NSW Branch will not open until sometime next year, the government intends to start transferring employees from Coffs Harbour Fair Trading in the next few months.
"This could potentially lead to the closure of Coffs Harbour Fair Trading up to 12 months ahead of the opening of the Coffs Harbour branch of Service NSW - leaving Coffs Harbour without a Fair Trading service," Ms Mihailuk said.
"The NSW Government must assure the people of Coffs Harbour that the Coffs Harbour Service NSW Shopfront won't simply end up being one giant queue.
"Under the Government's proposal, consumers seeking help from Fair Trading will have to wait in line with motorists applying for or renewing a license, applicants for marriage certificates and those seeking to pay a fine at the Office of State Revenue.
She said cramming 210 government services into a single location will force people to wait hours on end.
Country Labor MLC for Coffs Harbour, Greg Donnelly said the NSW Government must guarantee staff with experience and training in complex Fair Trading matters will be transferred to the Coffs Harbour Service NSW Branch.