FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST ADDRESS COMMUNITY CONCERN OVER SERVICES AUSTRALIA (CENTRELINK) RELOCATION AT NOWRA
Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, is today asking questions of the Federal Minister, why it appears Services Australia (Centrelink) is planning to relocate from its current central Nowra position to the southern end of Stockland Nowra.
Residents have raised concerns with Mrs Phillips that the move will be further away from the Nowra Bus and Coach Terminal, as well as create traffic and access issues at and around Morton Parade, Nowra.
Mrs Phillips said there appears to have been no community consultation on this proposal by the federal government and its left community members astounded and wondering what’s going on.
Nearby residents have received notification of a development application lodged with Shoalhaven City Council, at 32 East St Nowra, for new commercial premises for lease as new Centrelink.
“The community deserves to know exactly what is going on with the location of Centrelink”, Fiona said.
“The current location has good proximity to the Nowra Bus and Coach Terminal, something which is absolutely essential”, Fiona continued.
“Firstly, they ripped Medicare out of its own premises, costing local jobs. Now they want to move Centrelink further away”, Fiona said.
“Centrelink provides a vital service. We have seen how important Centrelink is for people, particularly during the COVID pandemic”, Fiona continued.
“Our Centrelink workers have been working around the clock to support people. We need to support local workers too”, Fiona said.
“I have today written to the Federal Minister asking questions and for the Minister to provide an immediate update for the community. It’s the least they can do”, Fiona concluded.
MONDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2021