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Push to establish Service NSW at new council site

APPROVAL to build a new council administration building in Granville hasn’t been given the green light yet but Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou is already lining up potential tenants.

At Wednesday’s council meeting, he received support to invite the State Government to consider “co-locating” a Service NSW Centre in the proposed new building instead of searching for an as yet unnamed site in Merrylands.
Cr Christou said his “repeated requests”, including writing to the Premier in September last year to find out when a promised centre at Merrylands would be delivered, “have not been adequately responded to”, but told the Review he didn’t want to “bag anyone out”.
“This thing has been going on for too long. We actively want to go and work together with State Government for the betterment of the community,” he said.
However his move was opposed by several councillors, including Cr Kun Huang, who said he supported holding the State Government to its election promise to open a Service NSW Centre in Merrylands as soon as possible.
“If we are serious about this, we should put all the council [properties] on the table, and negotiate a shortest possible timeline for the service to be delivered,” he said.
“Residents of Merrylands shouldn’t have to wait for unknown years before that an election promise made by the current Government is delivered.”
Opting not to comment on the Mayor’s proposal, a spokesperson for Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello, said they remained committed to delivering the new Merrylands Centre by June 2023.