Council votes unanimously to retain motor registry
Gosford Council has voted unanimously to support the retention of the Woy Woy Motor Registry.
The council will write to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight to support the local community in having the decision to close the Woy Woy registry reversed.
The motion was put by Labor councilor, deputy mayor Jim McFadyen, to the July 14 council meeting.
In a show of bipartisan support, Liberal councillor Bob Ward seconded the motion.
Cr McFadyen said the 35,000 people living on the Peninsula had been treated with contempt by the NSW Government.
He said 1100 people used the Woy Woy shopfront monthly and it conducted more than 160 driving tests a month.
He said the closure of the Woy Woy registry may result in Peninsula people who voted Liberal at the last NSW election not doing so again.
Cr Ward said: "I appreciate the closure was made to reduce duplication of services."
"There are currently 36 one-stop shops throughout the state with a further 34 scheduled to be rolled out.
"Despite the attributable benefits, it would appear little or no community consultation went on before the decision was announced," he said.
Cr Ward said he believed Peninsula residents would be unfairly disadvantaged by the closure, particularly the elderly.
"The drive from the Peninsula to the Gosford service can be arduous especially with the delays at the West Gosford intersection," he said.
"A lot more thought should have gone into the decision."
Cr Bowles suggested that, if the Peninsula currently had a sitting Liberal member of state parliament, the community may have had more of a chance of keeping the Woy Woy Motor Registry open.
Cr Bowles said she did support the motion because the Peninsula needed the service.
"This was obviously an on paper decision," Cr Bowles said.
"When I first heard it, I thought it was a hard-to-believe joke," she said.
According to Cr Bowles, the closure of the Woy Woy motor registry had the potential to kill the Woy Woy town centre, which already has a number of empty shops.
She called for the motion to be amended to ask for a reversal of the decision to close the current outlet and for a Services NSW one-stop-shop to be opened on the Peninsula.
Cr Craig Doyle also spoke in favour of the motion.
"At the end of the day, this boils down to a massive reduction in services.
"They are saying the Peninsula is not worthy of this service," Cr Doyle said.
He said it was heartening to see Cr McFadyen and Cr Ward working in unison to support the people of the Peninsula and called on the local State members of parliament to put aside their political differences and join forces to work on the issue for their constituents.
Gosford Council agenda, NM.8, 14 July 2015
Transcript, 14 July 2015
Reporter: Jackie Pearson