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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1890

Question No. 458

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 7 September 1983:

(1) Is it a fact that the Commonwealth Employment Service office in Greenwood, Western Australia, has been relocated in Balga in the same State, leaving the 108,000 residents of the Shire of Wanneroo without either a Commonwealth Employment Service or Department of Social Security office in the municipality.

(2) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the fact that residents of the Shire of Wanneroo have access only to a severely limited public transport system and that they consequently have great difficulty in travelling to other areas to reach a Social Security office.

(3) Are there any proposals to establish a Social Security office in the Shire of Wanneroo in the financial year 1984-85.

Dr Blewett —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) I understand that the lease for Greenwood CES office expired on 26 August 1983 and the building owner declined renewal. Suitable alternative office accommodation could not be identified in Wanneroo Shire. A CES office has been established in premises at Hammersley as a temporary measure pending availability of office accommodation in Wanneroo Shire. Job-seekers and employers in Wanneroo Shire were personally advised by mail of the temporary arrangements and assured that the standard of CES service available to the community within the Shire would be maintained. The CES, in liaison with the Department of Administrative Services, is continuing to seek suitable office accommodation within the Shire of Wanneroo.

(2) Yes.

(3) Consideration is being given to the establishment of a new Social Security Office in the Shire of Wanneroo. Transport routes, however, make it difficult to assess whether a new office within the Shire is the most suitable means of extending services to departmental clients in the Shire. If it were decided to proceed with the new office it would be likely to be operational in 1984-85.