While the new VicRoads Regional Office being constructed on part of the land known as the Clark Street/Withers Street car park in Sunshine is a positive development for Sunshine, Council is concerned that the new Regional Office will no longer offer VicRoads Licence Testing Services.
The licensing service is currently operating from the North West Metropolitan VicRoads Office in Ballarat Road, Sunshine, but VicRoads plans to discontinue the service in Sunshine when it moves into the new Regional Office being built at Clarke and Withers street car park.
Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch said that Brimbank City Council is concerned about the discontinuation of the VicRoads Licence Testing Centre, and will advocate strongly with the State Government for retention of the service in Sunshine.
“Council is writing to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, The Hon. Luke Donnellan MP, the Chief Executive Officer of VicRoads, and local members of State Parliament, to outline Council's concerns with the discontinuation of the VicRoads Licence Testing Centre in Sunshine.
“We’re requesting that this service be retained in Sunshine because it is an important one for the people of Brimbank and neighbouring municipalities,” Cr Hedditch said.
A Notice of Motion outlining Council’s concerns with the discontinuation of the VicRoads Licence Testing Service of the North West Metropolitan VicRoads Office in Ballarat Road was tabled at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 18 April.
In moving the motion that was supported unanimously by the Councillors, Cr Bruce Lancashire stressed there was a need to retain the VicRoads services in Brimbank, as the removal would have an adverse impact on Brimbank residents and small driver training businesses.
Cr Lancashire said: “It is extremely disappointing that the VicRoads licensing service is being discontinued in Sunshine because this centre is the easiest for residents in Brimbank, Moonee Valley, and Maribyrnong to use.
“If residents of Brimbank or the nearby inner western municipalities need to do a driving test or get their driving licence, they’ll have to travel all the way to Werribee, Melton, Sunbury or Broadmeadows. That is a long way to go for a service that used to be on their doorstep previously.
“Removing the licensing service from the Brimbank area would also have a negative impact on small businesses around the area, particularly on driving school businesses in Brimbank.
“Council is therefore asking that VicRoads reconsider its decision to discontinue the Licence Testing Service from the VicRoads office in Brimbank,” Cr Lancashire said.