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Canberra Connect shopfront for Gungahlin?

By johnboy - 28 January 2011 12

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is calling for Canberra Connect to beef up its Gungahlin presence.

“As well as addressing an equity issue for residents, a shopfront would help to make Gungahlin a more self-sufficient town centre, where residents wouldn’t need to travel long distances to access services.”

“The Government’s data on Canberra Connect shows that the numbers of users are growing, as is the amount of Government revenue it is collecting. A tiny fraction of this revenue would pay for a physical shopfront service to be provided for Gungahlin.

“Through our Parliamentary Agreement with the ALP, the Greens secured a commitment for a shopfront service for the people of Gungahlin. We’re urging the Government to come through on this promise with funds in this years Budget,” said Ms Le Couteur.

Surely though most people go to the shopfront where they work?

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Canberra Connect shopfront for Gungahlin?
deye 6:30 pm 29 Jan 11

bd84 said :

Err the registration renewal notice comes with a flyer every year promoting online payment and stating that once you pay then your car is fully registered even without receiving the sticker. If you somehow get pulled over with an old sticker on in the few days after it expires all you need to do is tell ten you haven’t received the sticker. The police will still be able to see your car is registered in the system.

Not on the one I looked at this morning.

bd84 4:18 pm 29 Jan 11

deye said :

el said :

You know, if you don’t receive your rego label (if it’s lost or err…’stolen’*(?)) it’s perfectly reasonable for you to request that they send you a new one.

yes, then wait another seven to ten days for it. There is no statement on the registration renewal form that says evidence of payment is proof of registration. It does however state that you need to allow enough time for the label to get to you.

I would much rather be able to go to the very quiet shopfront in the Civic library and pick up the label when I pay.

Err the registration renewal notice comes with a flyer every year promoting online payment and stating that once you pay then your car is fully registered even without receiving the sticker. If you somehow get pulled over with an old sticker on in the few days after it expires all you need to do is tell ten you haven’t received the sticker. The police will still be able to see your car is registered in the system.

Also, nobody would want to steal your rego sticker as they are pretty much useless these days with the RAPID system and the speed the police can do rego checks. If fact, WA no longer issues them and I think there’s another state just about to follow. The ACT government could save a lot of money by doing the same.

A shopfront at Gungahlin would be a good idea, as would re-opening the Civic one. If the government updated its systems for the 21st century they would be able to offer most services online and overhaul the shopfronts to only offer those services where an in person visit was required, therefore needing less space and resources. I’m not holding my breath..

deye 1:24 pm 29 Jan 11

el said :

You know, if you don’t receive your rego label (if it’s lost or err…’stolen’*(?)) it’s perfectly reasonable for you to request that they send you a new one.

yes, then wait another seven to ten days for it. There is no statement on the registration renewal form that says evidence of payment is proof of registration. It does however state that you need to allow enough time for the label to get to you.

I would much rather be able to go to the very quiet shopfront in the Civic library and pick up the label when I pay.

el 9:59 pm 28 Jan 11

BenMac said :

deye beat me to it. I’m not going to pay for rego through the mail when it could get lost/stolen. I consider it a little too valuable, hence why I go into the shop front.

*boggle*

You know, if you don’t receive your rego label (if it’s lost or err…’stolen’*(?)) it’s perfectly reasonable for you to request that they send you a new one. Fairly certain they won’t ask for another $680 for it.

It’s just a sticky label, honest. Road User Services have fancy computers and stuff with the records of who’s paid what to register which vehicle (amazing I know).

* A pinched rego sticker really isn’t of much use, particularly given the increased use of RAPID.

damien haas 4:41 pm 28 Jan 11

Felix the Cat said :

BenMac said :


Why would you need to drive anywhere “to do rego”? You obviously have acess to an an internet enabled computer, why wouldn’t you use that to pay your rego? A few mouse clicks and it’s done.

For some rego transactions you need to physically be present, such as presenting LPG certificates, handing plates in etc.

Texpat 3:56 pm 28 Jan 11

I pay bills online whenever possible, but on the rare occasion I need to go into a CC shopfront, it would be nice if there were one available here in Gungahlin. If the numbers are there, I really don’t see why there’s not one here already.

BenMac 3:56 pm 28 Jan 11

Why would you need to drive anywhere “to do rego”? You obviously have acess to an an internet enabled computer, why wouldn’t you use that to pay your rego? A few mouse clicks and it’s done.

deye beat me to it. I’m not going to pay for rego through the mail when it could get lost/stolen. I consider it a little too valuable, hence why I go into the shop front.

Lin 3:51 pm 28 Jan 11

I also don’t get why anyone would go to a shopfront unless they need to show ID for something. You can do all your transactions over the internet or the phone these days. On the off chance that your label goes missing in the post, all you have to do is call, quote your receipt number and they’ll send you a new one. In the meantime, the receipt of your online (or phone) transaction is proof of registration if you would need it.

Felix the Cat 3:29 pm 28 Jan 11

BenMac said :

Surely though most people go to the shopfront where they work?

Well I work in an area with no shopfront and live in Gungahlin, so, yes please. Will save me driving to Belconnen to do rego.

Why would you need to drive anywhere “to do rego”? You obviously have acess to an an internet enabled computer, why wouldn’t you use that to pay your rego? A few mouse clicks and it’s done.

deye 2:49 pm 28 Jan 11

Keijidosha said :

“Surely though most people go to the shopfront where they work?”

I would, but apparently it was in someone’s best interest to close the Civic shopfront. *massive facepalm*

Have to agree with that, instead we have that little one in the library for licences only. I happily pay most of my bills online, the one I don’t want to is the rego as I don’t want it to go missing from the mailbox, so it requires tripping out to Dickson instead of walking around hte corner.

BenMac 2:36 pm 28 Jan 11

Surely though most people go to the shopfront where they work?

Well I work in an area with no shopfront and live in Gungahlin, so, yes please. Will save me driving to Belconnen to do rego.

Keijidosha 2:22 pm 28 Jan 11

“Surely though most people go to the shopfront where they work?”

I would, but apparently it was in someone’s best interest to close the Civic shopfront. *massive facepalm*

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