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June 10, 1997
(Government Services and Lands)

Clarenville Government Service Centre

Ernest McLean, Minister of Government Services and Lands, and Doug Oldford, MHA - Trinity North, officially opened the Clarenville Government Service Centre today.

Mr. McLean said: "This is a one-stop agency and its first priority is prompt, reliable, friendly service. Residents can now deal with one agency when applying for many permits, licences, certificates and Crown land approvals. They can also visit the centre to seek general information about government programs and services.

"This centre is also delivering full motor vehicle registration services and is accepting applications for vital statistics such as birth and marriage certificates. This fall the centre will also have a comprehensive on-line computer system for Crown land approvals."

Mr. Olford said: "The people of Clarenville and surrounding areas have told us that they want us to be efficient managers and we are listening. In addition to cutting this ribbon today, we are also cutting red tape. Government has given local staff the authority they need to get the job done. As a result, this centre will eliminate public frustration with having to deal with too many departments and agencies and it will create a positive climate for business."

Since its creation in March 1996, the Department of Government Services and Lands has brought together most of government's permitting, licencing and regulatory functions. Mr. McLean said the department has taken many steps to improve the business climate in the province, to increase consumer protection and to promote efficient and effective use of our Crown land resources.

Contact: Rick Callahan, Director of Communications, (709) 729-4860.

1997 06 10 2:25 p.m.

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