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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    $10.4M Toowoomba Courthouse upgrade unveiled

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    $10.4M Toowoomba Courthouse upgrade unveiled

    Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Paul Lucas today officially opened the Toowoomba Courthouse following a $10.4 million refurbishment.

    Mr Lucas said the refurbishment of the Toowoomba Courthouse will provide the local community with contemporary justice facilities now and well into the future.

    “This contemporary, newly refurbished courthouse is an excellent example of how the Bligh Government’s investment in a fairer, more responsive and contemporary justice system can make a very real difference where it matters most – local communities across the state.

    “The courthouse modernisation project delivered 80 jobs for the Toowoomba area.

    “I acknowledge the Member for Toowoomba North Kerry Shine’s continued support for this project.

    “He understood how important it was to ensure Toowoomba had a modern, fully integrated law and order precinct and was a strong advocate of the refurbishment.”

    Member for Toowoomba North and former Attorney-General Kerry Shine said the upgrade had been carried out progressively to ensure the courthouse, originally built in 1976, continued to operate throughout the renovations.

    “Toowoomba is a major regional centre and this refurbished courthouse will meet the future justice needs of the region and cater for the needs of vulnerable people,” Mr Shine said.

    “The refurbishment included a complete refit and refurbishment of the Children’s Court, two Magistrates Courts, a jury courtroom and associated chambers with new joinery.

    “The Children’s Courtroom was enlarged and new rooms provided for the victims of family violence and court support services.”

    Mr Shine said all public waiting areas were fully refurbished with new seating, new ceilings and new wall and floor finishes.

    “The court registry and the local offices of the State Reporting Bureau and Director of Public Prosecutions were completely made over. Existing lighting and fire-protection systems were also replaced,” he said.

    The project also included the installation of two prisoner lifts, construction and extension of a fire stair and a fire services upgrade.

    Today’s official opening took place during a two day Community Cabinet in Toowoomba and Oakey.

    Media contact: Deputy Premier’s Office: Thea Phillips 0400 232 341