Government makes historic investment in Rockhampton Courthouse

Published Monday, 19 June, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

In Rockhampton today, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath announced a $12 million upgrade to the Rockhampton Courthouse.

Mrs D’Ath said the existing building was well placed to deliver justice services, but needed an overhaul due to water damage and wear.

“Rockhampton’s court users and community deserve a modern courthouse – and that is what we are delivering,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“The existing building will be comprehensively revamped, with a redesign and replacement of the roof and facade, new glazing, improved disability access and air conditioning upgrades.

“Following additional investigations, we have decided to increase our capital investment in this building to ensure that it can serve Rockhampton for generations to come.”

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the new works would generate jobs and support the administration of justice.

“The restoration of this central asset is a vote of confidence in our CBD and the surrounding community. It will generate an estimated 18 jobs," Mr Byrne said.

“Our Courthouse has finalised over 11,500 matters in the last two years – and can only do better with this fantastic investment.

“This is a good result for Rockhampton and a good result for justice."

Mrs D’Ath said the Government was investing in court infrastructure across the state.

“In addition to the funding for the Rockhampton Courthouse, the Palaszczuk Government has allocated $8.5 million in the Budget for priority courthouse works across the State, where the need is greatest,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Over the next five years, we are investing $31.6 million to expand and upgrade audio-visual equipment across Queensland court houses, improving court efficiency, and giving greater flexibility to vulnerable or remote witnesses.”


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