Safety improved at Armidale Courthouse with Adam Marshall MP and registrar Rhonda Breneger discussing the upgrades funding through the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus.
Monday, 13 July 2020
WORK to improve security and update fire safety measures at the Armidale Courthouse are underway, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall inspecting progress on the $230,000 program of works, funded through the State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus program.
Mr Marshall said the State Government prioritised projects that could begin immediately, to help communities rebuild after the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires and drought.
“Even though Armidale Courthouse is only seven years old it’s important it is constantly updated to meet Work, Health and Safety standards,” Mr Marshall said.
“At the moment improvements are being made to security within the building, while fire systems have also been updated to reduce risk and make the facility safer.
“The government has prioritised awarding construction work to small-to-medium sized businesses and local builders where possible.
“Speaking to Armidale builder Reece Purvis, he is stoked to be part of this program which has increased his workload during the pandemic.
“Accelerating renovations is part of a huge recovery effort to kick start the economy, create jobs, support local businesses and help country NSW get back on its feet.
“It makes sense to carry out renovations while courts are sitting less due to the COVID-19 pandemic, because fewer disruptions mean the work can be completed faster.
“This investment will also put the court in the best possible position to address the busy period ahead as COVID-19 restrictions ease further.”
Local Court sessions are still sitting at Armidale Courthouse with social distancing in place. Residents can attend the registry by appointment.
More information on the $9 million regional court upgrade program can be found at: www.coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/services/courts-tribunals-and-jury-services