MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today announced $860,000 worth of improvements to courthouses at Glen Innes, Mungindi and Warialda.
“These courts have been important landmarks since the 1800s, but like most old buildings they have issues that need to be rectified to make them safer and more accessible,” Mr Marshall said.
Each of the buildings will receive major fire safety upgrades.
“Fires often occur without warning and can spread quickly, causing significant damage and putting lives at risk,” Mr Marshall said.
“That’s why it’s important our local courthouses are compliant with modern fire safety standards to ensure swift and safe evacuations.”
The projects will include new emergency and exit lighting systems, new signs, slip resistant stairs and improvements to paths of access.
Glen Innes Courthouse will also be made more accessible to people with a disability, with upgrades to the entry ramp, bathroom and car parking facilities.
Mr Marshall said that importantly, the improvements would not detract from the heritage value of the three courthouses.
“This is about providing 21st Century solutions to safety and accessibility issues that will not impact on the appearance of the historic buildings,” he said.
The upgrades are due to begin in April and will be completed in June this year.
Mr Marshall said the projects would provide a boost for the local economy.
“Local tradespeople will complete much of the work, while experts from out of town will be staying at our hotels and using our local businesses,” Mr Marshall said.