MARSHALL QUESTIONS ATTORNEY ON WARIALDA COURTHOUSE RE-OPENING

Tuesday, 23 May 2023

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has questioned the Attorney General about the re-opening of the 184-year-old Warialda Courthouse, placing a formal question on the notice paper in State Parliament today.

Mr Marshall said the Courthouse was suddenly closed in mid-2019 for “essential building maintenance and repair work” which was completed last year, but as yet, no announcement had been made about its re-opening.

“I have asked the Attorney General to provide me and the community with a re-opening date for the Warialda Courthouse,” Mr Marshall said.

“Local Court sittings were suddenly and without warning suspended in 2019 and the current arrangement is for local matters to be heard in the Inverell Courthouse, which is enormously inconvenient for everyone.

“It’s my understanding that all building and repair works have been completed, which included updating emergency exits, improving accessibility and heritage repair work such as painting of front ramps, landings and handrails.”

Mr Marshall said that the government had not made a final decision about the operational status of the Warialda Courthouse, which was not good enough.

“The State’s taxpayers have forked out to see the historic building repaired and now the community is demanding its re-opening, to allow the Local Court to sit to once again in Warialda,” Mr Marshall said.

“There is no logic and repairing the courthouse and then declining to re-open it – Warialda deserves to have its Local Court back.

Mr Marshall has received correspondence from the Warialda Historical Society and the Warialda Business Chamber, which feel outraged the iconic heritage building is still closed.

“The building has historical significance for the Warialda community which dates back to 1839 when the first Magistrate in the region was appointed,” he said.

“I hope common sense will prevail here and the courthouse will be shortly re-opened.

“I look forward to the Attorney General formally confirming a date for the re-opening and resumption of the Local Court.

“I’ll keep applying the pressure and won’t rest until Warialda gets its courthouse back.”

The Attorney General now has 35 calendar days to respond in writing to the Parliament to Mr Marshall’s question.

Mr Marshall’s question, placed on the Notice Paper today, is:

My question is to the Attorney General:

Can you confirm the required repair and maintenance works on Warialda Courthouse have been completed?
(a) If yes, what was the cost and when will regular Local Court sittings resume at the Courthouse?
(b) If no, when will the works be completed and when will regular Local Court sittings resume at the Courthouse?

23 May 2023

Recent Articles

PORT OF NEWCASTLE UNSHACKLED WITH $13 MILLION IPART DETERMINATION

05th April 2024

Friday, 5 April 2024 NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today welcomed a decision by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory... Read More

NEW $8.5 MILLION GLEN INNES AMBULANCE STATION OPENED

05th April 2024

Photo caption: Officially opening the new $8.5 million Glen Innes Ambulance Station today, local paramedics Cass Copeland, left, Station... Read More

MARSHALL TO CALL TIME ON TWO DECADES OF POLITICS NEXT MONTH

04th April 2024

Thursday, 4 April 2024 MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall will draw his 20-year career in public office to a... Read More