Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, and Inverell Local Court Registrar Susie Monckton outside the freshly-painted Inverell Courthouse.
Thursday, 9 July 2020
THE grand old Inverell Courthouse has undergone a face-lift during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing $170,000 has been spent painting and re-carpeting the 130-year-old building.
Mr Marshall said the works took place as part of the State Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus program.
“It might be one of the most historically significant and architecturally impressive buildings in town but that doesn’t mean the Inverell Courthouse doesn’t need a freshen-up every now and then,” Mr Marshall said.
“Not to be out-done by the new police station being constructed next door the Courthouse has had painters undertake work on its front façade and clock tower, while inside the dated interior walls and features have been re-painted.
“To match the new paint job, the old worn carpet has been ripped up and replaced helping to brighten the main court room.
“Further works will take place in coming months to update fire compliance in the building, ensuring the safety of users.
“As the Inverell Courthouse is a State Heritage listed building, all the works have been undertaken in keeping with the historic Victorian style of the structure.”
Mr Marshall added many local businesses benefited from work during the refurbishment.
“Accelerating renovations is part of a huge recovery effort to kick start the economy, create jobs, support local businesses and help town’s like Inverell recover from the drought and pandemic,” he said.
“It makes sense to carry out these 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.”