Work has started on more than $1 million worth of upgrades to courthouses at Bega and Batemans Bay, boosting employment and delivering fit-for-purpose facilities.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the refurbishments are an investment in these key local assets.
“These are significant buildings in Bega and Batemans Bay and I am heartened to see this investment in their future by attending to necessary repairs while creating more pleasant facilities,” Mr Constance said.
“It is important that justice is seen to be done locally”.
At historic Bega Courthouse, a $672,000 refurbishment will include internal and external painting and repairs to the surfaces of the façade. There’ll be new security cameras, carpets, plumbing and toilets, and upgrades to the air conditioning and electrics, with new landscaping around the building.
The brick courthouse, with its double height ceiling and front verandah, was built in 1881 by Colonial Architect J Barnet during the Bermagui gold rush and just as dairy farming was becoming established as an important economic driver in the region.
At Batemans Bay Courthouse, the near $400,000 project includes new carpeting, upgrading toilets, new lighting and internal decoration as well as repairing fixed furniture outside the courthouse and providing shade.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the projects would create a better environment for court users as well as address general maintenance and repairs.
“The upgrades add to works carried out last year under the government’s $9 million COVID-19 stimulus funding for regional courthouses,” Mr Speakman said.
“They’re creating further jobs in areas which were picking themselves up from drought and bushfires when the pandemic struck.”
Works have started at both courthouses and is due to be completed in late June.