Western Australia Attorney General Christian Porter
State Budget 2010-11 – $43.4 Million For New Kalgoorlie Courthouse
Victor P Taffa
Construction of the new Kalgoorlie Courthouse will start within the next financial year after the State Government committed an additional $12.7 Million toward the project.
The $43.4 Million facility will be a four-courtroom complex, with the provision to expand to five courts when required.
Two courts are planned as Magistrates courts, with one designed in consultation with the Aboriginal community. The third court will function as a Children’s Court, with the fourth court having jury facilities for criminal trials of the Supreme and District courts.
The redevelopment will provide new facilities for victims, outdoor waiting areas within the court complex, secure areas for witnesses, jury and other vulnerable court users, alternative entries to the facility and a shared lock-up with the local Police Station, which includes a secure link for the transfer of people in custody.
The relocation of the courthouse to the Government office building on Hannan Street will also ensure much needed stabilisation and restoration of the deteriorating heritage property.
Attorney General Christian Porter said the construction of the new courthouse was approved in 2007 but due to cost increases and competing priorities the project had been put on hold in last year’s State Budget.
“The Kalgoorlie-Boulder community has been extremely patient during this time and I’m pleased to announce the Liberal-National Government is delivering this major project.” Mr. Porter said.
The Attorney General said the extra funding for the courthouse comes on top of the announcement of a new $232 Million, 350-bed Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison committed by the State Government in the 2009 Budget.
“That’s an outstanding investment of more than $270 Million in justice facilities in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region in the past two years.” Mr. Porter said.
“Beyond the commitment to deliver the new state-of-the-art Kalgoorlie Courthouse we have also allocated $52.5 Million for a new Carnarvon Police and Justice Complex, $43 Million for the redevelopment of the Kununurra Courthouse, $500,000 in planning funds for a new Broome Courthouse and $43.9 Million for the expansion of the successful Youth Justice Services into the Kimberley and Pilbara.”
“Overall the State Government has committed several million dollars over four years to build infrastructure, improve job opportunities, and increase access to health, education, family and support services, housing and justice facilities in regional Western Australia.” Mr. Porter said.
“These are all long term measures designed to decrease crime rates.”
“Addressing social disadvantage in our regions is a long-term project that won’t be solved in one Budget, but this Government is taking the first step in long-term crime prevention by tackling the causes of crime in regional communities with the ultimate goal of reducing crime into the future.”