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Safety And Security Upgrade For Bairnsdale Court

09 February 2020

The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court, improving community safety and delivering on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The $600,000 project is part of the Labor Government’s $58.1 million in funding for the state’s courts in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.

Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll today visited the court to announce the plans for the upgrade, which will bolster the safety of public spaces in the building by creating separate waiting areas, a safe interview room and updated public amenities.

Screens will also be installed in the courtroom to visually separate parties.

Security officers will be supplied with handheld wands to improve safety and reduce the risk of prohibited items being brought into the court building.

The officers will also provide roving patrols and escort services for vulnerable people, including women and children who have been victims of family violence.

The Bairnsdale Magistrate’s Court was built in 1892.

The upgrade works are due for completion in mid-2018.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll

“The Andrews Labor Government is keeping Victorians safe, and ensuring that our justice system supports those in our community who are most in need.”

“These upgrades will provide will ensure that vulnerable people, especially those involved in family violence, attend court in a safe manner.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“The refurbishment planned for Bairnsdale's Courthouse will preserve its historical significance while modernising facilities to deliver on key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.”

Reviewed 26 June 2020

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