The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade the Maryborough Magistrates’ Court, improving community safety and delivering on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The $30,000 project is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $58.1 million in funding for the state’s courts in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.
Attorney-General Martin Pakula today visited the Court to announce the plans for the upgrade, which will enhance the safety of public spaces in the building with dedicated security officers.
The security officers will operate handheld scanning wands to 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 existing registry counter will also be upgraded to provide a more secure environment for staff.
Maryborough Magistrates’ Court was built in 1892 and is heritage listed.
The 124-year-old building has remained substantially unchanged internally since 1960, when public amenities were added to the rear of the building.
The upgrade works are due for completion in mid-2018.
Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula
“It is crucial that when vulnerable people, especially those caught up in family violence, attend court they can do so in a safe manner, free from threat or intimidation.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is keeping Victorians safe, and ensuring that our justice system supports those in our community who are most in need.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“Family violence is alarmingly higher in some regional and rural areas, and we know that women in regional Victoria are more likely to experience family violence.
“The refurbishment planned for the Maryborough Courthouse will deliver on key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020