$310,000 UPGRADE OF MURWILLUMBAH COURT
The historic Murwillumbah Courthouse has a new roof and has been made more secure following a $310,000 renovation, Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George announced today.
“The rusty old roof has been replaced and new gutters and down pipes have been installed,” Mr George said.
Mr George said the number of Closed Circuit Television Cameras at the courthouse had increased from four to 15.
“The CCTV network will monitor all key internal areas, including the courtroom and registry, as well as the perimeter of the building,” Mr George said.
“Anyone thinking about misbehaving in court is on notice that their behaviour will be caught on camera.”
The court’s intruder and duress alarms have been upgraded and secure areas of the courthouse will only be accessible by swipe card.
People with a disability will enjoy easier access to the courthouse, following the installation of a new entry ramp.
Mr George said the renovation would ensure the 104-year-old courthouse remained one of Murwillumbah’s most important landmarks.
“The community is understandably proud of its courthouse and the renovation has rejuvenated the historic building,” Mr George said.
“Much of the building’s exterior has been repainted, a new picket fence and gate have been installed and trees at the rear of the courthouse have been trimmed.”
The courthouse remained open throughout the upgrade which took three months.
In a further boost for the local community, the Tweed Valley Justices Association will begin providing Justice of the Peace services at Sunnyside Mall on Wollumbin Street, Murwillumbah from 31 October 2013.
The volunteer JPs will subsequently attend the mall every Thursday from 10am until midday.
The Tweed Valley Justices Association is seeking more volunteers. To become part of the association contact President Margaret Mathers on (07) 5590 4541 or 0408 629 882.