New entrance planned for Bundaberg Courthouse

Bundaberg Courthouse
Bundaberg Courthouse will soon get a facelift.

The Queensland Parliament heard yesterday that 50 jobs will be created during renovation works at courthouses in Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Mackay.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath made the comment during a speech on facility upgrades across the state.

“Bundaberg will see a new front entrance, security checkpoint and upgraded amenities and window system,” she said.

“These upgrades are great news for locals and Queensland-based contractors thanks to the Palaszczuk government's Charter for Local Content built into all construction tenders to encourage the use of local businesses and subcontractors wherever possible.

“There is no doubt that Queensland courts are among the busiest in the nation.

“I thank our judicial officers and court staff for their hard work and determination to provide efficient and accessible court services to the community and I thank those who are helping build and enhance courts statewide.”

The Opposition has called for a new courthouse to be built in Bundaberg.

MP David Batt said space inside the Bundaberg Courthouse is so limited that prospective jurors for trials can't fit inside and people seeking legal advice on issues such as domestic violence have limited opportunity to speak in private.

“It's good to hear that the government has allocated up to $1.8 million to undertake refurbishment work on the courthouse, but I think that money would be better spent towards a contemporary facility,” he said.