Delay on court house upgrade is finally over
CONSTRUCTION on refurbishing the Kingaroy Court House will start at the end of the month.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said she was glad to see it finally going ahead after work was projected to start in mid-2015.
"That was a project that was fully funded by the LNP. It was something I fought hard for as I worked in the court house," Mrs Frecklington said.
She said changes to the court house would include a lift for disabled access to the main court room and more space for when both district and magistrates court sat in Kingaroy.
"The exciting part of the build is connectivity between the court house and police station. There were lots of issues in the past of people in custody doing a runner from the court house," she said.
The $5.3 million contract for the work was awarded to FK Gardner and Son Pty Ltd in Toowoomba.
South Burnett subcontractors will also be involved in the construction.
A spokesman from the Department of Justice and the Attorney-General said preparation for a temporary court house across the road at 157-163 Kingaroy St should be finished by the end of March.
Work on the existing court house will start in March and will be finished by the end of the year.
"The scope of the project has been substantially increased to include an additional courtroom, which will double as a conference room, and additional rooms for legal representatives and court services such as domestic violence support groups," he said.