Colac residents will have soon have access to safer, more secure court facilities thanks to upgrades at the Colac Magistrates’ Court due to start.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that building works at the Colac Magistrates’ Court are set to start next week, with contracts being signed on Monday. Works are expected to be completed by the middle of the year.
The $330,000 upgrade includes a safe waiting area and interview room. Mobile screening is also being installed to visually separate parties in the courtroom and the Registry area is being upgraded to improve safety.
The refurbishments will help to create a safer experience for those attending court and delivers on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The court will remain open during the building works.
The improvements form part of the Andrew Labor Government’s $58.1 million investment in the state’s courts delivered in the Victorian Budget 2016/17.
Security measures at the building were also improved in December last year, with three court security officers now present on court sitting days.
The new court security officers undertake entry screening and provide a roving security presence.
They also provide escort services for vulnerable people when required, including women and children who have been victims of family violence.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“The Colac Magistrates’ Court was constructed 53 years ago, and these upgrades to the building will increase security measures to make it safer for the whole community.”
“The improvements deliver on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence and will help to separate victims and their perpetrators at court.”
“Everyone, especially those affected by family violence, has a right to attend court in a safe manner, free from intimidation, and these changes will help that to happen.”