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14 June 2018


Minister for Justice

Upgrading the Burnie Court complex

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to ensuring that all Tasmanians have access to an efficient and effective criminal and civil justice system.

The 2018-19 Budget includes $8 million to deliver on our Plan to upgrade the court complex that houses the Burnie Supreme and Magistrates Courts.

We are better resourcing our courts and prisons and ensuring sentencing options better reflect community expectations to keep Tasmanians safe.

About 50,000 Tasmanians access the courts in Burnie each year. However, the court complex is outdated and no longer fit for purpose.

This significant capital investment recognises the importance of ensuring regional Tasmania has adequate public infrastructure and access to justic, and will ensure the Burnie Court Complex can continue to service the region well into the future.

A consultation program with all key stakeholder groups is underway to ensure that the upgrade addresses the needs of all court users.

Our commitment to substantially upgrade the Burnie Court Complex will address safety and amenity issues with the existing facility, and ensure that the building is fit for purpose.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on its Plan to provide a facility that will service the region into the future, whilst we remain committed to a two court model for the North-West region.

Tenders for a building contractor will be called by March 2019.