Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Historic courthouse to receive $200,000 revamp

    21/07/2005 12:00 AM
     
    21/07/05

    The Gallop Government today delivered on a key election commitment to the people of Pinjarra, presenting a $200,000 cheque to the National Trust of Australia for the refurbishment of the historic local courthouse.

    Minister for Peel Mark McGowan said the money would be used to undertake a structural assessment and redevelopment of the building, which was approximately 70 years old.

    “The Pinjarra courthouse is a registered heritage site and holds a special place in the hearts of local residents,” Mr McGowan said.

    “The Gallop Government committed $200,000 towards refurbishing the site before the 2005 election to ensure it is preserved for future generations.”

    The Pinjarra Courthouse was previously managed and occupied by the Department of Justice and has been handed over to the National Trust for conservation refurbishment.

    Mr McGowan said the refurbishment would allow for a range of Government and non-Government agencies to use the courthouse as a place to run community programs.

    “It is important to preserve a building of such significance but also extremely beneficial to use it for the benefit of the broader community,” he said.

    The Department of Justice will continue to be housed at the courthouse. The centre will also house the Medicare Easy Claim booth and a child car restraint fitting service, as well as other agencies providing an outreach service to the local community.

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