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The multi-million dollar transformation of Kalgoorlie's heritage-listed Government office building and former Post Office and Wardens Court into a contemporary courthouse is now complete.
When officially opening the new Kalgoorlie Courthouse in Hannan Street on the 22 November 2013, Premier Colin Barnett said it had been constructed with the current and future needs of the community in mind.
"The courthouse represents the State Government’s vision and commitment to building high-quality infrastructure and providing enhanced service delivery to regional Western Australia," Mr Barnett said.
"The investment in the courthouse has the additional benefit of restoring and preserving this historic landmark in the Goldfields that can be appreciated by future generations."
Attorney General Michael Mischin acknowledged the contribution of the community reference group in representing local interests on the redevelopment of the courthouse, which now had some of the most advanced facilities in WA.
"By working together, the Government and the local community have been able to create a magnificent civic amenity that will provide residents with high quality and accessible justice services," he said.
The $41.7 million facility is a four-courtroom complex, with provision to expand to five courts when required. It has three magistrates' courtrooms and one jury courtroom. A flexible design allows for the addition of a fifth courtroom to meet the future needs of the community.
The court will commence full operations from Monday 2 December 2013.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder community made a significant contribution to the design and redevelopment of the iconic landmark.
A Community Reference Group established in 2007 represented the diversity of the Goldfields-Esperance region and worked closely with the Department of the Attorney General to assist in ensuring the design of the courthouse reflected local cultures.
Indicative of this is the emphasis on the indoor-outdoor connection captured visually and physically with the tilt-up glass doors which border the entire length of the public gallery.
The incorporation of landscaped outdoor waiting areas provide space for interactions and alternative paths of access for the variety of court clients. Aboriginal art is a highlight and the ochre interior colour scheme reflects the surrounding landscape.
Department of the Attorney General
208 Hannan Street
KALGOORLIE WA 6430
Phone: 9093 5300
Last Updated: 28-Nov-2013
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