#330,000 upgrade for Tenterfield Court
Member for Lismore Thomas George accompanied by Deputy Premier Troy Grant have announced a $330,000 project to improve disability access and fire safety at the historic Tenterfield Courthouse.
“People with a disability are entitled to access the same court services as everyone else and this project will make sure that can happen,” Mr George said.
“The entry ramp will be upgraded, handrails will be replaced, tactile indicators will be installed to assist people with vision impairment and bathroom facilities will become more accessible.”
The project will also bring the court in line with modern fire safety standards. There will also be new emergency and exit lighting and signs, while the court’s electrical distribution board structure will be made more resistant to fire.
“Fires often occur without warning and can spread quickly, causing significant damage and putting lives at risk,” Mr George said.
Mr George said the project will provide a boost for the local economy.
“Local tradespeople will complete much of the work, while experts from out of town will be staying at our hotels and utilising our local small businesses,” Mr George said.
Mr Grant said the upgrades will not detract from the heritage value of the building.
“The Tenterfield Courthouse has been among the town’s most important landmarks since the 1800s and these upgrades will ensure it is better protected if a fire breaks out,” Mr Grant said.
“The solutions to disability access and fire safety issues will not require changes to the appearance of the historic courthouse.”
The upgrades are due to begin in April and will be completed in June.