$300,000 upgrade of Casino Court
Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and Attorney General Gabrielle Upton have announced that accessing justice will be easier for everyone in the community following a $300,000 upgrade to Casino Courthouse.
Mr Gulaptis and Ms Upton today inspected the improvements to the historic courthouse ahead of completion later this month.
“This project is a win-win for the community – utilising local workers it has stimulated the economy and provided much-needed facilities for one of the town’s most iconic buildings,” Mr Gulaptis said.
The renovations include a new entrance ramp, internal and external handrails, tactile indicators to assist people with vision impairment and more accessible bathroom facilities. The project also focused on improving fire safety with new emergency and exit lights and signs, and improvements to minimize the spread of smoke.
“While our heritage courts are beautiful buildings, colonial architects didn’t give much thought to ensuring they were accessible to all. That’s why the NSW Government is upgrading facilities to make it easier for everyone, including people with a disability, to access courthouses right across NSW including here in Casino,” Ms Upton said.
The NSW Government is investing $10.6 million in improving facilities and removing barriers that have made it difficult for people with a disability to utilise services at historic courthouses across the state.
Mr Gulaptis said the upgrade was designed in consultation with a heritage architect.
“The work has been sensitively designed and constructed to improve fire safety and access to services, while preserving the historic appearance of the courthouse,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Casino Courthouse was designed by NSW colonial architect James Barnet and opened in 1882.