Push for more security upgrades to courthouse

Colac’s courthouse needs more safety upgrades and the State Government needs a long-term plan for a new facility, a court activist says.

Colac’s courthouse needs more safety upgrades and the State Government needs a long-term plan for a new facility, a court activist says.

Court Complex Action Group chair Ian Pugh has raised concerns about a lack of all-access toilets, the relocation of Community Corrections officers away from the courthouse, and the need for a link to Colac’s new police station next door.

“It’s good the new police station and safety upgrades at the courthouse are all going ahead, it’s better than it was, but I’m really concerned about whether they’ve thought this through,” Mr Pugh said.

He called on the State Government to make a commitment to upgrading or building a new courthouse before November’s state election.

The State Government funded a $330,000 upgrade at Colac courthouse to provide people with more secure court facilities, which were scheduled for completion by mid-2018.

The government said upgrades would include a safe waiting area and interview room, and mobile screening to visually separate parties.

Mr Pugh said he believed that Community Corrections officers had lost access to an office at Colac courthouse to make way for a family safe space, and instead had to use Colac Police Station’s facilities for interviews during court sitting days.

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