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New look for courthouse thanks to Beenleigh Town Square development

Published: 15 July 2015

New look for courthouse thanks to Beenleigh Town Square development
Mayor Pam Parker and State Member for Waterford, Shannon Fentiman, look over plans for the courthouse redevelopment.

The $9.75 million transformation of the Beenleigh CBD will be boosted by a $1.5 million upgrade of the exterior of the adjacent Southern Districts Courthouse.

City of Logan Mayor Pam Parker said the Beenleigh Town Square project – due for completion later this year – had been designed to inject significant economic and social benefits to the community.

"The face of Beenleigh is changing and it will be home to a wonderful community space later this year that will be a hub for culture while also generating economic growth," she said.

"Council's vision for the space is that it will be home to markets and a café, creating a heart for Beenleigh that everyone can be proud of."

State Member for Waterford, Shannon Fentiman, said the courthouse makeover would be in keeping with the look and feel of the Beenleigh Town Square project, with a refreshed façade and entry area.

"I thank residents and the community for their patience during this project. With works starting on the courthouse this month, there will be a little more disruption. But I believe the end product will be more than worth it," Ms Fentiman said.

"The work will include a new entrance from James St into the courthouse, along with improved access for people with disabilities and landscaping to bring the precinct alive with some green features."

Cr Parker said the announcement came after 12 months of discussions between Council and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General to improve the relationship between the Town Square and the courthouse.

"We have worked collaboratively with DJAG to work out how the courthouse could expand both internally and externally into the future," she said.

"I'm pleased to say that the first stage of the courthouse works will be delivered later this year as an extension of our project using Council's existing consultancy team and head contractor.

"This work will include a new entrance from James St into the courthouse, as well as new landscaping between the courthouse and the Town Square.

"These stage one works set the scene for the future staged expansion of the courthouse.

"I'd like to thank the State Government for working with us and seeing the opportunity to start improving their facilities now as a result of our investment in the Beenleigh Town Square, and we hope the overall vision for the courthouse will be realised sooner rather than later.

"We see partnerships as being very important for the revitalisation of Beenleigh's CBD and we are looking forward to continued investment in this area, especially from the private sector.

Work will start on the first stage of the courthouse redevelopment this month.

For more information on the Beenleigh Town Square project, phone 3412 4247.