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Issued: 14 February 2014[PDF, 91kb]
Attorney General Greg Smith SC and Member for Maitland Robyn Parker have inspected renovations at Maitland courthouse ahead of the resumption of court sittings on Monday. "We are proud to have given this beautiful 1896 building a $1.1m facelift, which has improved both its look and its functional use," Mr Smith said. Renovations have included: · Improvement to disability access and fire safety, including fire detection system, emergency and exit lighting systems; the replacement of the roof with slate tiles, replacement of gutters, downpipes, flashings and hydraulics; repairs to the clock on the historic clock tower; improved courtroom air conditioning; replastering, repainting, recarpeting, new furniture The court was closed from early November, and sittings will resume on February 17. "This historic courthouse was the pride of the town when it was first opened in 1896. Children finished school early to watch the procession, which included a band and horse drawn carriages," Ms Parker said. "The court's beautiful clock tower is still a symbol for the people of Maitland and I am delighted the clock has been repaired and is now working on all four sides," she said. "The original slate tiles were regarded as 'the best quality slate in the world' and it is great that in this renovation we've been able to match these original slates with a new 'heather blue' slate, and replace the colourbond section of the old roof with slate tiles as well." "I am very proud of our restored court and congratulate all the workers for the excellent job they have done," she said. The landscaping design has been approved and is expected to be completed in coming months. Remediation work is continuing on the remaining plane tree. New public seating will also be installed outside the courthouse. "Once the landscaping is completed, the people of Maitland will be able to see their courthouse in its full glory. But from next week it is back to business in this historic local court."