The State Government has committed $22.15 million for a new Beaudesert courthouse.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said the project was flagged as a priority in the 2022-23 Queensland Budget.
“I visited the Beaudesert Courthouse last year and met with Magistrate Mossop to discuss the much-needed upgrades to the building, including better access for victims of DFV when they attend court,” she said.
“Once completed, the new building will provide specialist DFV support services that will be client-centred, trauma-informed and prioritise the safety of victims when attending court.
“The new facility will also feature safe access to the court for vulnerable users, a victim safe room, and improved separate entry for persons in custody and detainees via the adjacent Beaudesert Police Station.”
The new facility will be built on the site of the existing courthouse, which was built in 1969.
Demolition and construction are set to start mid-2024, after the planning and design stages. A temporary facility, including a registry office, will be in place during construction of the new courthouse.
Minister Fentiman said the project would accommodate projected population growth.
“Plans for the new Beaudesert Courthouse have taken into account the area’s projected growth, with provision set aside for an additional courtroom when required to meet service demand over the next 30 years,” she said.
“This investment will support the needs of the local community now and for the decades ahead.”
State Member for Scenic Rim Jon Krause welcomed the announcement.
“I am pleased to say that my lobbying to replace the Beaudesert Courthouse has paid off. It is in the budget, and I will keep working to see it delivered,” he said in a statement on Facebook.
“This will bring our court up to standard – it hasn’t been for so long. For too long our region has not seen enough capital investment, and this budget item is a welcome inclusion.
“Our area is growing and replacing or upgrading essential public facilities is a necessary part of good government. I made sure Labor replaced the police station, and while it would have been better to do both the police station and courthouse together, it’s better now than never.”