Designs released for Kyneton court’s overdue upgrades

DESIGN plans have been released for the upgrade of one of the state’s most dangerous courthouses for victims.

The 160-year-old bluestone Kyneton courthouse will receive a revamped public entry with disability access, a foyer with separate waiting spaces and interview rooms and a new registry counter.

The design includes a connection between the courthouse and police station, enabling the safer movement of people in custody.

Site preparation works are under way and the the court’s matters are currently being heard in Castlemaine.

The works are expected to be complete by mid-2018.

Victorian attorney-general Martin Pakula visited the site on Friday to inspect the works and discuss improving court safety.

He said the upgrade respects the building’s heritage and would meet the needs of modern court users.

“The new design provides safer waiting areas and visual barriers in court for victim survivors of family violence,” Mr Pakula said.