CONSTRUCTION workers plan to lay the foundations of the new Bendigo Law Courts after demolition in the city centre.
The basement and foundations will go in next month, Court Services Victoria's major projects director Mick Carroll said.
"Then in the middle of next year we will get to work with the main construction," he said.
The five-storey building will likely become a benchmark for other new court buildings across Australia and New Zealand because of its safety and technology features, Mr Carroll said.
Bendigo state members Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards were excited workers had finished removing the former TAFE building at the site and to inspect building works.
"This is a massive project for the centre of Bendigo," Ms Allan said.
"It's going to support 390 jobs throughout the construction period. Importantly, it's built into the contract ... that we require local people to get the jobs on their local projects."
Construction is expected to finish at the end of 2022.
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