Dean welcomes courthouse revamp
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has welcomed the agreement between the Waitaki District Council and the Department of Justice that will lead to the restoration and re-opening of Oamaru's historic courthouse.
The announcement was made yesterday by Justice Minister Amy Adams who said she had earlier tasked officials to work with the council
to find a lasting solution.
Mrs Dean said the collaborative work between the council and Justice Department officials began last year and the result as announced was a win-win situation for everybody involved with and serviced by the Court as well as the community at large.
"Earthquake strengthening work on the courthouse will take the rest of this year so hopefully the revamped and strengthened courthouse will be open around Christmas. The temporary building now being used to handle court matters will then be removed.
Mrs Dean said she was impressed the parties involved in the negotiations were also able to agree on maximising the building's potential by making it available for civic and public matters such as civil defence, community meetings and as an emergency services base when not otherwise engaged on court duties.
"Mostly I'm pleased this much admired historic Oamaru limestone building with its clean, cream lines and style will be made safe and returned to its original purpose."
Mrs Dean said she had no idea what would become of the temporary transit building currently in use as the district's courthouse.
Approved for release by Jacqui Dean, MP for Waitaki, Electorate Office - Thames St, Oamaru