Murchison Councils Demand Government Commitment to Supreme Court

The Mayors of West Coast, Circular Head, Waratah-Wynyard, King Island and Burnie City Councils are seeking an election commitment to the redevelopment of the existing Burnie Supreme Court.

Following the State Government decision to not consolidate Court facilities in the Cradle Coast region, the Councils in the Murchison region are now seeking certainty around the funding to redevelop the Court.

The Mayors said a recent review had identified that the Court in Burnie was due for redevelopment.

“A review by KPMG for the Attorney General released earlier this year noted that the condition of the Burnie Supreme Court was sub-optimal, however the State Government has yet to commit to resolving this issue”, the Mayors said.

“The Supreme Court provides a vital service for the entire region, and it is important that the Supreme Court facility is able to cope with the demands placed upon it.”

“The Sustainable Murchison 2040 Community plan identifies Burnie as the regional centre for Murchison. This is a catchment area of approximately 50,000 people who rely on access to the Court and associated legal services.”

“It is no wonder that people do not value the law, when sub-standard facilities are often deemed as adequate by the State Government, particularly in regional areas.”

“The State Election presents a perfect opportunity for funding to be committed to a redevelopment of the Supreme Court in Burnie, and we call on all parties to declare their support prior to the election."

For further information please contact

Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728