A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will continue the transformation of central Bendigo with brand new law courts, giving the community the safe and modern facilities they need, while creating hundreds of local jobs.

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards to announce Labor will rebuild the Bendigo Law Courts, delivering the next stage of Bendigo CBD’s revitalisation, as the centrepiece of Labor’s planned construction blitz.

The Andrews Labor Government has backed Bendigo as a great place to live, work and do business. That’s why we’ve invested $60 million towards the new education precinct at Bendigo TAFE, as well as the city’s own GovHub set to house 1000 workers – but we know there’s more to do.

Labor will finish what we started at Bendigo Hospital with a new day rehabilitation centre to complete the $690 million project and build three new stations at Goornong, Raywood and Huntly as we deliver 950 new construction jobs in Bendigo as part of the construction boom.

Bendigo’s law courts are no longer meeting the needs of the community, with just six courts spread over three buildings – including two heritage ones – and no ability to separate offenders from victims, jury members and staff.

We will invest $152.4 million to completely rebuild the Bendigo Law Courts on the former Bendigo TAFE site on the corner of Mundy and Hargreaves Street. This will continue the regeneration of central Bendigo, with the courts’ co-location with the planned education precinct that is currently taking shape.

The new courts, set over three levels, will feature eight courtrooms, two hearing rooms and two mediation suites. Importantly, it will be safer for victims and court staff, with the latest court security systems, secure paths and multiple entrances.

Family violence is our nation’s number one law and order issue – that’s why we’ve invested $2.6 billion to help keep women and children safe. To ensure local victim survivors get the support they need, the law courts will feature a Specialist Family Violence Court with dedicated staff, facilities and services on hand.

The new Bendigo Law Courts will be a Level Two Regional Headquarter Court, which brings together all Victorian jurisdictions, the Federal Circuit Court and specialist programs, including a Family Violence Court and drug court assessment and referral.

Labor will waste no time delivering this landmark project with construction to start in 2019 and completion expected in 2022. The Bendigo Law Courts rebuild will create 450 construction jobs alone and 24 new ongoing ones.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We said we’d build a new hospital, and we did. We said we’d save Bendigo TAFE, and not only have we saved it, we’re rebuilding it from the ground up – but we know there’s more to do.”

“Brand new law courts will provide the modern and safe facilities the community needs, and cements Bendigo’s position as one of regional Australia’s best cities, which is great for jobs and the prosperity of the entire region.

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Whether it’s delivering the best regional hospital, rebuilding our TAFE or getting on with Bendigo Metro, it’s only Labor that backs Bendigo – and now we’ll rebuild the law courts to create more jobs and keep our city great.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Victims of crime should feel safe and protected when they go to court. We will rebuild our courts to make them safer, more secure and to deliver on the landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence to protect women.”

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