Steph Cooke stands on the steps of the Young Courthouse. She faces the camera.
Steph Cooke MP at the Young Courthouse.

Cowra and Young are two of 63 regional areas to benefit from a $9 million investment in fast tracking the delivery of courthouse and corrections facility upgrades across regional NSW.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro, and Attorney General Mark Speakman said the stimulus projects will boost local economies that have been hit hard by COVID-19, bushfires and drought.

Young Courthouse will benefit from $30,000 in general maintenance and fire compliance work, while Cowra Courthouse will receive $80,000 for fire compliance work.

“As part of keeping people at work and keeping money flowing through regional towns, the NSW Government is reducing red tape and is committed to prioritising local companies and suppliers for work where possible,” Ms Cooke said.

“It means tradies will be on the tools in record time, creating vital job opportunities for locals who need our support more than ever during this tough economic period. There will also be general maintenance to the Young Courthouse, as well as structural repairs to the outside of the building.”

Mr Barilaro said the courthouse projects are part of $10 billion in NSW Government support measures to underpin our state’s recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $9 million funding forms part of more than $100 million for regional stimulus announced last month.

“This package aims to provide a swift and significant injection into regional economies and to that end, the majority of projects will begin this month and be completed this year,” Mr Barilaro said.

Mr Speakman said these investments will put courts in the best possible position to address the busy period ahead when normal sittings resume.

“Carrying out renovations during the period of reduced court sittings in place to help manage the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic makes sense because fewer disruptions mean the work can be completed faster,” Mr Speakman said.

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