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Court construction set to begin this year

Construction is expected to begin before the end of the year on the new Alice Springs Supreme Court.

“The Government has signed a 20 year lease for Supreme Court facilities in a brand new building on the old Commonwealth Bank site,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

“I am thrilled to say we should see work underway before year’s end rejuvenating this important block of land in the heart of Alice Springs and pumping cash into the local economy.

“The state of the art building will be constructed by local company, 19 Parsons Street Pty Ltd which is owned by local developer Michael Sitzler.

“This is the first time in Central Australia that a major public facility is to be built and owned by the private sector and leased to government, showing confidence in the Alice Springs business community.

“The building will be a focus of the town’s new Justice Precinct, along with the new Greatorex Police Station which will also soon be under construction.

“Both buildings are among a pipeline of multi-million dollar construction projects now underway in Central Australia.

“The Supreme Court is expected to cost $10 million with 95 per cent of the price tag expected to be spent in the Northern Territory.

“The developers anticipate they will procure approximately 70 per cent of all project goods and services from Alice Springs suppliers and subcontractors which is great news for local businesses.”

The Supreme Court building will be mixed-use with the Court occupying the ground and first floors with commercial office space on levels two and three.

The building features a spectacular glass façade, two oval shaped court rooms and associated legal office space, prisoner holding cells, interview, jury and meeting rooms, as well as a café.

It is estimated that up to 150 people, including 8 apprentices, will be employed during the construction program.

The new Supreme Court facility is expected to open in 2016.

Media Contact: Jon Taylor 0417 710687