Cobar Courthouse to benefit from stimulus package

Cobar’s historic courthouse, which was built in the 1880s, is set to benefit from the NSW Government’s $9million investment in courthouse and corrections facility upgrades across regional NSW.
The Cobar Courthouse will receive $230,000 for general maintenance and fire compliance upgrades from the $1.29million allocated to 10 towns in the Barwon electorate.
Cobar received the second highest funding in the electorate behind Narrabri ($687,240) and in front of Nyngan ($150,000) and Coonamble ($80,000).
Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway, said the stimulus projects will boost local economies that have been hit hard by COVID-19, bushfires and drought.
“The NSW Government is accelerating tender and planning approval processes and is committed to prioritising local companies
and suppliers where possible,” Mr Farraway 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.”
Over $1million will be put towards improvements to fire safety of courthouses.
There will also be general maintenance to the courthouses as well as structural repairs to the outside of the building.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro, said the courthouse projects are part of $10billion in NSW Government support measures to underpin our state’s recovery from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The $9million funding forms part of more than $100million 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.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said these investments will put courts in the best possible position to address the busy period ahead when normal sittings resume.