Published on 23 October 2014

In response to a report in today’s Examiner newspaper, Devonport City Council has said is it shocked to hear the State Government is considering a closure of the Devonport Magistrates Court, with the facility a vital link in the LIVING CITY project.

Mayor Steve Martin said “Council’s understanding has always been that the Government is committed to relocating the Magistrates Court from Griffiths Street to a location beside the new Devonport Police Station in Wenvoe Street”.

“Concept plans and preliminary cost estimates for a new facility were presented to the new State Government well before they committed to LIVING CITY during the State election campaign.  Operational efficiencies as a result of the co-location with police have always been part of the conversation. Council never contemplated that making the current site available for large scale retail development as part of LIVING CITY would be at the loss of the Magistrates Court from Devonport ”, Ald Martin said.

“Relocation allowing significant major retail investment in the CBD is only part of the LIVING CITY plan.  Establishing the courthouse in the southern precinct as part of the business and service district forms a broader strategy to create a critical mass of professional and business uses within the City centre and is vital to the success of LIVING CITY”.

“Council has spoken the Attorney-General today and she has agreed to a meeting next week to further discuss the matter. We have been assured that no decisions have been made regarding closing the Devonport Court and we look forward to getting around the table to sort out the facts” Ald Martin said.