STATE ELECTION: Funds pledged for historic Traralgon court house

The Coalition has committed to contributing $230,000 towards developing the historic Traralgon Court House, if re-elected on Saturday.

Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the redevelopment would equip the court house for not-for-profit community purposes in its historic wing and commercial uses in other areas.

“The renovation of the court house will be fully funded to re-purpose it as a venue for all communities within the Latrobe Valley to use for meetings, shows, celebrations and gatherings,” Mr Northe said.

“At the same time, a co-existing ‘commercial’ use, such as a proposed cafe, would enliven the area on a daily basis as well as provide a revenue stream back to support and off-set the public expenditure required for the community use.

Latrobe City Council would commit $115,000 to the project.

Proposed improvements include creating a glass-encased public art gallery, modified disabled access, furniture upgrade, lighting, heating, new entrance and toilet upgrades in the heritage part of the court house, along with garage and toilet block renovations and turning the Franklin Street forecourt into a creative open space.