Ringwood Magistrates Court

Ringwood Magistrates Court

Ms RYALL (Ringwood) — (12 137) My adjournment request is of the Attorney‑General, and I am glad he is in the chamber this evening. It relates to land open for an expression of interest (EOI) at 33 Ringwood Street, Ringwood. My request and the action I seek is that the Attorney‑General very promptly submit an expression of interest for the land prior to EOI closure on 15 December. The land is adjacent — right next door — to the Ringwood Magistrates Court and across the road from the Ringwood police station.

Given population growth in the area, the very large catchment the court services and the escalation of crime, over time the court will need to be able to expand to meet the demands placed on it. It will also need to ensure it can continue to provide efficient and effective services to the community it serves. There will come a time when the court needs to expand and be refitted; it is quite tired. In order to maintain that continuity of efficient service provision, it makes perfect sense that this land be acquired so that that can happen. At the back of the land is a Victoria Police car park, so it also makes sense that a future development may be able to integrate that car park to maximise the use of the land. Having the capacity to expand might also mean that other services could be provided for people attending the court, such as drug and alcohol counselling, relationship support, behaviour change training and so forth.

Obviously this is a once‑only opportunity. It would be remiss of the government not to take up this opportunity. The court needs to expand as necessary, and as the time comes for that to happen it should be able to do so, rather than having to relocate and build an entire new court at significant additional cost. Given that the Attorney‑General is in the house tonight, I certainly hope that he will give this matter consideration and within that consider the future needs of the Ringwood Magistrates Court and the local community.