Kununurra Courthouse

 

Kununurra Courthouse

 

Project status: Completed 2014

"Being commissioned to provide the artwork for the courthouse means Waringari Art Centre can continue to employ and support economic independence for local artists and their community," said Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Arts and Business Manager Kathy Cummins.

 

Kununurra Courthouse will provide the East Kimberley community with improved justice services for many years to come.

The court was officially opened in October 2014, and is located on the same site which the original 1970s-era court stood before it was demolished.

The new courthouse includes a magistrate and jury courtroom, mediation and pre-trial conference facilities and a remote witness room, which ensures vulnerable witnesses and children can testify without being in the courtroom.

Royalties for Regions supported the construction of the facility with $41.8 million of funding.

The East Kimberley community contributed to the design of the Courthouse through public consultation, which resulted in a stunning building which blends into its surrounding landscape and reflects the local culture.  

More than 20 Aboriginal artists from Miriwoong country were involved in the project and their paintings have been included in the design of the building.

Justice services in the Kimberley region are receiving further support through Royalties for Regions which will also provide funding for a courthouse for Fitzroy Crossing.