IT installation delays opening of court facility
The official opening of Oamaru's new temporary court facility has been pushed back further, following a delay in the installation of the site's IT network.
The facility on Humber St, in the Oamaru Licensing Trust car park behind the Brydone Hotel, was set to open in the later part of June but work was slowed because of poor weather.
The most recent delay will most likely see the facility open at the end of this month.
Courts Minister Chester Borrows says "final touches" are being added to the Oamaru Court facility, where crews have been working since May.
"The construction of the building and the internal fit-out is more or less complete, however some work on the installation of the building's IT network has taken longer than originally planned," he says.
"This work includes the digging of a trench and installation of an underground network cable, and overall IT testing."
He says weather permitting, work should be complete this week.
"Once IT systems are up and running, the building will be officially opened for business. Planning for the opening is under way and I hope to be able to confirm a date soon," Borrows says.
Oamaru's new court facility is made up of three prefabricated buildings which were used as a temporary court facility in Christchurch following the February 2011 earthquake.
A public waiting area, as well as areas for judges and staff, have been designed specifically for use in Oamaru.
Oamaru District Court hearings are being held at the Oamaru Opera House.
Oamaru's original courthouse on Thames St, built in 1883, has been closed since late 2012 because of earthquake risks.
- The Timaru Herald