CoronorCt_01.jpg An artist’s impression of the Forensic Pathology and Coroner’s Court facility Facade. CoronorCt_01.jpg An artist’s impression of the side view of the planned Forensic Pathology and Coroner’s Court facility
CONSTRUCTION is underway on the new $91.5 million hi-tech Coroner's Court and Forensic Pathology facility on part of the former Lidcombe Hospital site despite residents' concerns.
Some nearby residents are less than impressed that their concerns in relation to heritage and traffic have not been dealt with.
The State Coroner's Court and morgue at Glebe are being closed down after nearly 50 years. Health Minister Brad Hazzard says the new facilities will be world-class, with the best coronial set-up in Australia.
"It will be the biggest of its kind in Australia, providing a better and more collaborative work space for staff and a much better space for grieving families."
Attorney General Mark Speakman said that while the former facility had served the state well, it could no longer keep up with demands and the new building would see the court double in size, with additional courtrooms capable of hosting large inquests.
"Some of the nation's most high-profile inquests have unfolded in Glebe including the Grafton and Kempsey bus crashes, the Newcastle earthquake, the Thredbo landslide, the murder of nurse Anita Cobby and the backpacker murders," he said.
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