Pinjarra: Old courthouse gets a new lease on life

Shire president David Bolt and Nicole Willis from Pinjarra Connect at the opening.
Shire president David Bolt and Nicole Willis from Pinjarra Connect at the opening.

THE Pinjarra courthouse was packed on Friday night but no-one had been charged with an offence.

They were there were to celebrate the opening of the historic building, now simply called the Court House, which has become a contemporary space in George Street where small businesses, creatives and entrepreneurs can co-work, co-create and co-innovate.

The space offers for hire seven hot desks, a meeting room for up to eight with an audiovisual equipment and teleconferencing capability, and ample room to host workshops.

There is also a maker in residence room that can be booked out by artists, and entrepreneurs, to produce, display and sell their products.

An application process managed by Pinjarra Connect will determine the maker in residence schedule, with facility hire managed by the Shire of Murray.

Applications can be made through the Court House website www.thecourthousepinjarra.com.

Pinjarra Connect representative and Jarra Infusion owner Nicole Willis said Pinjarra had a thriving creative community and having a space available on the main street for works to be showcased was a great opportunity.

According to Shire president David Bolt, the project demonstrated what could be achieved when local government recognised, valued and committed to community-led initiatives to grow and activate its towns.

“Thanks to Pinjarra Connect’s vision and commitment, the Court House now provides networking and business opportunities as well as social and economic benefits for the community,” he said.

The Court House is open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 2pm with the maker in residence from Wednesday to Sunday.

Pinjarra Court House was built in 1938 and is a National Trust of WA property, under the management of the Shire of Murray.

The final sitting was in 2002.