13 May 2019
Funding boost for local COMMUNITY legal centre
Central Coast Community Legal Centre received a funding boost earlier this month with the NSW Attorney General announcing an additional $115,000 for the Centre each year, over the next three years.
The funding will allow the Centre to continue to give vital support to those on the Coast who need legal help, but would otherwise be unable to access a lawyer’s services because of the cost.
Central Coast Community Legal centre offers a free, telephone-based legal information and advice service as well as outreach services at Wyong Local Court and local community locations including Mingaletta in Umina, Toukley Neighbourhood Centre, Yerin, Aboriginal Health Service in Wyong and Wyong Hospital (Mental Health Service).
Last year the Centre provided legal advice and assistance to more than 8,000 local people with legal problems including family and domestic violence, neighbourhood disputes, family law, employment and traffic offences.
CEO of Central Coast Community Legal Centre, Deb Macmillan said; “Our team helps people in our community who may otherwise slip through the cracks of the justice system.
“Our lawyers and legal support team and wonderful volunteers are passionate about helping vulnerable people. We recognise that the problems that people come to us with, aren’t always just about the law.
“We work with other community organisations across the Coast to make referrals or provide information about resources, to help people access the right network of support they need,” Deb continued.
Central Coast Community Legal Centre will use the additional funding to enhance their vital work and ensure that the Centre can reach even more vulnerable people on the Coast.
“We are delighted that the Attorney General’s announcement this week will see an increase of $1.86m in annual funding across the State’s 40 Community Legal Centres and services over next year,” said Deb
While the NSW sector is benefitting from an increase of $1.86 million from 2018-19 to 2020, 10 centres will sadly receive less funding in the redistribution.
There will be parts of NSW where vulnerable people will miss out on access to legal help when they need it,” she continued.
As well as state government funding, Central Coast Community Legal Centre also receives funding from the NSW Public Purpose Fund, Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.