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$7 Million legal support for flood affected communities in NSW

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Media Release

Cabinet Secretary
The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP

Attorney General
The Hon Mark Speakman SC MP

Joint media release

Flood affected communities in NSW will be able to obtain free legal advice as a result of a $7 million Commonwealth funding investment to aid ongoing relief and recovery.

Commonwealth Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the new funding for community legal services in NSW meant people will have ongoing ready access to free, independent and confidential support to help navigate legal problems including insurance claims, housing and tenancy rights, employment issues and social security, credit and debt, domestic violence, destroyed documents and parenting arrangements.

“These devastating floods have taken every material thing from those affected. The Commonwealth’s extra funding for Community Legal Centres means they’ll now have the legal assistance they need to help rebuild their lives,” Mr Dreyfus said.

“Every part of people’s lives is impacted by these natural disasters and we want to ensure that legal assistance is available to them at this critical time.”

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said the funding will help Community Legal Centres (CLCs) continue to support people through the ongoing flood recovery.

“The floods wreaked havoc on our state,” Mr Speakman said.

“In the challenging aftermath of a natural disaster free legal assistance is crucial, especially to people who are socially and economically disadvantaged.”

Seven CLCs will each receive $250,000 per year, over four years:

  • Northern Rivers CLC
  • Shoalcoast CLC
  • Mid North Coast Legal Centre
  • Illawarra Legal Centre
  • Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains CLC
  • Welfare Rights Centre
  • Tenants’ Union of NSW

Further information about the services being provided by CLCs is available at the Community Legal Centres NSW website.