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New CLCs open shop

Briefs

Cite as: (2005) 79(11) LIJ, p. 12


The state government has taken the next step in fulfilling a Budget promise to open four new community legal centres (CLCs) in outer suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls announced on 6 September the location of the three CLCs to be opened in suburban Melbourne.

They will be situated in Cranbourne, Melton and Boronia. They will begin operation as soon as the administrative and logistic details are finalised by the supervisory CLCs.

The fourth promised CLC, in Bendigo, has already opened.

The four CLCs were promised by the state government in April as part of the 2005/06 Budget.

Mr Hulls said the new CLCs have been placed in areas that had large numbers of disadvantaged and vulnerable people, had populations in excess of 200,000 and had a need for more legal services.

“Many people do not receive the support they need because of lack of services, lack of awareness of their rights or because they can’t afford legal advice,” he said.

“Early intervention is the key to resolving problems before they escalate to the court system and CLCs are well placed to provide this service.”

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