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Lawyers hit the road to support disaster-affected communities

4 Mar 2020

Legal Aid NSW lawyers have stepped up to support disaster-affected communities from Tenterfield to Tumbarumba.

More than 50 lawyers have been on the road attending disaster recovery centres and community recovery meetings across much of NSW. At one location on the Central Coast alone, our lawyers provided more than 370 advice services to people who had been affected by both fires and floods.

The Disaster Response Legal Service NSW has continued to receive calls from people seeking legal help as the bushfire threat has been replaced by destructive storms and downpours in many areas.

Legal Aid NSW disaster recovery lawyers have provided more than 160 telephone legal advice services over the last two months. Insurance continues to be the most common topic on which people are seeking legal help, accounting for almost half of all legal advice services provided, followed by eligibility for disaster welfare payments (13 percent) and neighbour issues (11 percent).

CEO Brendan Thomas said Legal Aid NSW was committed to assisting people affected by the state’s summer of wild weather.

“I’ve been heartened by the dedication displayed by our staff in response to what has been an unprecedented summer of suffering for communities around our state,” Mr Thomas said.

“Many of our staff have travelled long distances, often on weekends and late into the night, to ensure people affected by these recent disasters have access to quality information and advice.

“Others have stepped up to support their communities even as their own properties have come under threat.

“Recovery from these events will be measured in months and years, not weeks, and I know our lawyers will continue to work with communities for as long as the legal need is there.”

For information or to access legal support, visit disasterhelp.legalaid.nsw.gov.au or call the Disaster Response Legal Service NSW on 1800 801 529.