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Bring your bills: free legal help on hand in Dubbo

16 May 2018

Legal Aid NSW will bring a special bill-busting expo to Dubbo to help locals tackle unpaid power or water bills, outstanding fines and money worries.

Locals can drop in to Apollo House at 11 Collins Avenue, Dubbo, between 9am and 2pm on Monday, 21 May, for free advice, and practical help. Lunch will be provided.

“We know how stressful it can be when another letter turns up with the word ‘overdue’ stamped across it,” Legal Aid NSW lawyer Maureen Bates-McKay, who specialises in working with Aboriginal communities to address everyday legal worries, said.

“If you’re having trouble with fines, bills and debts, you’re not alone. We help hundreds of people every year with these sorts of money worries, and we are ready to help you too.”

“Simply bring along any unpaid bills or fines and we’ll talk you through your options. In some cases, it may be possible to have old unpaid bills cancelled for good – giving people who have experienced serious financial hardship a chance at a clean slate.”

This one-off event will include lawyers from Legal Aid NSW as well as representatives from services including Centrelink, Revenue NSW, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT), NSW Fair Trading and the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW.

“This event puts a range of services under one roof, so you can have your questions answered straight away,” Ms Bates-McKay said.

“We can also offer advice about a range of other legal worries – whether you’re having trouble with the landlord, have signed up to a phone contract you can’t afford or you’ve had a disagreement with the boss over your rights at work and want to know where you stand.”

No appointments are needed, but attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive early.