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Free legal advice clinics announced for Gloucester

27 Jan 2021

Legal services in Gloucester are to be significantly expanded from next month with the relaunch of a fortnightly advice clinic.

Funded by Legal Aid NSW and staffed by private practice lawyers, the clinic will cover criminal, family and civil issues.

The clinic will also advise people experiencing financial hardship and difficulty paying their bills as COVID-19 relief measures start to come to an end in March.

Anna Burley, CEO of the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group, says Gloucester was identified as an area of need because of its distance from existing services.

She said services would not be subject to a means test, but that booking was essential.

“We identified particular need for advice on family law matters in the Gloucester area,” she said.

“Getting advice at an early time can make such a positive difference to the outcomes of divorce and separation.

“There will be five 30-minute appointments available every fortnight, and they’re expected to be popular, so early booking is highly recommended.

“It gives me great pride to host these clinics, especially for the people in our community who need it most.”

Help will be available for a wide range of issues such as:

·         going to court,

·         apprehended domestic violence orders (ADVOs),

·         fines and traffic offences and driver licence suspension,

·         debt and money,

·         car accidents,

·         family law and divorce,

·         buying goods and services,

·         Centrelink and NDIS.

Where: Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group, 88 King St, Gloucester.

When: First and third Monday of each month, 10am – 12.30pm.

How to book: Contact the neighbourhood centre on 6558 2454.

MEDIA: William Verity (02) 9219 5669 or 0436 610 649