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Kempsey Nambucca Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program Partnership

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The Kempsey/Nambucca Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program Partnership is one of 12 regional justice partnerships in NSW. The Program partnerships are a coalition of legal and non-legal services.

The aim of the partnerships is to improve legal outcomes for people who experience social and economic disadvantage.

Why are CLSD Program partnerships important?

People who experience social and economic disadvantage often have complex and interrelated legal, health, financial and social needs. CLSD Program partnerships identify areas of unmet legal need in their communities and take collaborative action to address that need.

Systemic issues and problems that are raised by partnerships are regularly fed back to the NSW Legal Assistance Forum, the Law and Justice Foundation as well as other relevant bodies such as the Law Society, ombudsman schemes and government agencies.

How does the CLSD Program work?

Each partnership has a regional coordinator. Face to face meetings of the partners are held four times each year. Information about meeting dates and locations can be found on the Legal Aid NSW website www.legalaid.nsw. gov.au/clsd

The quarterly meetings are a great opportunity for partners to share information about new services, emerging legal issues and legal needs in the region.

Each partnership has an action plan that provides a framework for priorities and collaborative work by the partners. Action plans are flexible and updated regularly.

Kempsey/Nambucca region priorities:

  • Improved access to legal services for inmates at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre
  • Addressing legal issues associated with seniors’ rights and elder abuse.
  • Improved access to legal services and improving legal knowledge of young people through education.
  • Improve access to legal services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people.
  • Addressing unmet legal need for disadvantaged people including people with disability and people experiencing homelessness.
  • Improve people’s ability to manage credit and debt issues.

CLSD Program Projects

Partners use an evidence based approach to respond to unmet and emerging legal needs. Funding is available to support collaborative projects that provide, facilitate or enhance access to legal services in the region.

Projects developed by the Kempsey/Nambucca partnership include:

  • Youth solicitor program at Macleay Vocational College in Kempsey.
  • Community legal education seminars about police powers.
  • Wills clinics for Aboriginal people in Port Macquarie and Wauchope.