Aug 29, 2012

Funding boost for two Inner West legal centres

Two local community legal centres will get a boost in funding ensuring more people get the legal advice they need.

Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre will receive $80,000 for rent and service delivery assistance while Marrickville Legal Centre will receive $50,000 to help meet demand.

Mr Albanese said providing fair access to justice will always be a high priority for the Federal Labor Government.

“Strong local community legal centres mean access to justice isn’t limited to those who can afford to pay,” Mr Albanese said.

“Marrickville Legal Centre’s assistance spreads far beyond the boundaries of Marrickville with residents of Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield also using it as their local community legal centre,” Mr Albanese said.

“Wirringa Baiya’s reach goes even further, assisting Aboriginal women throughout the state, particularly women dealing with violence issues.

“Community legal centres are at the coal-face of providing legal assistance to those who need it most and this funding boost recognises that.”

The Federal Labor Government’s total contribution for legal assistance services over the next four years will be $1.3 billion and represents the largest commitment in over a decade.