Scot MacDonald
3rd Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP have welcomed a NSW Liberal National Government plan to strengthen the Central Coast’s Community Legal Centres (CLC) so they can continue delivering free legal support to local people in need.

This includes the Central Coast CLC based in Wyong and the Court Support Scheme which operate in local courts across the Central Coast.

“We have championed Community Legal Centres on the Central Coast by securing their future in this year’s budget with more than $15 million in statewide funding over four years and delivering a strategy that will provide them with greater stability,” Mr MacDonald said.

Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the $15 million funding boost would provide certainty for CLCs.

“This funding will be provided for CLCs across the Central Coast at Gosford, Woy Woy, Wyong and Toukley,” Mr Crouch said.

“The State Liberal Government is committed to providing free legal help for the most vulnerable in our community.”

The government has already allocated additional money to address critical gaps for CLCs as recommended by NSW Law Reform Commission Chair Mr Alan Cameron AO in his independent review of CLC funding.

“Importantly, funding will be delivered in three year cycles so local Community Legal Centres can plan for the future without fear that the well will run dry.”

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the government’s investment in CLCs would enable them to continue to provide a complete range of legal assistance, including free information and advice, community education and case work.

“Vulnerable people across NSW rely on CLCs for help on a myriad of issues including domestic violence, debt, tenancy disputes and the care and protection of children,” Mr Speakman said.