Car to deliver legal advice to community

Chloe FraserHarvey-Waroona Reporter

SOUTH West Community Legal Centre received a Lotterywest grant for a new car to help the centre continue its outreach work.

The centre provides legal and mediation services to disadvantaged and vulnerable community members across the South West including weekly visits to the Shire of Harvey.

Centre chief executive officer Julie-ann Lorca said the new vehicle would help the service meet client needs.

“Having a new car is a wonderful step forward for us,” she said.

“It will mean we can continue to reach as many people as we can across the region and will provide a consistency for staff to have a reliable vehicle to access those sites.”

Mrs Lorca said the services were in demand at the eight regional locations and the organisation had grown significantly in the past few years.

“We have provided services to more than 1600 people last year and received about 2500 information requests,” she said.

Mrs Lorca said community legal centres across the nation had faced significant funding cuts since July and the new vehicle would help the organisation manage costs.

“Community legal centres are facing 30 per cent funding cuts from July 1 this year, which will significantly impact those vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our communities who need access to justice,” she said.

“It’s such an important thing for people to have access to these services.

“When they are not able to it overflows to other areas of life and the issues are considerable.”

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