Senator for Queensland Claire Moore today announced a funding boost from the Australian Government of $70,000 for the Suncoast Community Legal Service.
Senator Moore said the additional one-off funding will support the service in their important work assisting disadvantaged members of the community.
“Suncoast Community Legal Service provides a very important role in ensuring people from around the Maroochydore region have proper access to justice and legal services,” Senator Moore said.
“Suncoast provides assistance on a range of legal and related matters to people on low incomes and those with special needs.
“This includes legal advice, referral and advocacy services covering a wide range of legal problems including discrimination, employment, credit and debt, consumer law, fines and family law.
“In addition, the service provides greater access to legal assistance to encourage early resolution of disputes.
“Today’s announcement will be a welcome boost for legal services in the region.”
Attorney-General Robert McClelland visited Suncoast Community Legal Service office in Maroochydore today to make the announcement.
“I am particularly impressed with the level of support for the service from the local legal profession and other volunteers,” he said.
“The Government will continue to support legal services such as this Suncoast to ensure disadvantaged people in the region have proper access to justice.
“The additional investment will help Suncoast Community Legal Service to meet the demand for its services.”
In addition, Suncoast Community Legal Service now operates outreach services across six sites (Noosa, Nambour, Caloundra, Landsborough, Maleny and Pamona) with around 85 legal practitioners volunteering their services.
Today’s announcement comes on top of the Government’s 2010 Budget commitment of an additional $26.8million over four years for community legal service programs.