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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Grants awarded to Queensland community legal centres

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Friday, October 04, 2019

    Grants awarded to Queensland community legal centres

    Grants awarded to Queensland community legal centres

     Grants totalling more than $260,000 have been awarded to Queensland community legal centres giving them a much-needed boost to help support those in need of legal assistance and representation.

     Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Yvette D’Ath MP said 27 community legal centres located in the greater Brisbane area, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Toowoomba had each been awarded grants up to $10,000.

    “This cash injection will assist these community legal centres to enhance their digital tools to deliver their much needed services,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “There are high degrees of variability across the sector in terms of availability, accessibility and suitability of appropriate digital infrastructure and support.

    “These funds will certainly help community legal centres to address these issues and allow them to continue their very important work for their community.”

    One organisation to benefit from the 2018-19 grant process was the Moreton Bay Regional Community Legal Service, which provides advice and assistance to empower people in the local community to deal with legal issues in their lives.

    Chief Executive Officer Laurence McMahon said the funding grant would be used to upgrade software and digital hardware to better equip the organisation in its service to the Caboolture and surrounding community.

    “The Moreton Bay Regional Community Legal Service is the only community legal service between Strathpine and Maroochydore on a north-south alignment, and between Bribie Island and Kingaroy on an east-west alignment,” Mr McMahon said.

    “This area is quickly growing and we do service a geographically immense area so it is important that we have an effective and efficient IT system to cater for clients who may be located some distance from their local legal clinic.

    “This cash injection will certainly assist us in taking on the task before us.”

    Other recipients of the 2018-19 grants including community legal services providing advice and assistance to women, people who identify as LGBTIQ+, youths, tenants, environmentalists, prisoners, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Media contact: Richard O’Leary 0447155332

     

     

    Organisation

    Total

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Service NQ Inc

    $9,288

    Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia Ltd

    $10,000

    Basic Rights Queensland Inc

    $10,000

    Bayside Community Legal Service

    $9,343

    Caxton Legal Centre Inc

    $10,000

    Community Legal Centres Queensland

    $10,000

    Court Network Inc

    $10,000

    Encircle Ltd

    $10,000

    Environmental Defenders Office Qld Inc

    $10,000

    Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland Inc

    $9,980

    Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and Advice Bureau Inc

    $10,000

    LawRight (Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Inc)

    $10,000

    LGBTI Legal Service Inc

    $7,676

    Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre Inc

    $8,359

    Moreton Bay Regional Community Legal Service Inc

    $10,000

    North Queensland Women's Legal Service Inc

    $10,000

    Nundah Community Support Group Inc (Brisbane North Community Legal Service)

    $8,932

    Prisoners' Legal Service Inc

    $10,000

    Refugee and Immigration Legal Service Inc

    $9,205

    South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre Inc

    $10,000

    Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc

    $9,967

    TASC National Ltd

    $10,000

    Tenants Queensland Inc

    $10,000

    Townsville Community Legal Service Inc

    $10,000

    Women's Legal Service Inc

    $9,855

    Youth Advocacy Centre Inc

    $10,000

    YFS Ltd

    $9,794

    Total

    262,399