Election promise to give easier access to free legal advice
MORE free lawyers will soon be available to help disadvantaged Fraser Coast residents, thanks to $400,000 in Federal Government funding.
The boost will allow Hervey Bay's Taylor Street Community Legal Centre to hire new front-line staff and provide more access to high quality legal advice.
The centre's principal solicitor, Melissa Seymour-Dearness, said the service currently provided advice 1200 times a year and the new funding would allow this number to increase.
Labor candidate for Hinkler, Leanne Donaldson, said the local community deserved access to high-quality legal advice, and community legal centres were an important part of any strong community.
She said legal issues could be confronting and tough, particularly for those without the means to pay top rate for expensive lawyers.
The additional funding would really make a difference by allowing the service to expand, she said.
"That's why this announcement is so important - it will help relieve the stress many families feel during difficult times."
The federal funding is part of an extra $33.5 million given to Community Legal Services programs across Australia.