December 6, 2017

Important Funding for our Community Legal Service   

Anthony Carbines, Member for Ivanhoe today announced Banyule Community Health (formerly known as West Heidelberg Community Legal Service) will receive a $199,000 funding boost as part of a grants program under the Andrews Labor Government.

The $199,000 of funding over two years will help Banyule Community Health to provide vital legal assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the area.

The funding will include $100,000 to maintain and consolidate a part-time position for a dedicated family violence lawyer over two years. Since November 2016 the Family Violence Service has provided assistance to more than 60 women and their children experiencing family violence.

The remaining $99,000 will enable employment of an experienced family lawyer, to establish a Family Law Service, and will complement their family violence work.

Banyule Community Health is one of 38 community legal centres across Victoria to receive a grant under the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund and the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund.

The grants – totaling $8.9 million – will help support more than 100,000 Victorians each year with free advice and support on a range of legal matters including family violence proceedings and family law disputes.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $24.8 million in new funding to help community legal centres across the state to deliver critical legal services and advice to Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines

“I congratulate Banyule Community Health on their successful application, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the community. Their integrated legal-health holistic service approach has greatly helped to address the complex needs of those who are experiencing family violence.”

“We’re proud to be delivering this funding to Banyule Community Health because it will help to improve access to vital legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most.”

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“The Andrews Labor Government is making access to justice easier and fairer by supporting community legal centres across the state.”

“This funding will help community legal centres to deliver more family violence and legal support services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.”