The Federal Liberal Government planned to cut $74,000 annually from Wyong Community Legal Centre in the 2017 Federal Budget. Without this funding, the service was faced with the decision to cut either a director or the Aboriginal access worker, resulting in the loss of free legal advice for some of our most vulnerable local residents.
The legal sector fought hard against these cuts. Emma fought against them in parliament. This is a big win for our community.
The work of community lawyers, like Olenka, Ryan, Naomi and Rhonda at Wyong Community Legal Centre, is immensely valuable for our community. They keep families together, keep people out of jail and employed and protect those who need it most. Funding cuts should never have been an option. Central Coast Community Legal Centre spokesperson, Ryan Flippence, welcomed the news as a step in the right direction. Their service helped nearly 6,000 people last year, but also turned away more than 1,600 others because they didn't have enough resources to provide services to everyone on the Central Coast who can’t afford to pay a lawyer.