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Free Temporary Protection Visas forum

Goulburn Valley CLC and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre are presenting a free forum on Thursday the 2nd of July to outline Temporary Protection Visas and the Fast Track assessment process that will shortly be commenced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Some people will have already received letters from the Department. Anyone who has […]

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Support for Therapeutic Justice project

Our Therapeutic Justice project recently drew on the advice and support of its Shepparton-based Reference Group and a visit to the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and the Drug Court, both in Melbourne. The Therapeutic Justice Program held its first TJP Reference Group Meeting earlier this month. The Reference Group provides high-level support and advice to the project. […]

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CLC input into Shepparton Courts redevelopment

In December 2014, the Committee for Greater Shepparton invited Goulburn Valley CLC and the Goulburn Valley Law Association to participate in a roundtable meeting to canvas our region’s needs for the new Shepparton Court Precinct. Following on from that event, in February our Managing Lawyer, Kaz Gurney, and Georgia Morrissey from the Goulburn Valley Law […]

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Family Violence Royal Commission’s Goulburn Valley insight

We recently made a submission to Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. Our submission drew the Royal Commission’s attention to the report recently published by our colleagues at Loddon Campaspe CLC: Will somebody listen to me? This report mirrors many of our observations and concerns and we concur with its premise that before deciding how best to meet […]

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CLC argues homeless woman’s financial hardship

Mary, not her real name, lives by the river. She doesn’t live in a luxury waterfront apartment. Or a retirement village. Or even a caravan park. Mary is 76 and she lives alone in her broken down car on the bank of the Goulburn River. She is homeless. And all Mary wants is to be […]

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Meet our new Therapeutic Justice Lawyer

We are pleased to welcome lawyer Sejal Amin to our team here in Shepparton. Sejal (who prefers “Sej”) will be working on our Therapeutic Justice partnership with Primary Care Connect. Together with a full-time case worker, Sej will facilitate targeted and effective responses to clients with complex care needs. It’s great to have her on board. […]

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Shepparton NBN Migration Forum

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre are presenting a free public forum in Shepparton to outline their joint NBN Migration Advice Program. The forum will also provide an overview of the Refugee and Humanitarian Family Reunion Program and the options under this program for people who are resettled in Australia […]

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Shepparton is no place for racism

Kate Jenkins, Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission officially launched the Report Racism project at Queens Gardens in Shepparton on Thursday the 12th of February. Local Elder, Shane Charles, welcomed guests to country and the Kaila dungala butja malniga dance group performed a number of spectacular dances to the calls of […]

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Community Legal Centre helps ease farm eviction pain

Recently we were contacted by a client with a mental impairment who was worried that she and her parents were facing eviction from the family farm. A few years ago Becky* borrowed money from a bank to purchase her family’s farm. She also took out a large personal loan from another bank. When Becky fell behind in […]

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Goulburn Valley CLC funding wipeout?

On the 3rd of December the Productivity Commission released its long-awaited report into access to justice arrangements in Australia. The Commission recognised the role of Australian legal assistance providers (including Community Legal Centres) and deplored the high levels of unmet legal need faced by disadvantaged and vulnerable Australians. The Commission recommended an immediate injection of […]

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