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Now hiring! Employment opportunity for Community Lawyer

Community Lawyer – 0.6 EFT (3 days per week – Contract until December 2019) Are you seeking an opportunity to apply your legal skills in a diverse and stimulating environment that enables access to justice for some of regional Victoria’s most vulnerable community members? We have the role for you! The Shepparton-based Goulburn Valley Community […]

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Will Shepparton lose a specialist family violence solicitor in 2017?

More than 70% of our casework features an element of family violence. In the 2015-16 financial year our service helped with 435 Intervention Order cases. And we assisted 30 Indigenous women at court with Intervention Order matters. We were recently pleased when the Victorian government provided us with an additional $47,000 to allow us to continue […]

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Goulburn Valley Star Weavers pledge 10,000 stars

Goulburn Valley CLC Community Lawyer Acacia Burns (at right) recently graduated from the Greater Shepparton City Council Community Leadership Program. As part of the program, Acacia instigated the Goulburn Valley Star Weavers, a star weave community of the One Million Stars to End Violence Project. The One Million Stars to End Violence Project was artist […]

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A ‘lightbulb moment’ for one of our clients

Sally* is a disability support pensioner. Earlier this year, she approached Goulburn Valley CLC  after she was arrested by the local Sherriff and bailed to appear before a Magistrate in relation to 14 warrants totalling almost $4,500 in unpaid parking tickets, speeding fines and tolls accrued by her ex-husband and her son in cars registered […]

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New Free Legal Advice Service for Benalla

Earlier this month, members of the Hume Riverina and Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centres and Benalla Health launched the new partnership to provide free legal assistance services to disadvantaged residents in the Benalla area from the Ray Sweeney Centre at 45 Coster Street Benalla. Benalla Health has been providing health care to the Benalla community for many […]

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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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Spotlight on family violence’s impact on country women

On the 7th of November, Deakin University’s Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ) launched Landscapes of Violence: Women Surviving Family Violence in Regional and Rural Victoria. The report, written by Amanda George and Dr Bridget Harris, highlights the impact of family violence on women living in rural and regional Victoria. The report asked women survivors of family violence in […]

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Methamphetamine Inquiry highlights postcode injustice

A recent Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the Supply and use of Methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria indicates that postcode injustice is behind the patchy response to the drug in regional and rural Victoria. In 2013 Goulburn Valley CLC made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee. In it we shared […]

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Funding double whammy for CLCs

The recent Federal budget saw funding cuts to many community services, not least Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre, which will lose $200,000 (over 2015/16, 2016/17). But the budget cuts aren’t the whole story. In a double whammy, the Federal government is also restricting the use of their funding to direct service delivery, effectively excluding important […]

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