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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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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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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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Xmas greetings and opening hours

Before we head off for 2014 we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, colleagues and volunteers a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year! Our office will close for Xmas at midday on Friday the 19th of December and will re-open on Monday the 5th of January. Although we are closed, Victoria Legal Aid […]

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Therapeutic Justice Pilot a first for regional Victoria

In September we were pleased to learn that former Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark had endorsed a Legal Services Board recommendation to fund a Therapeutic Justice partnership between ourselves and Primary Care Connect. This three-year pilot project, worth just over $500,000, will provide for a full-time lawyer and a full-time case worker. The partnership will harness the passion, […]

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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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Report Racism in Shepparton

Shepparton is one of two trial sites selected for a new Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission initiative: Report Racism. This project encourages people to report racism against members of our Aboriginal community. Reports can be lodged online or via the following organisations: Rumbalara, the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, the Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory […]

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Community Legal Education for child contact workers

Goulburn Valley CLC was recently approached by Berry Street to provide a series of Community Legal Education workshops to their child contact service team. These workers facilitate and support supervised contact sessions between parents and children. Supervised sessions can be court ordered or agreed to between the parents. Some of these workers are weekend staff […]

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