Statistics point to continued drop in youth crime

Local media has given a lot of coverage in recent times to youth crime in Mooroopna. However, in a recent article in the Weekend Shepparton News, Police Sergeant Louise Richards confirmed ‘there had not been a rise in the number of crimes in the area.’ Her comment is supported by the facts. According to Crime […]

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Rosie Batty urges Shepparton to tackle family violence

Last week Rosie Batty challenged our community to play its part in tackling family violence, and highlighted the impact of such violence has on the workplace and wider community. Ms Batty noted the small number of men attending her presentation but said there were still grounds for optimism. Although we still have a long way to […]

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Majed undertakes Practical Legal Training at Goulburn Valley CLC

Majed Al Tuhmazy recently graduated from a Double Degree Bachelor of International Relations and Law at Latrobe University. He is currently undertaking the placement component of his Practical Legal Training at Leo Cussens with Goulburn Valley CLC. We asked Majed if he had always wanted to be lawyer. ‘Initially,’ he said, ‘I wanted to do […]

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Therapeutic Justice evaluation confirms benefits in Goulburn Valley

In 2015 the Victorian Legal Services Board funded Goulburn Valley CLC, in partnership with Primary Care Connect, to deliver a pilot Therapeutic Justice program in Shepparton. The pilot recognised that the law often intersects with people’s lives without it being aware of its effect on their overall well-being. A therapeutic justice model takes a more holistic […]

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Ceremonial First Sitting of Supreme Court in Shepparton

On 19 May 2018 our Manager & Principal Lawyer, Kaz Gurney, spoke at the ceremonial first sitting of the Supreme Court of Victoria at the new Shepparton Courts. Kaz addressed Chief Justice Ferguson, Justices Osborn and Beach, other members of the Judiciary, local Elder Uncle Bobby Nicholls and Victorian Bar President, Dr Matt Collins QC. Kaz […]

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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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Community legal education sessions for young CALD people

Earlier this year we ran several sessions for young Shepparton residents from CALD backgrounds on a range of topics, including police powers; Public Transport Victoria inspectors; how to report a crime; sex, young people and the law; family violence; and careers in the courts and law. Participants came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, […]

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Our Therapeutic Justice team: Sej (Lawyer), David (Caseworker)

Shepparton Therapeutic Justice Program benefits clients and the community

People rarely present at court with a single issue. They may be charged with only one offence, but underlying health and personal issues often lurk in the background. Unless these issues are recognised and addressed, it is unlikely they will change their offending behaviour. Therapeutic approaches to justice recognise that people’s offending is complex. And […]

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Now recruiting volunteers for 2018

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre is seeking expressions of interest from Practicing Solicitors to join our Tuesday Night Advice Clinic, offering pro bono one-off advice and referrals to clients. GVCLC provide a supervising solicitor and two Volunteer Solicitors to assist with appointments. Appointments commence at 6pm and conclude at 8pm, 40 minutes per appointment. Each […]

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Shepparton Women’s fundraiser helps

The Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter Alliance Advisory Committee recently marked Refugee Week with a film night and fundraiser. About 200 patrons sat enthralled by Queen of Katwe, the true story of a young Ugandan woman from the ghetto who became a world class chess player. Goulburn Valley CLC was the grateful recipient of gold coin donations totalling $210.75, which […]

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