Grants strengthen peninsular community legal centre in East Bentleigh

Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC) will receive $100,000 over two years to boost its ability to help vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, following a series of grant allocations announced today by the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, said the funding for PCLC was vital to ensure that vulnerable Victorians in Bentleigh and throughout the southeast continue to receive support with legal matters.

PCLC is one of 28 recipients of a Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund grant.

The PCLC grant will support its Fines Clinics program, which seeks to assist clients with outstanding infringements, supporting them to navigate the system and resolve their issues. The grant will be used to employ an experienced lawyer to mentor volunteer trainee lawyers so that they can facilitate the program.

The grants fund a range of key frontline resources and programs including legal support for family violence matters; improved access to justice for newly arrived and refugee communities; and online services for regional and remote youth.

PCLC was also one of 23 community legal centres to receive a $52,174 grant from the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund.

The grant is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.2 million commitment to increase the availability of family violence duty lawyers helping victims with proceedings before the Magistrates’ Court.

This critical funding means that PCLC can continue to run vital programs and services, as well as assist victims of family violence in the local community.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bentleigh

“Community legal centres have a critical role in our community by providing essential services to disadvantaged and vulnerable Victorians.”

“The Andrews Government recognises the significant contribution they make to our justice system and we are proud to commit $100,000 from the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund to better support PCLC’s vital services and programs.”

“We are equally pleased to announce an additional $52,174 to help PCLC deliver additional family violence services to our local community.

“These grants will increase the availability of family violence duty lawyers who provide crucial legal services to victims with proceedings before Magistrates’ Court.”

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