Monday, 2 July 2007

Tennant Creek Legal and Support Service

Indigenous communities in the remote regions of the Tennant Creek Local Government Area will soon have increased access to legal and support services, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced.
“We welcome the appointment of the Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit as the new service provider in the Tennant Creek Local Government Area (LGA),” Mr Ruddock said.
“These services will provide legal and support services to Indigenous Australians who are victims of family violence or who are at immediate risk of such violence. The unit will provide services for communities in the Tennant Creek Local Government Area (LGA).”
The Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit, based in Alice Springs where it already provides services, is hosted by the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service.
The appointment of this service provider is part of the Government’s commitment to increase the number of units in the Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Legal Services program by five this financial year, taking the total number of units nationwide to 31.
Four other services were announced earlier this year in Broken Hill LGA , New South Wales, Port Lincoln LGA , South Australia, and South West of Western Australia, including Albany, Mt Barker, Katanning, Kojonup, Gnowangerup, Tambellup and Jerramungup, and Broome LGA in Western Australia.
“The announcement of the Tennant Creek service completes the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services expansion announced in the 2006 Federal Budget,” Mr Ruddock said. “The Australian Government is committed to making these services operational as soon as possible to tackle family violence and assist the needs of communities in rural and remote parts of Australia.”

Source: Ministerial media release

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