ECLC has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of extra funding for its vital work over the next two years.
ECLC will receive a total of $300,000 over this period, to continue and extend its work, across a range of programs.
Michael Smith, CEO of Eastern Community Legal Centre, outlined that the resources will particularly focus on the Centre’s family violence and Yarra Ranges services.
“ECLC assists community members affected by family violence in a wide range of circumstances, from early signs of concern, through to the Court process and beyond. These survivors, predominantly women and children, live right across the Eastern region and we need to work closely with and in these communities to be effective.
“This funding is crucial for us to provide the holistic legal services that assist the most vulnerable people in need,” said Mr Smith.
The funding will also enable the Centre to continue its successful Dandenong Ranges outreach service in Monbulk. Around 30 clients have been assisted by this new service since it commenced in June.
The Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane, outlined his support for this vital work.
“We’re proud to be delivering this funding to Eastern Community Legal Centre because it will help to improve access to legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most.
“I congratulate Eastern Community Legal Centre on their successful application, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the Eastern Metropolitan community,” Mr Leane said.