by Richard Lenarduzzi
ALS announces location of new Coffs Harbour office
Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) (the ALS) is pleased to announce the location of its new office in Coffs Harbour. The office will be situated at 203 Rose Avenue and will operate Monday to Friday, with staff on hand for everyday matters as well as for urgent and after-hours call-outs.
Chief Executive Officer Ms Karly Warner (pictured above) said the new office is part of an expanded ALS service delivery model for the Northern Region and will be located close to the Coffs Harbour Justice Precinct, the largest justice precinct in regional NSW.
The Court has a range of full-time sittings, including a range of Local and Children’s Court matters. NSW Family and Community Services also have a significant presence in Coffs Harbour.
Ms Warner said: “We are looking forward to starting work from the new permanent Coffs Harbour office, where the demand for ALS’ culturally-safe legal services are increasing.”
The office is expected to open in August.
Meanwhile, the ALS outreach service in Grafton will be located at the New School of Arts Neighbourhood House, corner of Spring and Skinner Streets, South Grafton and will be operational from August 2019.
The new outreach service will allow ALS clients and their families the comfort of knowing they can see an ALS lawyer or field officer in a private space, whilst also having access by phone, at court and through community outreach. The ALS will continue to service courts in Grafton and Maclean.
ALS Chairperson Brendan Moyle said: “Our Board is committed to ensuring we have ALS staff continuing to support local Aboriginal communities across the Northern Region. Whilst our delivery model has expanded to include our new office in Coffs Harbour, our frontline services won’t change.
“The Board remains confident that this expanded service delivery model will achieve astronger, flexible, and a more efficient organisation while ‘staying true’ to the Aboriginal communities where we live and work.
“We’re here for our mob,” concluded Mr Moyle.
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