An advocacy group will apply for funding for a Community Legal Centre pilot program on the New South Wales mid-north coast
Community Legal Centres provide help and advice for people who are disadvantaged or struggling financially.
Catherine Peek from Disability Advocacy NSW says there are no centres between Newcastle and Lismore.
Ms Peek met with the Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland in Port Macquarie to discuss how to get a centre for the mid-north coast.
“It was a really positive meeting,” she said.
“He’s made some suggestions to the group and one of those suggestions was to apply to his department for a small amount of pilot project funding.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to set up a pilot in the area over the next couple of years to get something off the ground.
Ms Peek says she thinks there is a huge need for a community legal centre in the region.
“We’ve got an ageing population, a high Indigenous population and more and more migrants and refugees,” she said.
” I think all of those groups would great benefit in having a centre where they knew that they could get free and accessible legal advice for any issue.”