Our main administrative offices are in Broken Hill, however our operational area extends across the vast west of NSW, from Tibooburra in the north to Wentworth in the south and Wilcannia and Ivanhoe in the east. We conduct regular outreach activities to provide support to communities of the far west. This map shows the main population centres we serve.
We trust our co-workers and our collective capacity to deliver high standards of service to our clients.
We treat our colleagues and our clients with respect.
We pursue collaborative approaches to problem-solving and service improvement.
We are guided by our strong focus on the needs and interests of our clients.
We fulfil our roles with professionalism, honesty and integrity.
We celebrate diversity in our workplace and our communities.
We apply cultural awareness and sensitivity in all aspects of our work.
Far West Community Legal Centre Ltd has been operating since July 2000. We serve communities of the Far West and provide a range of services to people most in need including free legal advice and representation, and support services.
We are funded by federal and state governments to provide services within four programs. Our management structure includes a Board of Directors, an executive management team and managers for each of our funded programs. We provide the following services to our communities:
Legal information & advice
Community education and engagement
Home and court support
Counselling and referral
Where the Centre cannot assist, we will refer clients to one of our pro-bono partners or to other services that can meet their needs.
The Board of Directors aims to reflect the diversity of the people who live in the far west region. Current members are:
Chair - Martin Bass
Director - David Alexander
Director - Jonathan Alt
Secretary/Public Officer - Bianca Cattonar
The Centre was formed as a result of a Federal Government initiative that identified a need for more accessible legal services in the Far West region of New South Wales.
A public meeting was called in 1999. An interested group of people formed an incorporated association and made a submission for funding. The submission was successful and the management committee established a community based legal service. Our Centre opened on 18 July 2000.