The Australian Government will provide $1 million to fund the establishment of a new legal aid office in Kununurra, Western Australia, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced today.
This initiative demonstrates the Australian Government's strong commitment to ensuring access to legal assistance in regional Australia.
Mr Ruddock saidThe people in the East Kimberley region, which include the towns of Kununurra, Halls Creek and Wyndham, will no longer have to rely on 'fly in, fly out' services to meet their legal aid needs.
The new office will provide family law advice and dispute resolution services, to help clients manage family dysfunction and family violence, including child abuse issues.
It will also complement existing indigenous and community legal services, and help create a legal services hub for the region.
It follows an $8.3 million commitment over four years for legal aid services in rural, regional and remote areas, as announced in the 2007−08 Budget.
The Government of Western Australia will also contribute to the operating costs of the new office.