More le­gal ser­vices on of­fer at bureau

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

In ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing ser­vices in Kwinana, Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau launched a new ser­vice in Rock­ing­ham in May.

The bureau’s low cost le­gal ser­vices are now avail­able by ap­point­ments with so­lic­i­tor Ro­mana Simic, who vis­its both lo­ca­tions once a month.

Ms Simic spe­cialises in fam­ily law and worked with Le­gal Aid when she was a stu­dent.

She now works for a Perth­based pri­vate firm as a fam­ily lawyer and de­cided to take on pro bono work with CAB.

“I first head of CAB through my work with Le­gal Aid,” Ms Simic said.

“I made con­tact with the or­gan­i­sa­tion and was al­lo­cated to the Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana branches.

“Fam­ily law has a lot of sel­f­rep­re­sented peo­ple, so even if they just need some ad­vice rather than on­go­ing as­sis­tance, I can help.”

Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau Rock­ing­ham has been as­sist­ing the com­mu­nity since 1979.

With ever-chang­ing so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal scenes, the branch has ad­justed its ser­vices to re­spond to the ris­ing de­mand of the com­mu­nity.

The Kwinana branch has been op­er­at­ing for about 18 months but has just formed a ded­i­cated com­mit­tee with Mayor Carol Adams voted in as the in­au­gu­ral chair­woman.

She hopes the com­mit­tee will be able to de­velop a fo­cus on at­tract­ing more le­gal ser­vices to the branch.

“CAB is here and open for busi­ness and is a great vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Cr Adams said.

“It is a warm-hearted agency filled with peo­ple who want to help.

“We have a clear grow­ing need for this kind of ser­vice in our com­mu­nity and I would like to see more sup­port ser­vices here to meet the de­mand.” CAB is a not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished in WA in 1963, with the aim to pro­vide an in­for­ma­tion ser­vice, link­ing peo­ple with their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

CAB op­er­ates with the as­sis­tance of over 280 vis­it­ing lawyers, me­di­a­tors and other ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and com­prises 10 branches across WA.

There is no as­set or means test for peo­ple to ac­cess the help.

The ap­point­ments will be re­leased two weeks prior the ap­point­ment day.

Call Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau Rock­ing­ham on 9527 6671 or Kwinana on 9439 1251.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau Kwinana chair­woman Carol Adams and vol­un­teer John Creagh.

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