Victims of the tragic bushfires in Myall Lakes will be eligible for free legal advice and support thanks to the NSW Nationals in Government.
Nationals MP Stephen Bromhead welcomed the announcement, saying these unprecedented bushfires have devastated communities’ right across the State, and the NSW Nationals in Government are determined to work with people to get them back on their feet.
“Myall Lakes has been one of the hardest hit by the recent bushfires,” Mr Bromhead said. “During this time we have seen an amazing display of community spirit as people rally to support one another. I could not be prouder to be the member for Myall Lakes during this period.
“As we begin to rebuild, the NSW Nationals in Government are determined to make sure this process is as easy as possible during this tough time.”
Lawyers will form part of the wide range of assistance available at LANSW offices at Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour and outreaches at Forster, Kempsey, Taree, Bowraville, Grafton, Macksville, and Nambucca.
These lawyers will be specialists in specialists in areas of law such as insurance, debt, tenancy, social security and financial hardship.
Fires in northern NSW this year have destroyed or damaged more than 670 homes and left many hundreds of people facing the challenge of rebuilding their lives.
This initiative joins a host of other bushfire measures including $15,000 recovery grants for farmers and small businesses, $1 million BlazeAid funding and $25 million to facilitate the clean-up of homes and properties damaged and destroyed by the recent fires.
Free legal advice is available to anyone affected by a natural disaster. For more intensive casework, a means and merit test is applied. Victims of natural disasters are considered priority clients. The LawAccess NSW Disaster Response Hotline is 1800 801 529 or visit www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au.