No changes to Western Sydney Community Legal Centre's federal funding

Victory: Federal Labor MP Julie Owens lobbied for legal centre funding cuts to be overturned.
Victory: Federal Labor MP Julie Owens lobbied for legal centre funding cuts to be overturned.

Funding cuts to Western Sydney Community Legal Centre will not go ahead.

The federal government has backflipped on plans to cut funds in the budget.

The centre feared it will lose $27,000, or 10 per cent of its funding, which would have resulted in less public access to free legal advice to disadvantaged residents.

“It’s great to hear that the government has reversed these cruel cuts to community legal centres,” Parramatta MP Julie Owens said.

“It is a shame that they could not have acted sooner as our local centre has already undergone major changes following notification of the cuts in 2014.”

Formerly known as Macquarie Legal Centre, the Parramatta service amalgamated with Hawkesbury-Nepean and Mount Druitt last year to continue western Sydney services. The manager was recently made redundant due to proposed cuts.

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