Toongabbie Legal Centre celebrates 10th anniversary with free seminars

Blacktown councillor Benjamin Susai is the honorary director of Toongabbie Legal Centre, a volunteer service providing free legal advice in western Sydney. Picture: Brendan Esposito

Blacktown councillor Benjamin Susai is the honorary director of Toongabbie Legal Centre, a volunteer service providing free legal advice in western Sydney. Picture: Brendan Esposito

Toongabbie Legal Centre is celebrating 10 years of providing free legal assistance for the western Sydney community.

The service has helped nearly 5000 people in Toongabbie, Blacktown and surrounding areas since its inception.

As part of the 10-year celebrations, the not-for-profit community organisation held free legal seminars covering topics such as rights of seniors, domestic violence and employment issues in suburbs including Seven Hills, Lalor Park, Kings Langley and Doonside.

Toongabbie Legal Centre president Christopher Jurd said he was pleased the organisation could mark its anniversary “in such a unique way”.

Justice Margaret Beazley, a NSW Court of Appeal judge and patron of the centre, said she was pleased to see the anniversary celebrated in such a way.

“The centre has provided legal assistance including limited court attendance to nearly 5000 people, arranged many community legal education experiences for the residents in western Sydney over many years and has conducted high quality, low cost CLE [continuing legal education] seminars for legal practitioners,” she said.

“These are extraordinary achievements for an organisation which does not receive any core state or federal funding and is run by volunteers.”

The celebration wraps up this Saturday, October 14, with a fundraising dinner at Blacktown Leisure Centre in Stanhope Gardens.

The money raised allows the centre to pay for insurance, rent, utilities, software and administrative costs.

For more information call 1300 373 353 or go to tlc.asn.au.

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