Page 758 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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who did not buy the land is complaining about pollution that does not exist on that land.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, can you guarantee the landholders in the New West industrial park that there is no risk of contamination in the future?

MR CORBELL: In relation to the pollution associated with the Koppers activities, I can assure members of the public broadly that the pollution on the Koppers site does not present any risk to human health or the environment.

Community legal centres—hub

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, you recently opened a new community legal centre hub. Can you please tell the Assembly about this hub.

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. Just over a week ago, I was very pleased to join with staff and members of three community legal centres here in the ACT, along with my colleague Minister Rattenbury, for the opening of the new community legal centre hub, which is now located at 21 Barry Drive in Turner. The new legal hub houses three ACT community legal centres: the Welfare Rights and Legal Centre, the Women’s Legal Centre and Tenants Union ACT. The ACT government provided just over $1 million over four years to these three CLCs to establish this new facility and to assist it with rental and other associated costs. The new hub will, I am sure, be of benefit to those community legal centres.

The Welfare Rights and Legal Centre is providing free legal advice and representation to people on low incomes relating to tenancy, public housing, social security and disability and discrimination law. The Tenants Union provides important services to assist renters when it comes to tenancy matters. And the Women’s Legal Centre provides a broad range of legal services, including advice, representation and advocacy, for women who might not otherwise have access to legal assistance. In particular, the Women’s Legal Centre provides legal assistance to women in the ACT through its face-to-face appointments, its night-time legal service and casework.

This new community legal centre hub has been very well received by the three community legal centres. It certainly provides them with more modern accommodation, and I am very pleased that the government has been able to implement its parliamentary agreement item for the facilitation of this new service, one that will enable those centres to bring in more staff as needed to collaborate more efficiently and effectively—indeed, potentially to see more pro bono capacity able to be housed in the premises. I know that the opening was a milestone for the three CLCs and I was very pleased to officiate at the opening of the centre.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

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