Vulnerable locals who need help with legal problems will benefit from the establishment of a new free legal service in the area.
The service will be funded by an additional $15.6 million investment from the NSW Liberals and Nationals government in the community legal sector in the next three years.
More than $860,000 of that extra money has been allocated to the Mid-North Coast Community Legal Centre, based in Port Macquarie, to expand its services into other parts of the Mid-North Coast including Coffs Harbour and Kempsey.
MNCCLC will thus receive almost $1.5 million in NSW government funding in the next three years, enabling it to provide free advice on family violence, consumer law, debt and other issues.
I'm particularly pleased the expanded service will have a special focus on helping the region's young people living in Out of Home Care to transition successfully into independent adult life.
I'm delighted the centre's lawyers and staff will lend their expertise to vulnerable and disadvantaged people, helping to solve their legal issues before they escalate into bigger problems.
Rotary Health van in Port Macquarie
Guys, its time to get your free health check-up thanks to the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise and the NSW government. It is a purpose-built caravan with two consulting rooms that is touring 56 centres in NSW.
It has a full time registered nurse who with the occasional assistance of local community nurses is conducting health tests for regional and rural men in a bid to save lives.
Do you know that many men in regional and rural Australia 'haven't had time' to have a check-up? Many haven't seen a surgery door for years. It's a ten minute exercise that often saves lives by checking blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels and cholesterol.
The van will be in Port Macquarie next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 -22 between 10am and 4pm, parked at the Town Green.