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Townsville Community Legal Service has a strong history of volunteers providing free services to the local community. TCLS was established and operated as a volunteer service several years before it was funded by the federal government.

TCLS began providing free legal services to the local community in 1991 and the first full volunteer roster included many leading lights of the legal fraternity in Townsville.

Some of those lawyers and law firms are still on the evening service roster more than twenty years later.

Our current volunteers include:

Bevan & Griffin
Purcell Taylor
Lee Turnbull & Co
McDonald Leong
Wayne Pennell, Barrister-at-Law
KLP Family Law
Roberts Nehmer McKee
Janice Mayes, Barrister-at-Law
Rowan Pack, Barrister-at-law
Ruddy Tomlins & Baxter
Groves and Clark
Ruhl Family Law
Dillon Bowers Lawyers
Shuttleworth Legal
Shine Lawyers
Slater & Gordon
Hall Payne Lawyers
Brad Robins Legal Centre
Mobbs & Marr Legal

In the early days, the Thursday evening advice service used volunteer intake workers to complete client data sheets, volunteer lawyers to provide legal advice and volunteer social workers and counsellors to offer support and counselling services.

Last but not least, there were rostered law and social work students to observe, photocopy and assist the professionals.

The service continues almost unchanged today with the exception that social welfare services are not available at evening sessions.

Volunteer advice services were provided across a range of venues over time, including:

The Uniting Church at Anne Street, Aitkenvale;
The Aitkenvale Special School;
The Salvation Army House (opposite Stockland);
The Blackwood House office;
The Denham Street office; and
The Sturt Street office

Our volunteers have been recognised for their efforts by awards including the Queensland Law Society's Community Service Award and the Commonwealth Government's Australia Day Awards.