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History

The history of Townsville Community Legal Service


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A Grass Roots Movement
In early 1990, members of the local legal profession, staff and students of the James Cook University of North Queensland, members of the Townsville...


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First Funding
In September 1991, the Commonwealth Government granted $75,000.00 for the establishment, full–time staffing and operation of the Townsville Community...


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Financial Counselling Joins TCLS
In November 1993, following the collapse of the Townsville Welfare Council Inc, the Office of Legal Aid and Family Services, Federal...


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The Addition of the Consumer Rights Service
In the early part of 1994, TCLS was advised that its funding submission to the Queensland Department of Consumer Affairs was successful. A funding...


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Thursday Evening Sessions
The Thursday evening volunteer advice service continued to be a vital part of TCLS service delivery, with TCLS staff co–ordinating the service and...


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The Start of the Clinical Legal Education Program
A very successful pilot Clinical Legal Education program was conducted in conjunction with the Law Faculty of James Cook University, in mid–semester...


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Late Nineties to early Noughties
During 1998/99, the Office of Fair Trading allocated project funds to TCLS to provide a Consumer Credit Service (CCS). This project consisted of the...


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2005, Funding is the Big Issue
In Queensland, the Honourable R.J. Welford, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice announced increased funding for community legal centres during...


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A visual identity
TCLS completed a project that had been ongoing for more than a decade: developing a visual identity – a logo in other words. At the planning session...


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15 years celebration dinner
In November 2005, TCLS celebrated fifteen (15) years of volunteer evening advice services and ten (10) years of clinical legal studies by throwing a...


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Seniors Legal and Support Service
In the 2006/2007 TCLS was a part of a consortia of centres which, headed by Caxton Legal Centre and supported by grass roots groups, made...


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2006
During the reporting period, TCLS Committee had significant changes including the resignation of Matthew Yates (President), Trish Dyne and Rhonda...


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The year of Larry
In the immediate aftermath of the storm, TCLS clinical legal studies students and staff drafted fact sheets to assist people affected by Tropical...


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2007
At the last AGM it was announced that TCLS had been granted funds from the Department of Communities of $329,146.00 to establish a pilot Seniors...