Published on Tuesday 16, January 2018

Legal advice for residents of Abbotsford St. Public Housing

On Thursday 18 January 2018 between 10 am - 3 pm at the Abbotsford St. Public Housing Estate on Buncle St., IMCL will be running a pop up drop-in legal advice clinic for residents affected by the state government's plans to redevelop ageing public housing estates. No appointments are necessary.

The Abbotsford St Public Housing Estate is one of the proposed sites and as the area's local community legal service, we have taken a strong interest in the proposal and its implications for residents.

One of the key strengths of community legal centres like ours is the ability to respond quickly to emerging legal need. Identifying that residents were receiving relocation notices in the absence of legal help, we've acted quickly to fill this information gap. At the end of last year, on Monday 18 December, our lawyer Molly Williams attended a community meeting held at the North Melbourne Library to inform residents about their key legal rights. 

This pop up clinic will give residents an opportunity to get free and confidential legal advice about their individual situation. 

To find out more about our work concerning this state government proposal, you can read our written submission citing a number of concerns which were also emphasised by our CEO in oral submissions before the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee at Planning Panels Victoria.