Sun, 04/09/2011

Mary recently joined staff and clients of the Women’s Legal Centre, as well as members of the legal community, to celebrate the 15th birthday of the Women’s Legal Centre.

The event was held at the Women’s Legal Centre’s new premises, the restored Gungahleen Schoolhouse in Lyneham. As some in the community would know, the Schoolhouse was almost destroyed by fire in 2007; however, through patient work the building has now been restored and retains all of its heritage charm.

Since its official opening in 1996, the Women’s Legal Centre has played a key role in the Canberra community.

In addition to providing legal information and advice to clients, the Women’s Legal Centre also refers clients to other support services, runs legal education sessions and undertakes research and lobbying to improve women’s access to justice. Over the last 15 years, the Women’s Legal Service has assisted over 10,000 women through one of these services.

The Women’s Legal Centre also deals with diverse legal issues including divorce and separation, discrimination and unfair dismissal.

As well as celebrating 15 years of assisting women with legal problems, the Women’s Legal Centre also launched its new website, available at The website contains information about the services offered by the Women’s Legal Centre and information about how members of the community can access them.

“It’s truly wonderful to see such a valuable community service provider doing so well,” Mary commented, “the Women’s Legal Centre has made a huge difference to the lives of many Canberrans, both directly or indirectly.

“I would like to personally thank the staff of the Women’s Legal Centre, as well as all the volunteers who assist them, for working so hard for so long. I wish them the very best of luck for the future,” Mary concluded.