GOULBURN Valley residents who are struggling with their bill paying will have access to free confidential financial and legal advice at a ‘Bring your Bills Clinic’ on Wednesday, May 30, in Shepparton.
The venue is the Wesley Hall, 136 Maude Street, and it will run from 11am until 3pm.
It is being coordinated by the Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre Pilot and UnitingCare Cutting Edge.
The aim is to create a ‘one-stop-shop’ for people to receive some free legal and financial advice and access to other services that may assist them.
Financial counsellors and lawyers will be on hand to help people to have their debt issues discussed.
Key services such as the Telecommunications Ombudsman, Centrelink, Energy and Water Ombudsman, PrimaryCare Connect, the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Consumer Affairs Victoria will also be present on the day.
No appointment is necessary.
Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone said many local people are facing genuine hardship.
“The cost of power and other bills are soaring, and we have the world’s biggest Carbon Tax looming on the 1st of July.
“Many are worried that they will not be able to pay their bills, even with the small compensation some will be paid”.
The Footscray Community Legal Centre has run ‘Bring your Bills Days’ in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs over a number of years. These events have assisted many people deal with debt problems.
This will be the first clinic of its kind regionally.
“While no money is paid towards bills, the advice given could be invaluable,” Sharman Stone said.