The Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre (FKCLC) began in 1980 as a volunteer service based at the Flemington Community Health Centre.
In 1981 it received a small amount of funding that was used to pay a part-time administrator and a part-time community lawyer (Neil Cole). From these very early days, the Centre has had a strong community focus.
As well as providing free legal advice and assistance for local people, the Centre worked together with the health centre to establish the Flemington Tenants' Association, the Tiny Tots Child Care Centre and other community support services to enhance and support the lives of people living in Flemington and Kensington.
It has always been managed by a locally based committee of management that aims to be as representative as possible of this community.
The Centre has moved several times since 1980. In the late 1980s we moved to Kensington Town Hall, then we moved over to 40 Bellair Street, Kensington. In August 2003 we relocated to 22 Bellair Street - the former child maternal health centre building.
Our office is situated in the middle of our community between Flemington and Kensington. We try to be as accessible as possible, by offering generalist and migration legal advice. We try to maintain close links with other community groups in order to strengthen the base of support and activity available in this community.
We work with other statewide and national organisations on issues,that affect people living in our area.
We have five permanent part-time staff, numerous project based staff and a team of volunteers. In order to provide a free service, the legal centre relies on our volunteer lawyers, articled clerks, and law and community development students. Our volunteers are management members, and areinvolved in administration, law reform projects, publications and research.
Our Board is strongly community based and accountable to all members of the legal centre. We try to be responsive to local needs, interests and concerns and welcome any suggestions for change.
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department fund our service. We also acknowledge the ongoing support received from the City of Moonee Valley Council and the City of Melbourne.