Home' The River News : July 12th 2017 Contents 2 – The River News, Wednesday, July 12, 2017
FOLLOWING reforms to the sector,
access to community legal services
across the Riverland are changing.
After the closure of the Riverland Com-
munity Legal Service (RCLS), legal assis-
tance services are now provided by lawyers
from the Southern Community Justice
SCJC executive director Cathy McMor-
rine said Riverland residents would con-
tinue to get high-quality free legal help in
“They won’t have to travel to Adelaide,”
“The key word here is continuity.
“(SCJC) would continue the good work
of the RCLS.
“Its lawyers will continue to provide
free outreach legal assistance in Riverland
towns where those services were previously
“The former Community Legal Service
entered into partnerships with Riverland
community organisations and SCJC is keen
to continue with those partnerships wher-
“This ensures people in need receive the
legal help they require.”
Lawyers from SCJC will provide face-to-
face, free legal assistance in Berri, Morgan,
Cadell, Waikerie, and Lameroo on a regular
SCJC is opening an office at Berri, at
9 Kay Avenue, where they will meet with
clients on a weekly basis.
Ms McMorrine said SCJC offered as-
sistance by phone and video conferencing
to ensure people in the region had access to
legal advice on a timely basis.
“We are working hard to ensure the tran-
sition of services causes minimal disrup-
tion to both existing and new clients in the
Riverland,” she said.
“With the approval of clients, the client
files from the old legal service have been
transferred to the new service.
“This ensures clients will continue to re-
ceive the legal help they require to address
the problem they are dealing with.
“In short, it ensures they continue to
have a community legal centre lawyer in
their corner to help them resolve their
Riverland residents in need of legal as-
sistance can start by calling 1300 366 424 for
legal advice, information, and assistance.
The hotline is now the first point of
contact for people seeking legal help, and is
open from 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays.
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TOP: Cadell’s boat ramp before the $180,000 upgrade.
ABOVE: Cadell’s brand new boat ramp is now
One boat ramp opens,
and another closes
CADELL’S newly upgraded
boat ramp has opened for
business – and just in time.
Mid Murray Council (MMC)
have spent a combined $180,000 in
conjunction with the State Gov-
ernment to upgrade the Cadell
boat ramp, and Morgan’s boat
ramp is next on the list.
MMC infrastructure services
director Greg Hill said the Cadell
boat ramp was in poor condition.
“There was a large drop-off
from the concrete into the water,”
“It was a safety issue because
it couldn’t be seen from the ramp,
and the concrete itself was fa-
Morgan is getting ready to
close off its boat ramp after the
school holidays, and will be un-
available to the public as of July
MORGAN’S boat ramp is set to undergo
repairs after the school holidays.
PHOTOS: Sonia Fowler
Free legal services to remain local
Locations and times SCJC lawyers are
Waikerie Community Centre – second Tuesday
of every month
Morgan Medical Centre – third Thursday of
Cadell Training Centre – third Thursday of every
Lameroo – location and time yet to be deter-
9 Kay Avenue, Berri – weekly
Legal assistance services are still pro-
vided to Riverland residents locally.
SOUTH Australia’s sentencing laws
will give courts the ability to impose
two additional types of sentence:
community-based orders and intensive
The reforms aim to better protect the
community, while giving greater flexibility
to the courts in sentencing to support the
rehabilitation of offenders.
Attorney-General John Rau said the new
legislation was all about public safety.
“The protection of the community is the
number one consideration,” he said.
“All other sentencing consideration is
“Sentencing options will help deliver
better results for the community while
helping support those offenders for whom
rehabilitation is a very real prospect.
“Through community-based orders or
intensive correction orders, people can
maintain the elements that can aid their
rehabilitation – such as maintaining em-
ployment and retaining links to their family
while ensuring strict enough conditions to
protect the community.
“But only if it is safe for the community
to do so.”
Intensive correction orders offer a fur-
ther level of protection, while better sup-
porting the rehabilitation of those offenders
for whom a sentence of imprisonment is not
Sentencing laws put community safety first
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