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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON ROBERT McCLELLAND MP

MINISTER FOR FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS THE HON JENNY MACKLIN MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.attorneygeneral.gov.au

1 July 2008 54/2008

24 NEW FAMILY RELATIONSHIP CENTRES OPEN TODAY

From today, Australian families going through relationship difficulties or separation are being better supported with the opening of 24 new Family Relationship Centres, Attorney-General Robert McClelland said.

“The opening of these 24 new Centres demonstrates the Rudd Government’s continuing commitment to Australian families,” said Mr McClelland.

“The centres will work closely with the courts, the legal profession and other family relationship services to ensure families can access what they need so they can work through their difficulties with as little trauma as possible."

“I am confident that this collaboration will lead to better outcomes for families and, most importantly if separation does occur, their children,” said Mr McClelland.

Family Relationship Centres provide a 'front door' into the Family Law system, giving families going through separation expert advice and family dispute resolution services.

Family dispute resolution helps parents to work out parenting arrangements that are in the best interests of their children, keeping their disputes out of the courts.

The 24 new Centres bring the total number of Centres operating in major capital cities and in regional and rural areas to 64.

Details of the new Family Relationship Centres, their locations and contact details are attached.

Information and advice on the range of family support services available can also be found online at: www.familyrelationships.gov.au or through the Family Relationships Advice Line on 1800 050321.

Media Contact: Adam Sims, Mr McClelland’s Office, 0419 480 224. Jessica Walker, Ms Macklin’s Office, 0430 166 633.

Attorney General News Release 2

Family Relationship Centres opening on 1 July 2008

Location Address Telephone

New South Wales Bankstown Ground Floor, 8 Jacobs Street, BANKSTOWN 02 9707 8555

Bathurst 91 Seymour Street, BATHURST 02 6333 8888

Coffs Harbour 24 Park Avenue, COFFS HARBOUR 02 6659 4100 Dubbo 138 Darling Street, DUBBO 02 6815 9600

Erina 213 The Entrance Road, ERINA 02 4363 8000

Northern Beaches First Floor, 651 Pittwater Road, DEE WHY 02 9981 9799

Parramatta Level 3, 16 Parkes Street, PARRAMATTA 02 9895 8144

Sydney City 118 Sussex Street, SYDNEY 02 8235 1500

Tamworth 2/127a Bridge Street, TAMWORTH WEST 02 6762 1783 or 02 6763 7200

Taree 146 Victoria Street, TAREE 02 6551 1200

Victoria

Broadmeadows Level 1, 1100 Pascoe Vale Road, BROADMEADOWS 03 9351 3700

Chadstone 41 Stamford Road, OAKLEIGH 03 9564 6999

Melbourne City 379 Collins Street, MELBOURNE 03 8625 3666 Shepparton 74 Wyndham Street SHEPPARTON 03 5820 0444

Warrnambool 19 Jamieson Street, WARRNAMBOOL 1300 661 790 Queensland

Bundaberg 5 Bingera St, BUNDABERG 07 4130 7500

Chermside 90 Kittyhawk Drive, CHERMSIDE 07 3624 0100 Logan 25 Ewing Road, LOGAN CENTRAL 07 34421500

Mackay 35 Milton Street, MACKAY 07 4951 4555

Toowoomba 632 Ruthven Street, TOOWOOMBA 07 46995444 South Australia

Adelaide 55 Hutt Street, ADELAIDE 08 8419 2000

Mt Gambier 22 Bay Road, Cnr Bay Road and Helen Street, MOUNT GAMBIER 08 8721 3500 or 1800 880 913

Western Australia Bunbury 20 Molloy Street, BUNBURY 08 9792 1155

Perth City Sheffield House, Level 1,

713 Hay Street Mall, PERTH 08 9278 4000