Bushfire Community Legal Program

The Bushfire Community Legal Program (BCLP) provides free legal help and legal education for South Australians living in bushfire affected areas.

Our services include face to face legal advice (as well as phone and email) and community legal education throughout South Australia.

The BCLP sees a dedicated Legal Officer travel out to these areas to deliver free:

to support individuals, small business, and communities with their bushfire preparedness and/or response.  

The BCLP is an award-winning program which first commenced as a project in 2020 in response to the catastrophic 2019/2020 Black Summer Bushfires. For its first 18 months, the BCLP was delivered by Community Legal Centres SA, in collaboration with the Legal Services Commission SA, and served the Kangaroo Island, Yorketown and Adelaide Hills communities. The BCLP has been funded by the Commonwealth Government.

Community Justice Services SA is pleased to have received funding from the State Attorney-General’s Department to continue and expand upon the amazing work of the BCLP from 1 January 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Free Community Legal Education

The Bushfire Legal Program presents free legal education sessions in bushfire affected or high risk communities around South Australia.

Click here for upcoming events presented by BCLP

Contact Jacqui Nuske on 0428 066 958 or [email protected] to discuss hosting a free legal education event in your community.

Stay in touch with BCLP in your area

If you would like to know when the BCLP’s Legal Officer is visiting your community, please visit the BCLP’s Facebook Page or join our mailing list to receive email updates.

Contact us directly

To get in contact with the BCLP’s Legal Officer, please contact:

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 0428 066 958

Office: 1300 850 650

CLCSA Chair: Catherine McMorrine, Legal Officer: Holly McCoy and Project Officer: Ippei Okazaki receive the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Community Project Award SA 2021 from Minister Tarzia.
Photo Credit: The Islander
BCLP’s Legal Officer, Holly McCoy, at the Humans of Kangaroo Island Film & Literature Festival with organiser, Sabrina Davis.
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BCLP’s Legal Officer: Holly McCoy, with LSC’s Legal Officer: Gareth Williams, Flinders Legal Clinic Director: Jo Milne and Flinders University students on a Yorke Peninsula Outreach.
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Yacca Regrowth in burnt roadside vegetation on Kangaroo Island.
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Climate and Sustainability Policy Research Group (CASPR)
Evaluation of BCLP 2020/2021

Towards the end of 2021, CASPR undertook a thorough evaluation of the BCLP’s first 18 months of service delivery. The BCLP is pleased with the findings of the evaluation and is looking forward to implementing a number of the recommendations over the course of the next 18 months. In particular, we are happy with the evaluation’s findings that:

“There is much to be commended in the pilot project’s design and implementation. The project meets all of the service characteristics requirements of international best practice. It also displays all the required core service features of the international best practice benchmark” (page 43).

The BCLP wishes to thank CASPR for their work, commendations, and recommendations and, most importantly, we thank the service providers and community members who generously volunteered their time and feedback to CASPR for the purpose of the evaluation. A copy of the report can be accessed here.

Want to know more?!

To see what the BCLP’s Legal Officer, Jacqui Nuske has been up to, when she might be travelling out to your community, any community legal education we are providing, or to receive general information and tips, follow the BCLP’s Facebook Page!

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Contact Us

Legal services are provided by appointment. If you would like to make an appointment to consult with a solicitor at any of our offices (including our outreach offices) see below:

Christies Beach Head Office

Office Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday
on (08) 8384 5222 or toll free 1300 850 650

Mount Gambier Head Office

Office Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday
On (08) 8723 1396 or toll free 1300 850 650

Berri Head Office

Office Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday
On (08) 8582 4998 or toll free 1300 850 650