The Pilbara Community Legal Service Inc. began in a small single office in Newman in 1993. A Regional office was established in Hedland under the auspices of the Pilbara Social Justice Council to address a number of needs established by a working party who lobbied hard for funding. They conducted a number of forums over a period of four years to address a growing concern related to social justice issues, including consumer credit, tenancy and family law.
A single office was subsequently established in the township of Roebourne with outreach to Karratha, an area with a rapidly expanding community responding to economic attractions of the resource companies.
Over the last eight years the socio economic demands and the shortage of housing which failed to keep pace with the community demands has seen as expansions of the services.
In 2009 Pilbara Community Legal Service Inc. was one of three finalists for the Richard (Dick) Fletcher Awards in the Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards for excellence in the advancement, development and promotion of consumer protection. The award recognised Pilbara Community Legal Service Inc. as an agency that has over the years made an outstanding contribution performed in the interest of consumers. The Pilbara Community Legal Service Inc. Indigenous Tenancy Support worker was also recognised as one of three finalists for the Rona Oakley award which recognises an individual who has made a positive contribution to individuals.
CEO: Nanette Williams (middle) recieving the Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award
The Hon. Troy Buswell, Minister for Commerce, at the time describe Pilbara Community Legal Service Inc. as 'an organisation that offers a unique combinations of regional services delivered to a diverse and demographically isolated community where despite the challenging obstacles of expansive distances has effectively contributed to raising community understanding an awareness for the advancement of consumer protection.'
PCLS 20 Years- 2013
PCLS would like thank all of our Board of Management members, employees, students and volunteers for all their wonderful hard work over the years! PCLS would also like to thank the community and agencies for their support!
The Pilbara Community Legal Service won Karratha Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry Best Community Organisation in 2014. A great achievement!