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Tuesday, 10 March, 2020

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All the world in Dandy By Danielle Kutchel The annual Dandenong World Fare is returning in 2020 for another day of fun, food and culture. The World Fare is the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's largest free, family-friendly event. There's no need to jet around the world for your flavour fix, with visitors experiencing the tastes of cultures from continents near and far. More than 50 street food traders will be in attendance, offering hawker-style favourites and some unique dishes created exclusively for the World Fare. For more, turn to page 8

Courting closure By Danielle Kutchel Court Network will no longer supply muchneeded support to Family Court attendees from June 2020, having been forced to withdraw their services from Dandenong Family Court after funding dried up. Court Network has been providing a free, volunteer-led support service at Dandenong and Melbourne Family Courts since 1990. Three days a week, six volunteers help Dandenong court users navigate the intimidating Family Court process, working collaboratively

with security, men's and women's family violence services and legal services to provide support, identify risk and provide referrals to other services. "We are part of humanity and kindness to court users," explained executive director of Court Network, Maya Avdibegovic. "While others are busy and provide focus on legal outcomes, for us it's about making sure there is someone to support people at times of great stress." Services at Melbourne Family Court will also be impacted by the funding loss.

Court Network's Family Court services had historically been funded by the Federal Government, until a change in 2015 saw the money transferred to the states with no clear direction about allocation for Court Network. Victorian Legal Aid (VLA) took over administration of the funds and supplied Court Network with the money they needed to continue their work. But with VLA now experiencing their own funding troubles, the money for Court Network has dried up. Ms Avdibegovic said Court Network had ap-

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proached the Family Court as well as Federal and State Governments for more funding, to no avail. "The position we're in now is no one wants to take responsibility for us." A spokesperson for the Victorian Government said: "Court Network provides support services in Commonwealth law courts and this is the responsibility of the Federal Government. "This is yet another Federal Government cut which means vulnerable women and children won't get the support they need." Continued on page 3

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Dandenong Star Journal - 10th March 2020  

Dandenong Star Journal - 10th March 2020