Marrickville Legal Centre is thrilled to have a second, much-needed premises.

We’ve won the tender from the Inner West Council to take over the old Dulwich Hill Library for the next three years.

We’ll be open to the public at 12-14 Seaview Street from the end of March: Our work in the building will focus on housing rights, with the Centre’s tenancy and strata services located there.

The Centre’s original home, near the train station at 338 Illawarra Road Marrickville, will remain open and home to other core services.

Managing Principal Solicitor, Annette van Gent, says the Centre has grown in size and scope since it began almost 40 years ago - and it needed new premises to cope with the demand. 

“Marrickville Legal Centre began by serving the Greek community around Marrickville, but we now serve a large community in Sydney’s inner west, south-west and southern suburbs: the area is home to around 1.5 million people.

“We are grateful to the Inner West Council for allowing us to establish this hub focused on equitable housing. We know there is a housing affordability crisis, which means more people are renting than ever before: tenants will be able to come in and access our services if and when problems occur,” she says.

The Centre’s state-wide strata service will also offer free advice to owner-occupiers, if they are economically and socially disadvantaged.

The Mayor of the Inner West Council, Darcy Byrne, says the Council is on the side of renters and wants to them have greater security in the inner west. 

“There is a whole generation of people in the inner west who are being locked out of home ownership. We want people from all backgrounds to be able to build a life in our community which can't happen without giving renters greater protection and assistance,” he says.

“Council is leading the city by example with an affordable housing policy with an ambitious target of 15 per cent affordable housing on large developments, and 30 per cent on government owned land in urban renewal areas.

“Council has a long-standing relationship with the Marrickville Legal Centre and they are very effective advocates for disadvantaged people. We are delighted to welcome them to the old Dulwich Hill Library.”

Marrickville Legal Centre provides free and accessible legal and related services to people who experience social and economic disadvantage.

In addition to housing, the Centre has expertise with youth law and family and domestic violence. It also offers general, family and employment law services.

The Centre can be reached on 9559 2899 – or drop during office hours.

Mayor of the Inner West Council Darcy Byrne with MLC's Managing Principal Solicitor, Annette van Gent. (Credit: Jodie Barker)

Mayor of the Inner West Council Darcy Byrne with MLC's Managing Principal Solicitor, Annette van Gent. (Credit: Jodie Barker)