Legal Aid NSW to host bill-busting expo at Dubbo's Apollo House

Legal Aid NSW lawyer Maureen Bates-McKay

Legal Aid NSW lawyer Maureen Bates-McKay

Legal Aid NSW will bring a special bill-busting expo to Dubbo next week to help people tackle unpaid power or water bills, outstanding fines and money worries.

Locals can drop in to Apollo House between 9am and 2pm on Monday for free advice and practical help. Lunch will be provided.

"We know how stressful it can be when another letter turns up with the word 'overdue' stamped across it," Legal Aid NSW lawyer Maureen Bates-McKay, who specialises in working with Aboriginal communities to address everyday legal worries, said.

"If you're having trouble with fines, bills and debts, you're not alone. We help hundreds of people every year with these sorts of money worries, and we are ready to help you too.

"Simply bring along any unpaid bills or fines and we'll talk you through your options. In some cases, it may be possible to have old unpaid bills cancelled for good - giving people who have experienced serious financial hardship a chance at a clean slate."

This one-off event will include lawyers from Legal Aid NSW as well as representatives from services including Centrelink, Revenue NSW, the Aboriginal LegalService (NSW/ACT), NSW Fair Trading and the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW.

"We can also offer advice about a range of other legal worries, whether you're having trouble with the landlord... or you've had a disagreement with the boss over your rights at work and want to know where you stand," Ms Bates-McKay said.

No appointments are needed, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early.