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WORK STARTS ON Auburn South Primary School UPGRADES

Students at our wonderful Auburn South Primary School are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Auburn South is on of our oldest schools in the area..

Training, mentoring and cash support for business

Thousands of small businesses have taken up free online short courses and benefitted from payments of up to $20,000 as the Victorian Government backs small operators to get through to the other side of the pandemic. Upskill My Business has helped almost 25,000 users increase..

Local Government Elections to go ahead in October

On advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, local government elections will go ahead as scheduled for Saturday, 24 October 2020. The Minister for Local Government, Shaun Lane MP, sought advice from the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and Chief Health Officer as..

Please keep getting tested Hawthorn!

I would like to urge not to become complacent even after successive days of lower case numbers. Since the start of the pandemic nearly two million tests have been processed, with daily numbers reaching as high as 34,000 on some days. In our local council..

Vietnam Veterans Day and Thanking our RSL

On 18 August we commemorated Vietnam Veterans Day. It was a tragic war that saw the loss of many lives and the scarring of a nation. Australians who served in Vietnam, many of whom were young, were thrown into the thick of a brutal conflict…

More support to keep women and children safe

With more Victorians at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, we know there’s an increased risk for women and children experiencing family violence or abuse. The average recorded family or domestic violence cases throughout Hawthorn a year is around 800 cases, with an average..

Happy National TAFE Day

Today (August 13) we take the chance to celebrate the wonderful and life changing TAFE system. I have always advocated for and believed in strong investment in education. TAFE needs more support. This virus has only highlighted the importance of providing quality, accessible and job..

Getting a COVID-19 test at home

We don’t want chronic illness, disability or carer responsibilities to be a barrier to Victorians getting tested if they have symptoms – so we’ve started a Call to Test program to arrange in-home tests for people unable to leave their home to get tested. Arranging..

Keeping Hawthorn clean and beautiful

Recently two initiatives have caught my attention that aim to keep rubbish out off our waterways, green spaces and streets. Really anywhere that isn’t the bin. These initiatives are making a real difference in our community but need your help to fully work. Melbourne Waterway..

Fast-tracked mental health support for Victorians

There are plenty of ways to support other people or be supported if you are feeling anxious or uncertain. If you or someone you know needs help, you can call Lifeline Australia (13 11 14), Headspace (1800 650 890), Beyond Blue (1800 512 348), or..

Free Kinder For Families Through Coronavirus

All kinder in Victoria will be free for Term 3, and children will be supported to learn from home thanks to a relief package to support early childhood services through the pandemic from the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced an extension..

Respecting and Celebrating Senior Hawthorn Citizens

Note: Featured photo taken before COVID-19 restrictions Some may know that in June 2016 Bronwyn Lane and I moved from Deepdene, our home since 2004, to a retirement village in Hawthorn.  This continues to be a great move for all sorts of reasons including fantastic..

Business and industry – Stage 4 restrictions update

On Wednesday 5 August, 2020 the Premier announced how each industry will operate during Stage 4 restrictions. All businesses fall into one of three categories: Industries that will continue to operate. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, newsagents and post offices, in..

Schools – Stage 4 restrictions update

Yesterday, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As outlined in the..

Free pads and tampons in all government schools

The Andrews Labor government is celebrating the completion of another Australian-first election commitment: free pads and tampons in Victorian government schools. Free pads and tampons are now available in every government school in Victoria – reducing the discomfort and embarrassment around periods for girls and..

Homes for the Homeless

At the start of this pandemic, the Victorian Government acted swiftly to support over 2000 Victorians off the streets and into accommodation in vacant hotels – because you can’t “stay home” if you don’t have one and you can’t “stay safe” if you have nowhere..

So, where is Labor’s Member for Hawthorn?

Throughout COVID your Hawthorn Electorate Office (EO) has remained open during business hours (9-5) for emails (John.Kennedy@parliament.vic.gov.au), phone calls (9882 4088) and mail delivery (325 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124).  Unfortunately, until we return to normal onsite staffing, we are unable to take personal walk-ins…