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.
The EO has been proudly “lights on” with staff working full-time from home (26 March – 1 June; and now from 13 July) and onsite skeleton staffing (2 June – 10 July) provided by Senior Electorate Officers and the Member. We are hoping it will not be too long before we return to onsite skeleton staffing and normal staffing.
This Member takes very seriously the role of providing an important and essential social service. Accordingly, he has been onsite throughout this period personally taking incoming telephone calls, mail and other deliveries as well as other tasks that cannot be accomplished satisfactorily off-site. Important in these arrangements are provisions for those without IT skills or resources, relying on postal mail. One such constituent rang me looking for the pattern for her to construct a mask – we were able to google, print and leave info in an envelope for her at our front door.
Each business day I have been delighted to give and receive a cheery wave from my next-door neighbour, Dennison’s Dry Cleaners (9813 0091) on my way for coffee at Legacy (9041 1796) and takeaway delicious lunch at Chapter 21 (9042 2477). Meanwhile the 75 Tram is still able to transport, with spacious distancing on board, this masked non-driver to and from his essential Monday to Friday work for Hawthorn constituents.
Work during the week and on weekends includes responding to questions and suggestions from constituents. These often involve my trusted colleagues and their staffs including:
Premier Dan Andrews and Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton
Minister for Health, Ambulance Services & Coordination of Health & Human Services: COVID-19: Jenny Mikakos MP
Minister for Education: James Merlino MP
Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change: Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Minister for Planning & Housing: Richard Wynne MP
Minister for Police and Emergency Services: Lisa Neville MP
Minister for Public Transport, Roads & Road Safety: Ben Carroll MP
In all this you and I are well served by my staff: Anna Gay (Senior Electorate Officer), James Mullan (Electorate Officer) and others appointed over forthcoming months as we ahead towards normal onsite staffing. Last Friday we farewelled James Carfax-Foster. I thank James for an excellent contribution over the last 18 months at Hawthorn and wish him well in his new position.