Re-Opening Our Community Safely

August 31, 2020 -

Over the last few weeks we have received numerous messages from the people of Hawthorn about what to expect in the future. We appreciate people reaching out to our office to give us a better idea of the thoughts, feelings, concerns and ideas of the...

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New Orange Door For Inner East Melbourne

August 27, 2020 -

The average recorded family or domestic violence cases throughout Hawthorn a year is around 800 cases, with an average of 8,000 in the Eastern Metropolitan area alone.  What is even more concerning is these figures don’t register incidents that may go unreported or are hidden....

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Solar For Our Public Buildings

August 25, 2020 -

Late last year I received a letter some Year 6 students from Camberwell Primary School. They wrote to me concerned about their “energy problem” they had discovered after conducting an energy audit on the school. They wrote: Climate change is a life threatening crisis and...

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Training, Mentoring And Cash Support For Business

August 20, 2020 -

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...

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Works Start On Auburn South Primary School Upgrades

August 20, 2020 -

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...

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Vietnam Veterans Day And Thanking Our RSL

August 18, 2020 -

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....

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More Support To Keep Women And Children Safe

August 17, 2020 -

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...

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Getting A COVID-19 Test At Home

August 13, 2020 -

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...

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Happy National TAFE Day

August 13, 2020 -

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...

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Keeping Hawthorn Clean And Beautiful

August 11, 2020 -

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...

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Respecting And Celebrating Senior Hawthorn Citizens

August 10, 2020 -

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...

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Free Kinder For Families Through Coronavirus

August 10, 2020 -

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...

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Fast-Tracked Mental Health Support For Victorians

August 10, 2020 -

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 Kids...

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