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Affordable and social housing in Bills Street

August 20, 2021 -

On 16 August, I was again watching a Council committee, this time to hear discussion on the Victorian Government’s long overdue construction of 12,000 units of affordable and social housing including Hawthorn’s share of 206 units in Bills Street. I am privileged to chair a...

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On Afghanistan

August 19, 2021 -

It has been an overwhelming two weeks; not only locally but globally too, as we witness from afar the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.  After 20 years of service in Afghanistan, and 41 Australian lives lost to the cause, our nation’s first evacuation flight rescued only...

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Where To Get Your Covid-19 Vaccination

August 19, 2021 -

On Monday the 9th of August, we extended eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccine to include 18-39 year olds. On that same day, our state smashed vaccination records, with 22,670 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites alone. Young people are getting it done, helping our...

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Member’s Statement: Homelessness Week

August 6, 2021 - ,

Member’s Statement, given on the 5th of July, 2021. This week is Homelessness Week. I find it astonishing that in an affluent country such as ours over 116 000 people experience homelessness on any given night. Research has shown that secure and affordable housing is...

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Breast Screening Services Remain Open

August 5, 2021 -

Breast screening services, including BreastScreen, have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, with COVID-safe measures in place including physical distancing and additional time between appointments to allow for thorough cleaning. Eligible Victorians have access to free breast screening and assessment through BreastScreen Victoria at 42...

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Hawthorn Students Honoured in Premier’s VCE Awards

August 5, 2021 -

A plethora of Hawthorn students have been recognised alongside the state’s best performing VCE students in the Premier’s VCE Awards. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, congratulates the following students on their outstanding achievement. Kiah Shnider from Bialik College was recognised as a Top All-Round VCE...

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The Census is Coming

August 5, 2021 -

The Census commences next week, on the 10th of August. Census data is used to build a better future for us all. It’s used to inform decisions on issues that touch our lives every day, from schools, healthcare, transport and infrastructure to local services for...

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Statewide Kinder Kit Surprise For Three-Year-Old Kids

August 4, 2021 -

In 2022, the Andrews Government will give Victorian children starting at Three-Year-Old Kinder a special Kinder Kit – helping to give them the best start on their learning journey. Minister for Early Childhood, Ingrid Stitt, announced that an $8 million investment in the 2021/22 Victorian Budget...

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Work Starts On Swinburne Senior Secondary College Upgrades

August 2, 2021 -

Students at Swinburne Senior Secondary College 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. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, today announced that N2SH Design Firm has been...

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Supporting Our Senior Secondary Students to Succeed

July 23, 2021 -

Minister for Education has announced that the Victorian Government will continue to support students in their final years of school, with the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process to continue in 2021 in light of continued disruptions to the school year. In a normal year, individual...

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Business Support: July 2021 Lockdown

July 22, 2021 -

General Cash Support: The Victorian Government has announced, Wednesday 21 July 2021, further support payments relating to the May-June lockdown: Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund recipients will receive $4,200, taking the total payment for current restriction period to $7,200 Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two...

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Supporting Our Veterans and Remembering Them

July 22, 2021 -

The Andrews Government is supporting the welfare of veterans and their families, and ensuring their sacrifices are remembered by future generations. Applications for Veterans Grants are now open through the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the Victoria Remembers Grant Program. Under the ANZAC Day Proceeds...

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Recognising Outstanding Multicultural Victorians

July 22, 2021 -

Hawthorn locals are encouraged to honour the remarkable people and organisations that help make our state and local community a multicultural success story. Nominations are open for the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence. The annual awards, now in their 20th year, include 15 categories, covering...

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New Inclusive Areas For Camberwell South Students

July 15, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victorian government schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and learning areas through the Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy today announced Cohen Leigh Architects would design works to be undertaken at Camberwell South Primary School to...

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Have Your Say on Education Reform

July 14, 2021 -

Victorians are being encouraged to have their say on the Victorian Government’s major reforms of school-based vocational education and senior secondary education. The reforms will see the integration of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This will...

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Local Organisations Lead Us To A Clean Energy Future

July 9, 2021 -

Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy congratulates Boroondara organisation Lighter Footprints on their appointment as one of the supporting organisations for one of Metropolitan Melbourne’s Community Power Hubs, which will lead the delivery of community projects that will transition the region to renewable and efficient energy...

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Community Reference Group for the Bills Street development in Hawthorn

July 9, 2021 -

Community Reference Group for the Bills Street development in Hawthorn JOHN KENNEDY’S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. WELCOME AND THANKS As Hawthorn...

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Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Workers

July 8, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is tackling insecure work head-on, with consultation on our Australian-first initiative to provide casual workers sick pay now underway. The Secure Work Pilot Scheme will help look after our most vulnerable workers by providing up to five days total of sick or...

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Congratulations to Boorondara’s Coral Ross, AM

July 8, 2021 -

Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy congratulates Coral Ross, former President of the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, for her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2021 Queen’s birthday honours list. Ms Ross is...

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Victoria Cautiously Moves Forward

July 7, 2021 -

As announced on July 7th by the Minister for Health Martin Foley, COVID restrictions across Melbourne are easing, though we remain cautious of the risk that all of Australia is currently grappling with. The last few weeks have demonstrated how delicate any gains made against...

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Victoria First In Nation To Make Wage Theft A Crime

July 1, 2021 -

The Andrews Government promised to criminalise wage theft. We have delivered on that promise, protecting workers whose income and entitlements are too often withheld from them. Victoria is the first state in Australia to be making this important progression for all workers. From the 1st...

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Backing Libraries and Learning Across Victoria

June 24, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is building on the central role that libraries play in communities across the state, backed by record investment in services and resources. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane joined representatives from the Victorian public library sector for the Libraries by Design Conference,...

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Tackling Racism: Backing Communities And Driving Respect

June 24, 2021 -

Congratulations to Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann of the Ark Centre in Hawthorn East for being appointed to the Victorian Government’s landmark Anti-Racism Taskforce. Rabbi Gabi will join ten other community representatives in a taskforce co-chaired by Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Member for Sunbury Josh...

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Prize Encourages Students to Reflect on ANZAC… Plus, Be An MP for 90 Seconds!

June 24, 2021 -

Multiple competitions are currently running to give students the opportunity to reflect on both Victoria’s past, through the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize, and Victoria’s present and future through the Parliamentary Prize. Victorian students in Years 9-11 in the Hawthorn Electorate are eligible to win...

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Funding to Support Important Upgrades at Hawthorn Schools

June 22, 2021 -

Hawthorn schools will be eligible to receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Minor Capital Works Fund. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy today announced the opening of Round 2 of the Minor Capital Works Fund which...

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Three Hawthorn Schools To Get Infrastructure Funding Boost

June 21, 2021 -

The Minister for Education today announced that more than 500 schools across the state will be supported in getting essential maintenance and bushfire-ready works off the ground. Thanks to a boost by the Andrews Labor Government 282 government schools will share in $12.48 million in...

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Grants Open To Help Inclusive Learning in Hawthorn

June 18, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is helping more schools in Hawthorn support students with disabilities and additional needs by offering grants to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds to ensure that all students can fully participate and succeed in school. Member...

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Visit to Quest Payment Systems in Hawthorn

June 11, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy had the pleasure of visiting Quest Payment Systems located in Burwood Road, last Friday. John would like to thank Andrew Graham (Chairman), Jan Mason (CEO) and Adam Reed (Head of Business Development) for showing him around the office and introducing him to all...

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Boosting Equality and Recovery in Hawthorn Sporting Clubs

June 11, 2021 -

Two of the Andrews Government’s sporting club grant programs have recently funded a number of Hawthorn clubs, with a targeted focus of supporting financial recovery from COVID-19, implementing COVID-Safe measures, and boosting female involvement in sports. The latest round of Sporting Club grants provided a...

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Gardiner’s Creek Loan of $5.4M

June 10, 2021 - ,

Constituency Question My question is for the Minister for Community Sport and concerns the $5.4 million loan provided to the Gardiners Creek corridor trail in my electorate of Hawthorn in the latest round of the government’s community sports infrastructure loans scheme. The scheme provides low-interest...

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