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Parliament online series to showcase Victorian scientific endeavour

May 13, 2021 -

Launching this week, a new online series ‘STEM and Society’ will highlight the game-changing work being undertaken by various Victorian scientists and researchers. Presented as a partnership between the Parliament of Victoria, the Royal Society of Victoria and Victorian Parliamentarians for STEM, the series will...

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A Bolder, Brighter Future For Our Creative State

May 13, 2021 -

We are working to reinvigorate Victoria’s multi-billion-dollar creative economy, with an unprecedented $288 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government in the upcoming Victorian Budget 2021/22. Designed to secure jobs and reassert Victoria’s position as the creative state, a $167.3 million Creative State funding package...

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Up And About: Revitalisation Push Backs City and State Recovery

May 13, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria’s jobs recovery with a new investment of more than $260 million to rejuvenate Melbourne’s much-loved CBD and attract visitors to the state from across the nation. Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events...

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Innovation and Excellence: Hawthorn Park

May 13, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy, Member for Hawthorn, is delighted that Hawthorn Park, a new residential development located at 33-57 Camberwell Road in Hawthorn East has been nominated for a Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Award in the Development Innovation category. The apartments and townhouses that...

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Bills St Housing Project – Consultations Open

May 7, 2021 -

Consultation on the Bills St Housing Project’s plans is now open. The Homes Victoria redevelopment site at Bills Street, Hawthorn, will replace obsolete social housing with well designed, secure, modern social and affordable housing. Homes Victoria want to hear from the community on the Bills...

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Local Theatre: A Name For Herself

May 7, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy was delighted to attend the new play, ‘A Name for Herself’, written by Meg McNena and directed by Lynda Fleming, at one of its two premiere shows at the Renaissance Theatre. The play tells the story of a militant rebel and a pacifist...

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Committee Calls To Extend Anti-Vilification Protections

May 7, 2021 -

The ABC reported that as the COVID-19 pandemic rose in Victoria, a year ago, so did the number of people contacting Victoria’s human rights commissioner for advice about racial vilification, and new data shows it is not slowing down. This week the Anti-Vilification Protections Inquiry, which investigated...

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Captain’s Call: Listening To Hawthorn’s Young Leaders

April 30, 2021 -

On Monday, 26 April, John Kennedy hosted School Captains from across the Hawthorn electorate for lunch and round-table discussion. In attendance were Ella and Adele from Auburn High School, Angus and Pearl from Camberwell High School, Harriette and Chloe from Siena College, and Franky and...

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Getting The ‘MOST’ Youth Mental Health Support

April 29, 2021 -

Last week the Andrews Labor Government welcomed the commencement of the MOST (Moderated Online Social Therapy) program. The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we deliver mental health care. This new program means young people can get the long-term care they need to stay...

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Grants Open To Change Our Game

April 29, 2021 -

Applications for Round 2 of the 2020-21 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants are now open. The program is designed to fund one-off events that celebrate and showcase the role women and girls play at the community level. Grants of up to $10,000 are available...

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Bills St Community Consultation

April 16, 2021 -

Homes Victoria’s community consultation on the Bills Street Housing Project started on 18 March 2021 and closed last Friday, 16 April 2021. The plans for the development have changed and adapted over a number of years and this latest round of community feedback will help...

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Hawthorn Clubs Score Sport Grants

April 15, 2021 -

Five grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Hawthorn electorate are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $7,300 from the Victorian Government. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy this week announced the...

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Celebrating Mental Health Carers Achievements In Hawthorn Electorate

April 15, 2021 -

Media Release John Kennedy, Member for Hawthorn, proudly celebrates the achievement of Tania Curlis, who was recognised for their commitment providing care and support of Victorians with mental health issues at the Tandem awards, attended by the Minister for Mental Health, James Merlino. The Tandem...

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Re-Opening Of Melbourne’s Tram Museum In Hawthorn

April 15, 2021 -

The Melbourne Tram Museum is a volunteer-based non-profit group that focuses on the preservation and display of Melbourne’s tramway history. It re-opened on 27 March and from this month will return to its normal operating schedule, with open days on the second and fourth Saturdays...

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Road Safety Recommendations Arrive

April 1, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is investigating how Victoria’s roads can be made safer.  A recently tabled Parliamentary Inquiry considered whether the state’s road toll can be reduced to fewer than 200, every year. The inquiry, chaired by Upper House member for the Eastern-Metropolitan region (which...

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Five Years From The Royal Commission Into Family Violence

April 1, 2021 -

This fortnight we marked five years since the Royal Commission into Family Violence concluded in Victoria. We established the Royal Commission into Family Violence to shine a light on our biggest law and order issue. Its final report was the beginning of a long and...

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Taking Electric Vehicles Seriously

April 1, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is investing  $45 million to support the uptake of electric vehicles across Victoria. We’re encouraging the uptake of zero and low emission vehicles with several key initiatives, including: discounted vehicle registration fees and stamp duty concessions, investing in fast charging networks...

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Compass Education

April 1, 2021 - ,

Member’s Statement Given on 16 March 2021. “I recently visited the offices of Compass Education, an education technology platform, and met with founders John de la Motte and Lucas Filer and their friendly staff. Compass is a popular all-in-one school management system that helps schools...

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Mental Health Royal Commission Final Report Welcomed In

March 8, 2021 -

It was my privilege, last week, to join my colleagues for a historic day as the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System was tabled in parliament. Over the last year we’ve lived through a global pandemic and all the stresses...

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Supporting COVIDSafe Multicultural Events In Hawthorn

March 4, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is helping even more multicultural and multifaith communities hold events to celebrate their culture and traditions, including here in Hawthorn. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence today announced $750,000 for 205 community organisations across the state to deliver COVIDSafe multicultural festivals...

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Hawthorn One Of Six Fast Start Sites For Big Housing Build

February 26, 2021 -

More than 200 new houses for people who need it will be built in Hawthorn – some of the first new homes that will be delivered through the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Big Housing Build. Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy today announced that Bills Street...

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Support For Businesses Impacted By Circuit Breaker Action

February 22, 2021 -

We know that last week’s circuit breaker was not easy on anybody, but particularly on small businesses, of which there are many in Hawthorn. Therefore, new support has been announced for small businesses, including sole traders, most impacted by the coronavirus circuit-breaker action – with...

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Rocket Park

February 22, 2021 -

The Rocket The rocket in Central Gardens has been a defining feature of that park for decades. So much so that we have all come to know it as “Rocket Park”. Boroondara Council is currently planning to renew the playground in Central Gardens.  Community consultation...

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Deadly And Proud

February 19, 2021 -

Victoria has a rich history, a deep history. While Aboriginal people have long preserved and celebrated their history, it is important that all Victorians acknowledge the resilience, pride and achievements of Aboriginal Victorians. This month the Andrews Government launched the Deadly & Proud campaign. Deadly & Proud features...

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Why We’re With The ACF

February 19, 2021 -

This is the final edition in our series of six articles, written by the members of the Australian Conservation Foundation’s (ACF) Boroondara Branch. This series has been a fantastic collaboration between John Kennedy MP and the Boroondara branch of the ACF to raise awareness and...

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Work Starts On Auburn High School Upgrades

February 19, 2021 -

ARCHITECT APPOINTED Students at Auburn High 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. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, today announced that Wowowa Architects have been...

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$2k To Support A Hawthorn Multicultural Senior’s Group

February 19, 2021 -

The Andrews Government is supporting multicultural seniors’ groups across the state, including in Hawthorn, to recover from the lingering impacts of the pandemic. The Coronavirus Support for Multicultural Seniors grants program will be  providing the Chinese Precinct Business Association Victoria with $2,000. After a difficult year, these...

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The Kennedy Team Serving You

February 8, 2021 -

The Kennedy Team, in bringing real life experience to its work at Hawthorn Electorate Office, is here for you. John Kennedy MP, Founding Principal of Loyola College, ex RAAF Officer and resident of Hawthorn and Deepdene since 2004. Active in education, multi-cultural communities, public transport,...

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Hawthorn Students Are Back To School For 2021

February 5, 2021 -

More than one million students headed back to school last fortnight across Victoria. Congratulations to all Preps and Year Sevens on the beginning of a new journey, and to Grade Six and Year 12 students on an exciting final year ahead. Congrats also to parents...

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Engaging More Women and Girls in STEM

February 5, 2021 -

As the new school year kicks off, the Andrews Government is helping more girls and women across the state engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Girls and women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields in Australia, which is why we are putting...

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