A Sparkling New Hawthorn

On Wednesday (7 October) we move from Camberwell Rd to a brand new home at 197-199 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn (opposite Australia Post).  Facilities include an enlarged community room and off-street parking.  We look forward to maximizing and enhancing our engagement with Hawthorn constituents.  Hopefully you will visit us once restrictions on walk-in callers are lifted.  In the meantime do not hesitate to ring our enthusiastic onsite duty staff, Patrick and Ariel  – our number is still 9882 4088.

In moving further along Tram Route 75 I wish to thank our near neighbours especially Camberwell Police Station, Boroondara Council Offices and Library, moving 1 Dry Cleaners and favourite takeaways, Chapter 21 and Legacy.

Staying In Touch With Hawthorn Constituents

There are 44,828 electors in Hawthorn.  Over April-September just under half of one per cent of this number (= 224) sent emails on the handling of Covid by the Victorian and Australian Governments.  There has been a range of opinions regarding actions taken and not taken.

In addition we have received emails and calls seeking clarification on restrictions, special cases, exemptions and related matters.  Throughout April-September we have, during business hours (9-5, Monday to Friday), proudly maintained onsite skeleton staffing with full telephone, email, mail and delivery services even if we couldn’t accept callers through the front door.

As for the MP: I have been a factionally non-aligned member of the Labor Party since joining in 2011, following a career as foundation principal of a non-government secondary school.  Like you I have endured hardship in fighting Covid; eg unable to visit our first grandchild (Elsie) in nearby Rosanna but more than 5km from where we live in Hawthorn.  From my life and work experience I join others (eg as reported in polls and from emails) in saluting Governments in overall handling of the Covid crisis even if there are things that would have been better done differently (eg Federal Aged Care Royal Commission findings, disastrous State provisions in 2 of Melbourne’s 20 quarantine hotels).

I encourage you to sign up to our Fortnightly Update (see here) and peruse a few editions via the website, www.johnkennedymp.com.au  – “Where to Find John Kennedy” is also on the website.