Outstanding social housing tenants celebrated

Last updated: 8 March 2017

South Melbourne's Marlene McKay and Shepparton's Let's Get Together Group have been honoured for their leadership, advocacy and community building achievements at the 2016 Frances Penington and Molly Hadfield Awards.

Frances Penington Award winner, Marlene McKay with Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing
Frances Penington Award winner, Marlene McKay

The awards, which celebrate the voluntary contributions of social housing residents, were presented by Martin Foley, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, at a ceremony on Thursday 8 December 2016.

This year's Frances Penington Award winner, Marlene McKay, was recognised for her service to the Park Towers Tenants Association and the South Melbourne community.

For over 25 years, she has been both a leading member of the Park Towers Tenants Association and a tenant advocate in South Melbourne.

Marlene has shown an unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of people living at Park Towers.

The Let's Get Together Group received the Molly Hadfield Award for their work with older people in the Shepparton area.

Since it formed in 2003, the group has raised funds and formed financial partnerships with local businesses. The group has also expanded its activities and fundraising to regional towns.

It regularly holds popular community barbecues, having held its 100th barbecue in June this year.

The Frances Penington and Molly Hadfield Awards recognise social housing tenants who play a positive role in their community through actions like tenant advocacy, supporting older residents and organising social or training activities.

For more information on the awards, and the current and previous winners, see the Frances Penington and Molly Hadfield Awards page.

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