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A champion of the Aboriginal community and a tireless advocate for older tenants have been recognised for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the social housing and wider communities, at this year's Social Housing Volunteer Awards ceremony at Parliament House.

On Thursday, the Minister for Housing Richard Wynne joined members of the social housing community for the awards ceremony. He said the award recipients had gone above and beyond to connect and support people in their neighbourhoods.

Judith Jackson, or Aunty Jacko as she is more commonly known, won the Frances Penington Award. She is a widely respected and loved elder and volunteer in the Port Phillip community.

Judith helped establish a weekly Wominjeka barbecue, which is an integral part of local Indigenous gathering place 'Our Rainbow Place'. She has also been advisor in groups such as Star Health, City of Port Phillip for NAIDOC week events, City of Kingston and Sisters of Mary in Carlton.

 

Minister for Housing Richard Wynne and Judith Jackson, winner of the Frances Penington Award 2019
Minister for Housing Richard Wynne and Judith Jackson, winner of the Frances Penington Award 2019

Linda Newman took out the Molly Hadfield Award. Linda volunteers as a member of Housing Choices Australia's Victorian Resident Advisory Committee and is a strong advocate for older tenants. She has been an integral part of the committee, providing influential feedback, support and is a regular presence at many events.

 

Minister for Housing Richard Wynne and Linda Newman, winner of the Molly Hadfield Award 2019
Minister for Housing Richard Wynne and Linda Newman, winner of the Molly Hadfield Award 2019

About the awards

The Frances Penington Award honours the late Frances Penington, a Commissioner of Housing and the first woman on a Victorian statutory authority board. The award recognises a social housing tenant who has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to their local community.

The Molly Hadfield Award is named after the late Mary (Molly) Hadfield, a dedicated advocate for public housing tenants. The award honours a social housing tenant who provides outstanding support to older tenants.

For more information, see Social Housing Volunteer Awards.