Celebrating social housing champions

Victorian social housing heroes have been recognised for their outstanding community contribution at a special ceremony.

Minister for Housing Richard Wynne joined members of the social housing community for the Social Housing Volunteer Awards at the Victorian Parliament, where the coveted Frances Penington and Molly Hadfield Awards were announced.

Both awards recognise public and community housing tenants who go above and beyond to connect and support people in their neighbourhood.

The Frances Penington Award went to Judith Jackson. ‘Aunty Jacko’ is a much loved elder and volunteer in the Port Phillip community, having helped establish a weekly Wominjeka barbecue.

She is also a trusted adviser to groups such as Star Health, the City of Port Phillip for NAIDOC week events, the City of Kingston and Sisters of Mary in Carlton.

The Molly Hadfield Award went to Linda Newman, who volunteers as a member for Housing Choices Australia’s Victorian Resident Advisory Committee. She is a tireless advocate for older tenants and a regular presence at countless events.

The Frances Penington Award honours the late Frances Penington – a Commissioner of the Housing Commission and the first woman appointed to the board of a statutory authority in Victoria.

The Molly Hadfield Award is named after the late Mary (Molly) Hadfield – a dedicated advocate for public housing tenants.