Monday, 22 February 2021
Statements by Members
Goldstein Electorate: Westfield Local Heroes
Australia's success comes from citizens and communities taking responsibility for the foundation of our great nation. That's why we celebrate three Goldstein locals who received a Westfield Local Heroes award last year. Matthew Donovan has been recognised for his trailblazing work in establishing the Food for Change foundation. Food for Change grows meals and rescues unwanted food to ensure that no-one in our community goes hungry. Robbie Hendry has been acknowledged for his pilot project with the TaskForce Community Agency—a body I've visited on a number of occasions. His 12-month traineeship helps young people who have left school early or who have disengaged from the community to find employment. Yvonne Hong has been recognised for creating Pets of the Homeless Australia, a charity which helps over 1,000 homeless Australians care for their pets each month. Matthew, Robbie and Yvonne have each been awarded a $10,000 grant to fund more great work at their affiliated organisations.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Goldstein's strong charitable ethos has helped build wellbeing and resilience within our community. It's the bond that brings us together. Many people have been able to rely on Food for Change for groceries and on services like Robbie's to find new work. It's no wonder that this year's awards saw a 38 per cent increase in nominations and a 30 per cent increase in votes. Congratulations, Matthew, Robbie and Yvonne on your incredible achievements!