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National Playgroup Week Launch

On 17 March, Jenny launched National Playgroup Week at the Melbourne Museum with a $50,000 investment to support new community playgroups. The funding will enable new playgroups across Victoria to apply for seed funding so they can get established and buy play equipment and books…

Galada Community Centre Opening

On 13 March 2015, Jenny was joined by local MP Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Thomastown, Nazih Elasmar, Member for Northern Metropolitan Region and City of Whittlesea Mayor Ricky Kirkham and Whittlesea Councilors to open the Galada Community Centre in the heart of Epping’s Aurora Estate. ..

Opening of New PRACE Site in Reservoir

On Friday 13 March 2015, Jenny was pleased to be part of the official opening of the new Preston Reservoir Adult Community Education (PRACE) site in Spring St Reservoir. PRACE is a not-for-profit organisation that is regarded as a key English as a second language, literacy and numeracy..

Newbury Child and Community Centre in Craigieburn

On 11 March 2015, Jenny was joined by the State Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence, Federal Member for McEwen, Rob Mitchell and Hume City Council Mayor, Adem Atmaca, to open the Newbury Child and Community Centre in Craigieburn. The new $6.91 million centre will provide..

Start of 2015 Kindergarten Year

On Monday 2 February 2015, Jenny visited the Annie Dennis Children’s Centre in Northcote for the first day of the 2015 kindergarten year.  Jenny is pictured here with twins Imogen, Jasper, Joseph and Henry.

Labor Will Create Jobs In The Northern Suburbs

Following the announcement that Ford Australia’s manufacturing operations at the Broadmeadows plant will close in 2016, local workers need a Government to work for them. An Andrews Labor Government will invest an additional $10.5 million into Melbourne’s North Innovation and Investment Fund, creating local jobs..

Labor To Build Ashley Park Community Hub In Doreen

On 12 November, 2014, Shadow Minister for Children, Jenny Mikakos, and Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, visited the Laurimar Early Learning Centre to announce Labor’s plan to invest $1.6 million in the brand new Ashley Park Child and Family Community Hub in Doreen. Labor’s investment will..

Only Labor Will Upgrade Your Local School

An Andrews Labor Government will fund major upgrades to local schools in theNorthern Metropolitan Region. The Napthine Government have neglected education and schools in Victoria. Whilst inoffice they have cut hundreds of millions in Reading Recovery, the Education Maintenance Allowance, the School Start Bonus and..

Labor Will Invest $50 Million In Kinders Across Victoria

As part of Labor’s $1.3 billion plan to make Victoria the education state, Labor will invest $50 million to build and upgrade kinders across Victoria. Denis Napthine’s last budget made no allocation for kinder capital over the next four years and any Victorian kinder upgrades..

Playgroup Victoria’s 2014 Playgroup Awards

On Thursday 30 October 2014, Jenny attended Playgroup Victoria’s 2014 Playgroup Awards.  Jenny presented the award for Community Playgroup of the Year (1-4 Sessions) which was awarded to Yallourn North Playgroup.  Yallourn North Playgroup were also awarded 2014 Playgroup of the Year. Other award recipients include Ross Morgan..

Only Victorian Labor Will Re-Open Greensborough TAFE

On 28 October 2014, Daniel Andrews joined Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Skills and Apprenticeships, Steve Herbert, Labor Member for Bundoora, Colin Brooks, and Labor Candidate for Eltham, Vicki Ward, at the campus site in Greensborough to announce that a Labor Government will re-open Greensborough TAFE so..

Back To School: Skills For Our Future. Support For Our Kids

By building better schools, we’ll build a bigger economy.  By saving TAFE and arming our next generation with a new set of skills, we’ll create more jobs.  And by helping schools and families meet the costs of education, we’ll give our next generation the opportunity..

Labor To Crack Down On Puppy Farms

As a dog lover, Jenny (pictured here with her dog Zac) is pleased that Victorian Labor will crack down on puppy farms and introduce tough new measures to support animal welfare. If elected in November, Labor will provide the RSPCA with additional resources to tackle puppy..

Hospital Waiting Lists Blow Out Under Napthine

Denis Napthine and the Liberals have cut $831 million from health over the last four years and Tony Abbott is cutting $1.4 billion out of health in the next four years. The state-wide waiting list for elective surgery is larger than it was four years..

Only Labor Will Extend The Rail Line to Mernda

On 25 September 2014, Jenny joined Leader of the Opposition, Dan Andrews, Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Jill Hennessy, Labor Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, and Labor Member for Mill Park, Lily D’Ambrosio at South Morang station to announce that an elected Victorian Labor..

Rally Against Cuts to Mental Health & Disability Services

On 20 August 2014, Jenny along with the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, joined rallying Health and Community Services Union members on the steps of Parliament to protest the Napthine Government’s cuts to mental health and disability programs, the contracting out of the Sandhurst Centre in Bendigo..

Only Labor Will Build A New High School in Richmond

An Andrews Labor Government will build a new high school in Richmond. The Napthine Government abandoned Labor’s plan to renovate, rebuild or moderniseevery Victorian Government school.  In fact, the Napthine Government only spent an average of $278 million a year on education capital works compared..

Only Labor Will Fix The Chandler Highway Bridge

On 15 June 2014, Jenny joined the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, and other Labor MPs and candidates at the Chandler Highway Bridge to announce that an Andrews Labor Government will duplicate the Chandler Highway Bridge and ease congestion for thousands of hard working Victorians who..