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We've received over 2,000 cost-of-living survey responses already

In this newsletter, an update on my Pop-Up Offices, more funding needed for Kew High School, and some pictures from the fantastic Lunar New Festival in Box Hill.

Last week, I asked the community how I could best help tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

I want to thank the many members of our community who took the time to complete the survey — it’s a privilege to represent such an engaged and thoughtful electorate.


I’m proud to say we’ve already received over 2,000 responses, both online and via the mail, with plenty more to come.

As an Independent, my top priority has been getting out in the community, listening to you, and acting on your concerns.  

It’s so useful to learn what your pinch-points and priorities are, how you experience the cost-of-living crunch personally, and about your concern for how others in the community are suffering from its impact.

Your responses to this survey will help inform how I push the government to properly address the cost-of-living crisis.

Please take a few minutes now to complete the survey here if you haven’t already done so.

In this newsletter, an update on my Pop-Up Offices, more funding needed for Kew High School, and some pictures from the fantastic Lunar New Festival in Box Hill.

Plenty of Pop-Up Offices Coming Up

This last week has been a busy one in the electorate office in between sitting weeks.

I’ve been meeting with people in our community to hear their issues with Aged Care and the NDIS, and the challenges in the current economy of running a small- or medium-sized business. I also attended a Citizenship Ceremony at the Box Hill Town Hall.

One of my favourite things to do when I’m not in Canberra, though, is getting out on the street and chatting to locals about what matters to you the most. It was great to host a couple of Pop-Up Offices — one outside Hawthorn Station and one on Maling Rd in Canterbury — to hear your thoughts and concerns.

We have plenty more Pop-Up Offices coming up — click here to see where you can find me.

Governments Have Neglected Our High Schools

It was a pleasure to meet Kew High School principal Josie Millard this week, but distressing to hear how desperately the school needs funding for building repairs.

The main school building is 60 years old and has barely changed since it was built, with cracking linoleum floors, concrete cancer, and an old, loud and inefficient heating system.

I am concerned that the public schools in our community have been left behind by successive governments and I’ll have more to say about our plans to support these schools in the coming weeks.

Happy Year of the Dragon!

Thanks to the fabulous bunch of volunteers and supporters who joined me in celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse x Golden Age Box Hill Chinese Lunar New Year Festival last Saturday.

After a beautiful ceremony…

… I enjoyed the opportunity to share Lunar New Year greetings with community members, meeting under this beautiful banner featuring an amazing artwork created by Ethan Ge.

Thanks to all who shared this special occasion!

What’s On With Mon

In collaboration with Services Australia's Financial Information Services team, Dr Monique Ryan MP is hosting information sessions on the Aged Pension.

We invite you to come and learn about the steps involved in applying for the aged pension and how Services Australia can assist with the process. 


绍养老金和澳大利亚服务机构提供的服务 - Dr Monique Ryan MP

I'm thrilled to be joined by climate campaigner and student Anjali Sharma at my next Town Hall alongside the Member for Goldstein, Zoe Daniel. Anjali has led the campaign for a Duty of Care Act – a new idea that would require the government to consider the effects its decisions have on future generations. We’ll talk about how a Duty of Care Act might work, and how we need to legislate standards for climate action and protection.


Glenferrie Festival is back!

The sun will be shining, Glenferrie Road will be bustling and we'll have plenty of merchandise to give away. Come enjoy a day in the sun with Mon and our fantastic volunteers. It’s always a fantastic occasion.

On Saturday the 16th of March, we will once again be meeting at Auburn High School to take part in Hawthorn's annual Relay for Life. 

Relay For Life is a fun and moving experience which raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.

As always, my team and I are here to help where we can.

All the best,

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