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Helen Patsikatheodorou was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Robert Kumar Community Award for her outstanding contribution to the Hume Community.

Helen Patsikatheodorou is still referred to as the City of Hume’s ‘Pink Mayor’. Now retired from Council after eight years of service, Helen earned her nickname during her second term as Mayor in 2016. After being diagnosed with breast cancer herself, Helen made a point of wearing something pink every day to help remind all women to have regular breast screening.

Her passion for women’s health, support for older people, services for young people, education and multiculturalism, together with her warm exuberance and cheeky humour are usually the first things that come to mind, but Helen’s contributions to Hume go way beyond these. She was first elected to Hume City Council in 2008, serving as mayor in 2011, and again in 2016, before deciding to step down and focus on her health and her family.

Above: Nik Patsikatheodorou with his mum Helen Patsikatheodorou. 

Labor has a vision for a better and fairer Australia - that vision is Labor's Fair Go Action Plan. 

It's a five step plan to improve the lives of Australians and hand over a better future to the next generation.

My interview with SBS Greek in response to Senator Fraser Anning's maiden speech in Parliament on 14 August, 2018:

Parliament has united in fury and determination to condemn unrepentant Queensland senator Fraser Anning for his speech praising the White Australia policy and attacking Muslim immigration.

 

The latest round of the Mobile Black Spot Program has opened, with the Calwell community being given the opportunity to identify parts of our region that struggle with coverage.

In round 4, locals are being encouraged to identify black spots by contacting my office. I will then make submissions to the Department of Communications.

I know locals have had concerns about mobile coverage. Now is the opportunity to get the ball rolling on fixing the coverage issues that have plagued these areas for so long.

Getting a black spot on the database of nominations is the first step to getting funding for a new base station. The national database of black spot locations is only open for new nominations for four weeks, closing on 11th October so the time to act is now.  

Locals who have concerns about mobile black spots that relate to medical, emergency and educational service facilities as well as black spots on major transport routes are particularly encouraged to nominate.

Improving mobile coverage across the country is vital and Labor remains committed to making the issue a priority whether in opposition or in government.

Locations currently in the database can be viewed online at nationalmap.gov.au

My interview with SBS Greek in response to Senator Fraser Anning's maiden speech in Parliament on 14 August, 2018:

Parliament has united in fury and determination to condemn unrepentant Queensland senator Fraser Anning for his speech praising the White Australia policy and attacking Muslim immigration.

 

There will always be Fraser Anning's amongst us; they certainly were amongst my community when I was growing up in the '60s. Fraser Anning has to be condemned for the speech that was given in the Senate last night. It was a deliberate speech - it was intended to divide the community.

As the Federal Member for Calwell, I just want to reach out to my own constituency first and say to them, like them I am too, and my family, have been a part of the great nation building program that was instituted by Arthur Calwell. Australia has a migrant history; migrant Australia has been the bedrock of our nation building. It was so when it began 70 years ago and it will continue to be so well into the future - a non discriminatory immigration program has served this country at its best.

And to my very large Muslim community can I thank you for the great contribution that you are making, not only to our community, but to the broader Australian community.

My interview with SBS Greek in response to Senator Fraser Anning's maiden speech in Parliament on 14 August, 2018:

Parliament has united in fury and determination to condemn unrepentant Queensland senator Fraser Anning for his speech praising the White Australia policy and attacking Muslim immigration.

 

Expression of interest for the 2018 Volunteer Grants in now open. If you are a local service organisation or community group helping disadvantaged communities in Calwell, a Volunteer Grant can provide small amounts of money to support the volunteers. Grants between $1000 - $5000 are available to help non-for-profit community organisations or groups, to support their volunteers through practical measures. Apply and spread the word, as applications close on 18 September 2018. More program details and the application link can be found on this page.