Housing Choices Australia Group - Annual Report 2020


Linda was the 2019 winner of the Victorian Social Housing Volunteer, Molly Hadfield Award. Victorian Minister for Housing and Planning, The Hon. Richard Wynne MP, presented Linda with the award and said, "you’re making our State a better place to live and giving your neighbours a reason to smile.” Linda is actively engaged in representing the experiences of older people in metropolitan Melbourne. Linda's contributions enable Housing Choices Australia and City of Melbourne to improve service delivery and the experience of community housing for people over 55 years of age. Linda volunteers as a member of the Victorian Resident Advisory Committee and has not missed a single meeting since its inception eight years ago. Linda has advocated for the 55 plus cohort via guest speaking roles at housing events and volunteered her time to sit on panels to review and monitor small grants programs for residents to improve their participation in recreation and education activities. Linda is an active member of Housing Choices’ Victorian Resident Advisory Committee (VRAC) and was recognised for her outstanding contributions in improving the lives of people in her local community.

Naomi, Linda’s Community Development Ocer says: “including, involving and importantly empowering, those who live in the neighbourhood and who know it best really is key to building strong, happy and resilient communities. Linda lives and breathes this philosophy with everything that she does – she consistently reaches out, to both Housing Choices as an organisation and to her neighbours (both in her block and from the broader community) to bring them on her journey and to provide them with the tools they need to improve their quality of life. Linda is the perfect exemplar of how to be an active member within your community and a positive agent of change.”


The Molly Hadfield Award honours outstanding services to older residents.

The award is named after the late Mary (Molly) Hadfield OAM, who was a dedicated advocate for public housing tenants. She was also a founding member of the Housing for the Aged Action Group, which formed in 1983.


Housing Choices Australia | Annual Report 2019-20

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