The inner west is built on the hard work and generosity of volunteers and community groups. They are the lifeblood of our community and make sure that our society leaves no-one behind. As the Member for Summer Hill, Jo will always work to support and nurture our local community groups.

Community groups

By leave: Autism affects one in 100 children in Australia, and the rate is increasing. Kids with autism often are misunderstood. They are not naughty, but they can find it difficult to cope in new situations or struggle to communicate. Many parents and carers with children diagnosed with autism still face social isolation and have a desire to connect with others who are experiencing the same challenges.

October 18, 2017

Community groups

For over 40 years Vivi Germano-Koutsounados has been advocating for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. Vivi migrated to Australia from Greece in 1954 when she was only nine years old. Her experience of migration has driven her passion for multiculturalism, social justice and human rights for migrants and refugees.

October 12, 2017

Community groups

Few women have had as great an impact on the Australian labour movement than Barbara Murphy, AO.

Barbara was a much-loved and highly effective educator, working in Sydney schools for more than 25 years before joining the NSW Teachers Federation, where she served as both senior vice-president and deputy president.

September 21, 2017

Community groups

Residents across the inner west – and indeed across Australia – have started receiving their postal surveys on marriage equality.

September 19, 2017

Community groups

Gift of Bread is a fantastic example of inner west ingenuity.

Volunteers collect excess bread donated from local bakeries, slice it up, pack it and supply it to community organisations throughout the inner west.

August 09, 2017

Community groups

On Saturday 22 July I joined other local Labor Party members to participate in the Stop WestConnex Lantern procession, which was organised by the many community resident action groups that are opposed to the project. 

August 03, 2017

Community groups

Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill, today presented a blueprint to make the inner west the craft brewing capital of Australia.

June 16, 2017

Community groups

For almost 10 years, Ms Ruth Bradfield Ling, principal of Marrickville West Public School, has been fighting alongside parents, students and neighbouring residents for a second set of flashing lights outside the school on Beauchamp Street, Marrickville. 

June 01, 2017

Community groups

I offer my sincere thanks to Portuguese Australians for all their contributions to our communities and culture. I wish them the best for their national day celebrations on Saturday 10 June 2017.

May 24, 2017

Community groups

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for Australians to stop and reflect on the unfinished business of reconciliation with Indigenous Australians. As a nation we must acknowledge the actions of the past that have brought so much pain to Indigenous Australians and we must recognise the ongoing disadvantage that they face.

May 24, 2017