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October 2019 marks 20 years since The Hon. Jeffrey Kennett AC retired from politics. Jeffrey is a resident of Surrey Hills and we are very excited to welcome Jeff as our first guest in a new series of talks called ‘Local Conversations’.

Jeff is most prominently known as the founder of Beyond Blue, where he acted as Chairman from 2000 – 2017. Beyond Blue is recognised nationally for its work in depression, anxiety and suicide prevention. The organisation is seen as a national leader in the mental health sector advocating for people with mental health conditions and their families.

Jeff is also Chairman of The Torch, a program assisting incarcerated Indigenous men and women during their sentence and post release and he is currently President of the Hawthorn Football Club.

Jeff is one of Australia’s most recognisable political leaders. He entered the Victorian State Parliament in 1977 and was elected Leader of the Opposition in 1982, where he served as Opposition Leader from 1982 – 1989 and 1991- 1992. He was Premier of the State from 1992 to 1999. In total he was a Member of the Victorian Parliament for 23 years. Mr Kennett also served as an Officer in the Royal Australian Regiment at home and abroad.

He is currently Chairman, Director and Patron of a number of companies and community organisations including Chairman of EQT Holdings Limited, Open Windows Australia Pty Ltd and CT Management Group Pty Ltd and Director of Amtek Corp Pty Ltd.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Jeff’s career, his passion for football, his work around mental health, The Torch and more. He will be interviewed by Peter Hall, former Chair of the Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre and a retired politician himself.

Includes light supper.

Please note you do not need to be a member of the Centre to participate in this event.


29/11/2019 6:00 pm
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  • 29/11/2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What you get

The chance to ask Jeff some questions followed by a light supper.

Ticket Options

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You must be an annual member to participate in ongoing term classes at the Neighbourhood Centre.
Membership is optional for workshops. Please sign up for membership here if you would like to become a member.

Event Location


157 Union Road, Surrey Hills, Victoria, 3127, Australia

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