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Maria Hawkins

Housing Officer

My Story

I grew up in the UK and emigrated to Australia in 1998. I now live South of the river with my husband and French Bulldog.


I worked for many years in the travel industry and then moved into residential property management before starting in the community services sector, first housing Humanitarian Entrants and Refugees, and then addressing the market gap between social housing and affordable rentals, helping participants develop skills and financial capacity to remain in private rental independently.


In May 2021 I commenced as Community Housing Officer at Connect. I believe I have found a passion in supporting older people in affordable housing that provides not only security of tenure but a welcoming and thriving community that they can be a part of.

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