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Collingwood posts 32-point AFL win over Hawthorn at Sydney’s Giants Stadium



Collingwood returned to the AFL winners list against an inept Hawthorn side, with the luckless Jon Patton making a miserable return to his old home ground.

Coming off consecutive losses, and dealing with several off-field distractions, the Magpies kicked the first three goals and dominated a horribly out-of-sorts Hawthorn to win 8.11 (59) to 3.9 (27) at Giants Stadium in Sydney.

In recent weeks, Collingwood has had players suspended for breaching COVID-19 protocols, launched an internal investigation into racism allegations made by former player Heritier Lumumba, and had star Jordan de Goey charged with indecent assault.

The Hawks scored just 2.1 in the first half and had only 14 points by three-quarter time.

It was the lowest score Hawthorn has kicked in coach Alastair Clarkson’s lengthy tenure as coach, which stretches back to 2005.

The win lifted Collingwood six places to fourth, while Hawthorn remain outside the top eight.

Brody Mihocek bagged a four-goal haul for the eighth time in his career as the Magpies moved the ball better than they have managed in recent weeks, especially in the first half.

Former Giant Patton, in his first match back at the ground he called home for eight seasons, limped off midway through the first quarter.

Key forward Patton, whose career has frequently been stalled by knee problems including three reconstructions, suffered his latest setback while sliding to take a low mark.

He was visibly upset and distraught on the bench, sparking fears he may face another lengthy stint on the sideline.

The Hawks, though, said it was a hamstring injury and Patton may miss just a week or two.

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Back on the ground where they lost to GWS last week, the Hawks moved the ball poorly as they slumped to successive defeats for the first time this season.

The Hawks were also hurt by having midfield prime mover Tom Mitchell off the ground a couple of times in the first half to have a head wound cleaned up.

The Magpies, who have not been outscored in any opening quarter this season, made another fast start with their tall forwards prominent.

Mihocek booted two goals and Mason Cox and debutant Will Kelly one each.

Kelly, whose father Craig played alongside Magpies coach Nathan Buckley, goaled with his first kick but appeared to suffer a hand injury late in the match.

The Hawks did not win enough ball and failed to make the most of the possession they did get, managing a paltry 11 inside-50 entries to half-time.

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Premier criticises union protest at Hawthorn East work site


Police at the building site on Wednesday morning.

Police at the building site on Wednesday morning. Credit:Penny Stephens

They helped to escort workers off the site and by 4pm all parties had dispersed.

Hundreds of union members gathered again on Wednesday morning, with police returning to the site to ensure public safety.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the protest could “potentially spread the virus”.

“I want to be very clear that no gathering that size is appropriate no matter what the cause, no matter what the issue, no matter what the reason, because all those sorts of gatherings do is potentially spread that virus so police and public health officials will deal with that matter,” he told radio station 3AW.

“But I just urge anyone, there’s ways to make your point, there are ways to be heard. Spreading the virus is in no one’s interest, no one”.

The protest comes after two union officials were allegedly assaulted at the site on Tuesday morning.

The protest comes after two union officials were allegedly assaulted at the site on Tuesday morning. Credit:Penny Stephens

Police Minister Lisa Neville told the radio station she understood that police would fine those not abiding by the rules unless they cooperate with social distancing guidelines.

On Tuesday night, CFMMEU Victorian state secretary John Setka said the two union officials were “just doing their job when attacked by a bunch of cowards”.

“Members’ safety is our main priority. This is unacceptable,” he tweeted.

The left lane of Toorak Road is closed in both directions between Auburn Road and Tooronga Road, and the speed limit decreased to 40km/h.

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CFMMEU official in hospital after alleged assault at Hawthorn East site


A spokeswoman for the CFMMEU said two officials had arrived on site with “all their paperwork in order” when they were “attacked and jumped” by up to seven men.

She said one of the men was knocked unconscious after being struck in the back of the head with some kind of object. He was taken to hospital and has since woken up but was “not in great shape”, she said.

The investigation is now in the hands of police. They are on site investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Toorak Road is closed in both directions between Auburn Road and Tooronga Road due to the incident.



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Hawthorn holds off North Melbourne AFL comeback to win by four points, Geelong and Brisbane score victories


Hawthorn held off a late rally by North Melbourne to score a four-point AFL win at Docklands, after Geelong and Brisbane posted victories earlier in the day.

The listless Kangaroos did not score in the third quarter against the Hawks and even trailed by a match-high 31 points in the final term.

But the Kangaroos, somehow, came storming home with the last four goals of the match to fall agonisingly short — 8.10 (58) to 8.6 (54).

A lively three goal-performance by Chad Wingard looked set to ease the Hawks to a comfortable win before the the Kangaroos sprang to life.

Debutant Tristan Xerri started the ball rolling with his first career goal 12 minutes into the last quarter, Ben Brown kicked his only goal of the night two minutes later, before Cam Zurhaar and Tarryn Thomas followed suit.

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The margin was five points when Curtis Taylor sprayed his shot and Jy Simpkin’s left-foot snap in traffic went the wrong side of the post for Kangaroos supporters with 19 seconds to go.

It was the last score of the night, allowing the Hawks to scrape to a win which had looked well in their keeping.

Wingard’s goal treble was the match-high return, while James Worpel, Liam Shiels and Tom Mitchell were important on the ball for Hawthorn.

The Hawks led by two points at the first break and should have been further than 21 points up midway through the second quarter, such was their dominance through the middle.

Wingard recovered from an earlier bad miss to slot two goals but Shaun Higgins was key as the Kangaroos hit back late to trail by nine points at half-time.

Hawks tall Mitchell Lewis booted the first goal of the third quarter and Shiels snapped the next with a minute to go.

In between those goals — as had so often happened since footy’s restart — a grim stalemate of slow ball movement was the norm, with both teams struggling to generate meaningful forward forays.

The margin blew out to 31 points as Wingard booted his third, before the match underwent its wild fluctuation.

Cats survive frantic finish

Geelong survived a spirited comeback from Melbourne to hold on for a three-point win at the MCG but the result has come at a significant cost, with star defender Tom Stewart suffering a suspected broken collarbone.

The dual All-Australian backman was hurt in an off-the-ball incident involving Tom McDonald, who moved towards Stewart before the pair bumped shoulders in a seemingly innocuous clash.

Stewart came off second best and was ruled out at quarter-time.

It was a sour note for the Cats on a day when they failed to impress but did enough to outlast Melbourne in a dour 7.5 (47) to 6.8 (44) win.

The match did not come alive until the final few minutes, when Cats defender Mark O’Connor’s horror turnover in the back pocket allowed Angus Brayshaw to kick a goal that cut the margin to four points.

Off-season recruit Adam Tomlinson had the chance to win the match for Melbourne in the dying stages but his set shot from 50 metres out drifted just wide.

Two AFL players from Geelong and Melbourne pull on each other's jumper as they look to the sky waiting for the ball.
Geelong’s Darcy Fort (left) had his hands full with Max Gawn all match.(AAP: Michael Dodge)

Cam Guthrie, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola and Patrick Dangerfield were all busy for Geelong throughout the match, as Darcy Fort and Esava Ratugolea worked hard to prevent Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn from dominating.

The ugly contest produced the lowest-scoring first half of 2020 with few highlights to speak of despite the match being played in perfect conditions.

The Demons looked out of it until the final few minutes when Brayshaw gave them a sniff.

The tough on-baller kicked two majors as the only multiple goal kicker for either side on the day.

Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney and Christian Petracca were among Melbourne’s best ball-winners and Kysaiah Pickett often looked dangerous in attack without kicking a goal.

Off-target Lions beat Crows

A wayward Brisbane Lions outfit prevailed by 37 points against the struggling Adelaide Crows in an AFL win punctuated by more injury concerns for captain Dayne Zorko.

The Lions dominated to lead by 40 points at half-time at the Gabba, but were almost made to pay for their wastefulness when the winless Crows kicked four-unanswered goals to get within 16 in the third term.

But, after seven consecutive behinds, Brisbane’s Zac Bailey kicked straight and Daniel Rich skipped one through from 60 metres out, as the hosts shot away to a 10.23 (83) to 7.4 (46) win.

Zorko missed last week’s defeat of West Coast with a similar injury and his return was short-lived, limping off to have his calf strapped as half-time loomed.

Lachie Neale (0.5) and Hugh McLuggage (1.5) managed 10 behinds between them to offset an inside-50 count more than double that of their rivals.

A Brisbane Lions AFL player runs with the ball in both hands in front of his teammates against the Adelaide Crows.
Lachie Neale (centre) was among the Lions guilty of wayward kicking on goal.(AAP: Darren England)

A third straight victory moves Brisbane (3-1) to equal second on the ladder behind the unbeaten Port Adelaide. The two teams will face each other at the Gabba next Saturday night.

Crows skipper Rory Sloane looked to roll his ankle but completed the match, while second-gamer Will Hamill (concussion) was a casualty and emerging forward Darcy Fogarty was a late scratching after hurting his shoulder on Friday at training.

Those injuries heaped more misery on a Crows side, flogged last week by Gold Coast and still facing two more weeks in their Queensland hub.

Former Crow Charlie Cameron enjoyed the return of 8,312 vocal spectators, taking a huge final-quarter mark and employing his trademark handlebars celebration after a second goal.

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John Kennedy Sr, Hawthorn player and Legend of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, dead at 91


Hawthorn and Australian football legend, John Kennedy senior, has died aged 91.

The Hawthorn Football Club released a statement saying he peacefully passed away this morning.

“He was a man of extraordinary humility and strong family values and his legacy will live on, always,” the club said.

A former captain, coach and administrator, Kennedy was recently elevated to legend status in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

The man known as Kanga won four best-and-fairests during his 164-match playing career for Hawthorn between 1950 and 1959.

But it was off the field where he made his most significant mark on the game, coaching the Hawks to their first three premierships in 1961, 1971 and 1976.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge and coach Alistair Clarkson receive the AFL premiership cup from John Kennedy.
The former coach remained part of the club for decades, presenting the Hawks with their premiership cup in 2013.(AAP: David Crosling)

He was a towering figure for the club, famous for his motivational speeches and his rallying cry “don’t think, do”.

“We would get some of the Bible, some of Karl Marx, some of Winston Churchill in our pre-game and post-match addresses that he made and I must admit, I was in the front row,” David Parkin, who took over as Hawks coach following Kennedy’s departure in 1976, said.

“John has had the greatest influence on the history of that club and anybody who had the privilege of playing under him or working with him would probably answer that question in exactly the same way.

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Kennedy came back to coaching from 1985 to 1989 with North Melbourne.

But the Hawks remained tied with his family.

His son, John Kennedy junior, played 12 seasons for Hawthorn, and was part of four premierships.

His grandson, Josh Kennedy, was taken as a father-son selection in the 2006 AFL draft by Hawthorn, and played 13 games for the club before being traded to Sydney.

“John’s impact on Hawthorn Football Club will be eternal and his legacy will always live on at Hawthorn.

“So much of what Hawthorn is today, is because of the foundations John laid in yesteryears.

“His booming voice will forever echo in the corridors of the football club and the legend of the man in the brown overcoat, with a heart of gold, will be passed down from generation to generation of Hawthorn family.”



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Dustin Martin’s absence not to blame for Richmond loss to Hawthorn, says Tigers coach Damien Hardwick


Coach Damien Hardwick has warned Dustin Martin won’t be Richmond’s panacea as the struggling Tigers expect to welcome back their biggest star against St Kilda next week.

With Martin sidelined with bruised ribs, the Tigers were held to just five goals for the second straight week in a 32-point defeat to Hawthorn on Thursday night.

It left the reigning premiers winless from two games since the season restart after a dour draw with Collingwood in round two.

Slow starts have hurt Hardwick’s side, which has gone goalless in first quarters against the Hawks and Magpies and laid only nine tackles in the first half against Hawthorn.

Hardwick declared Martin a highly probable inclusion against St Kilda in round four but said his underperforming team needed a lift across the board.

“You take one of the best players, if not the best player in the league, out of your side and you’d prefer to have him than not,” Hardwick said.

“But the reality is there’s 22 other players that play our way, they just didn’t play well enough tonight.

“He’s a very important player, don’t get me wrong, but our expectation is that our players that pull on the jumper play a hell of a lot better than they did tonight and I’ve got to coach them better as well.”

A Hawthorn AFL player kicks the ball against as he is being chased by a Richmond player at the MCG.
Hawthorn outsmarted and outplayed the Tigers on Thursday night.(AAP: Michael Dodge)

Martin has been incredibly durable over the course of his decorated career, with Thursday night’s match just the eighth AFL game he has missed in 10 seasons.

The 28-year-old has played 226 of the Tigers’ 233 matches since making his AFL debut in round one of the 2010 season.

He hurt his ribs in an intra-club match before round two and carried the injury into the Collingwood clash before being rested.

“We think he’s highly probable next week,” Hardwick said.

“He was touch and go this week but we made the call just to get it right.

“We don’t want it to be nagging him for another two to three weeks.”

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Richmond loses to Hawthorn by 32 points in AFL round-three clash at MCG



Richmond’s scoring woes since the AFL season restart have continued, as the Tigers were held to just five goals for the second-straight week in a surprise 32-point defeat to Hawthorn at the MCG.

The Tigers were kept goalless in the first quarter, as Hawthorn’s midfield flipped the form guide with a dominant display in the 11.5 (71) to 5.9 (39) victory.

Jaeger O’Meara marked a successful return from a facial fracture with 23 disposals, four clearances and a goal as wingman Isaac Smith (29 disposals and a goal) ran riot.

Chad Wingard (three goals) and Jack Gunston (two) were dangerous in attack and Hawthorn led by 44 points at three-quarter time before easing up in the final term.

The only solace for the Tigers is the likelihood that superstar Dustin Martin will return next week after missing the Hawks clash with bruised ribs.

But spearhead Jack Riewoldt could find himself in trouble with the match review officer for a late elbow to James Sicily’s side that saw the Hawks defender awarded a 50-metre penalty after a mark.

Boosted by O’Meara’s inclusion, Hawthorn’s midfield launched an immediate response to last week’s hammering from Geelong by tearing Richmond apart early.

The Hawks’ superior work rate set the tone and led to a lopsided uncontested possession count (63-32) by quarter-time.

They had eight scores from 13 forward 50 entries and kicked five unanswered goals in the first term.

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Richmond lacked its trademark urgency and took longer than 25 minutes to kick its first goal.

Smith had 21 touches in the first half and O’Meara had 16 — seven of them contested — at 100 per cent efficiency, while the Tigers’ four leading possession winners to the same point were all defenders.

The Hawks were justified in their decision to stick with a tall backline against a fleet-footed Tiger attack, with premiership ruckman Ben McEvoy outstanding in his new role as part of a defence that held firm.

Jonathan Ceglar was influential in his ruck role opposed to Ivan Soldo.

Veteran goal sneak Paul Puopolo was a late out for the Hawks with a sore calf, replaced by Jack Scrimshaw.

Richmond will attempt to bounce back against St Kilda at Docklands on Saturday week, with Hawthorn to meet North Melbourne at the same ground the following day.

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Geelong thrash Hawthorn by 61 points at Kardinia Park, as Gary Ablett stars in Patrick Dangerfield’s 250th


Geelong has put old rivals Hawthorn to the sword, and calmed fears that 2020 would be a defensive low-scoring season with a brilliant performance at Kardinia Park.

After the first four quarters of football in the restarted season, there had been grumbling from fans and pundits at the low-scoring grind of Richmond’s MCG draw with Collingwood.

Just 10 goals for the match shone a negative spotlight on the move to shortened 16-minute quarters for the 2020 season.

Then Geelong and Hawthorn came out at Kardinia Park and quickly proved they didn’t need lots of time to put points on the board.

The Cats finished off a four-quarter effort to win 17.6 (108) to 7.5 (47).

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Geelong took just 21 seconds to get things moving, with ruckman Rhys Stanley winning the clearance as Geelong went straight forward for Luke Dahlhaus to kick the opening goal.

Like Collingwood the night before, it was the Cats who got the jump, booting the first three goals of the game.

Hawthorn found an answer in the first quarter, and ended up kicking four of their own in the opening term for a combined total of nine.

And unlike the first game of the round, the scoring didn’t dry up.

Whether that was because both sides lacked the shutdown qualities of Collingwood and Richmond or were better in attack is a matter for debate.

But in all, 24 goals were kicked in a much more entertaining contest.

Cats answer the critics

After round one, there were concerns about Geelong’s list and playing style, following a 32-point loss to GWS in Sydney.

The Hawks were ultra-impressive, beating the fancied Brisbane Lions comfortably.

Since then there has been a break of more than 11 weeks — and it became clear at Kardinia Park that the early form had gone out the window.

If there had been any questions about the Cats’ older players, they were answered.

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Gary Ablett kicked two goals and could have had a third by half-time. He had four score involvements, three inside 50s and two tackles inside 50 as he helped the Cats lock the ball in the forward 50.

Ablett began the second half in similar fashion, crafting a perfect kick to Stanley that set up another goal and gave Geelong a 13-point break.

At 36 years of age, Ablett has made it clear that this is his last season in the AFL.

On his first four quarters’ evidence, the dual Brownlow Medallist will have plenty to offer his team.

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His defensive pressure up forward, his vision and pin-point passing, not to mention his reminder that he can still kick one from outside 50, make him extremely dangerous.

Another veteran, skipper Joel Selwood, had 28 disposals, eight clearances, three tackles and a goal.

On the other side, another “old stager” was making the most of his opportunities.

Shaun Burgoyne was a key for the Hawks up forward as they came back from a solid margin.

He kicked a goal, had two goal assists and a couple of tackles as his renowned game sense came to the fore.

Tough night for tall timber at Kardinia

There were plenty of tall forwards on offer at Kardinia Park, but they weren’t the key to the game.

Tom Hawkins and Esava Ratugolea for the Cats and Jonathon Patton for the Hawks had quiet matches.

Instead it was a night for the small forwards.

Aside from Ablett, it was players like Dahlhaus, Joel Selwood, Tom Atkins, Gryan Miers, Mitch Duncan and Sam Menegola who were finishing off attacks for the home side.

Stanley kicked a couple of goals, but as a ruckman rather than a tall forward.

For Hawthorn, the likes of Luke Breust, midfielder Oliver Hanrahan and Burgoyne got on the scoreboard.

Patton grabbed a goal and Gunston two, but it was a game for quick movement and sharp passing rather than aerial contests.

The Cats were playing at home, but in front of a sea of empty seats.

It was the intent of the Geelong side that made the difference.

They dominated the clearances, contested possessions and inside 50s, making relatively easy work of the Hawks.

The Cats were able to rotate many players through the middle, and the Hawks did not have the answers.

Danger breaks out late in 250th

An AFL player smiles as he walks off the ground past a row of his cheering teammates.
Patrick Dangerfield had a big win in his landmark 250th game, but he didn’t have it all his own way at Kardinia Park.(AAP: Scott Barbour)

It may have been Patrick Dangerfield’s 250th, but Hawthorn was not in a mood to give out any presents for his landmark game.

The Geelong star was corralled and kept silent for a fair part of the game by Liam Shiels.

Dangerfield, who is capable at his best of breaking games open, was stifled to the point that he had just seven touches to half-time.

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It took him until more than halfway through the third term before he made an impact, closing down Isaac Smith to get a holding the ball call.

He went back and kicked the goal, and minutes later had a chance for another when Ablett found him in the right forward pocket — only to hit the post with his set shot.

Later on he was slung in a tackle by Burgoyne, although it appeared to be careless rather than intentional.

Dangerfield’s head hit the ground, and although he got up, it was called as a dangerous tackle and Burgoyne might find himself mentioned by the Match Review Panel.

As the Hawks faded in the second half, he came more into the game, and finished with 24 disposals, five clearances and a goal.

By three quarter-time, the game was gone for the Hawks, with the Cats leading by 37 points.

Geelong went on with it in the final term, kicking four goals to no score in what was a diversion from the usual thrillers played between the sides in the last decade.

The Hawks will have to back up against Richmond next week at the MCG, while Geelong will stay at Kardinia Park for a Saturday night match against Carlton, before matches against Melbourne and Gold Coast.



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Beyond Blue leaves leafy Hawthorn for new city digs


Beyond Blue chief business officer Mark Burke said the existing Hawthorn lease expires on May 31.

“We chose to move to a central location because it offered better accessibility for the community and staff. The new arrangement also offers better value for money,” Mr Burke told Capital Gain.

Former prime minister Julia Gillard assumed the helm as chair of Beyond Blue in 2017.

The deal is understood to have been struck by the building’s leasing agent, Fitzroy’s Rob Harrington, who declined to comment. Asking rents are believed to be around $600-$650 a sq m gross.

The ties with Hawthorn are not completely severed. Beyond Blue will maintain its partnership with Hawthorn Football Club, Mr Burke said.

Wilder house

The first CBD sale of the Covid-19 era has concluded with 12 bidders demonstrating plenty of confidence and enthusiasm.

41-45 A'Beckett Street.

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A local investor splashed out $7.7 million on a three-storey modernist office building at 41-45 A’Beckett Street in the city’s northern education precinct.

Wilder House has been owned by the Wilder family since 1962 and is one of a small cohort of buildings remaining from the area’s manufacturing past.

Apartments now tower over the old low-rise buildings near RMIT University and the new CBD State Library station.

Colliers International agents Oliver Hay, Chris Ling, Leon Ma and Daniel Wolman and MPC Moss Property Consultants’ James Moss negotiated the sale.

The 668 sq m property is leased to three tenants and sold on a land rate of $27,500 a sq m and a building rate of $11,527 a sq m. The sale reflected a tight yield of 2.89 per cent.

Next on the block for the Colliers team is 62-64 Little Latrobe Street, a three storey building that backs on to Literature Lane.

Records show the vendors are Rohan and Simon Cresp who run their private training college, iAscend Polytechnic, out of the premises.

The 368 sq m building is on a 123 sq m site and is expected to sell for about $5 million.

It was purchased by the Cresps in 2013 for $2.2 million and received a permit to demolish and erect a new building in 2016.

Blessed trade

A landmark Box Hill development site has changed hands between different wings of the Catholic Church.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes has paid $8.2 million for a 5074 sq m holding at 110 Albion Road offloaded by the Association of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor.

The site, near the intersection of Middleborough Road, adjoins the Franciscan Friars’ heritage listed St Paschal’s complex, and looks on to Gardiners Creek.

The deal was done by Colliers International’s Ted Dwyer, Ben Baines and Alex Browne following an expressions of interest campaign managed by Innova Capital.

VMCH will develop an aged care facility on the site with a focus on specialist dementia and palliative care.

Mr Dwyer said the campaign elicited more than 100 enquiries from a range of residential, aged care, childcare and church developers but its special use zoning made it risky for residential developers.

Derelict nursing home buildings had occupied the site but were demolished in 2019, he said.

It’s the second acquisition VMCH has made in recent months. It recently purchased a former Benetas aged care facility in East Ivanhoe.

The Box Hill project is expected to be complete in late 2023.

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