Current Issues

Community Correction Order Laws in Force

New laws preventing courts from using community correction orders (CCOs) as a sentencing option for the most serious crimes, such as rape and murder, come into force today said Melton MP, Mr Don Nardella MLA. Mr Nardella said: Attorney-General Martin Pakula introduced the new laws in October last year to better align sentencing with community […]

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Liberals shun the western suburbs – Nardella

After four long years of doing nothing, the Liberals are shamelessly trying to stop the construction of the Western Distributor – a desperately needed second river crossing. Residents in the West have been calling for an alternative to the West Gate Bridge for decades and it’s taken the Andrews Labor Government to do something about […]

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Laws Proclaimed For Carjackings And Home Invasions

Tough new laws for carjacking and home invasion will be in force from tomorrow, Wednesday 7 December, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to crack down on violent crime in the community. The Government today proclaimed four new offences – carjacking, aggravated carjacking, home invasion and aggravated home invasion – to give police the laws […]

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10-Year Plan on Family Violence

After receiving the Family Violence Royal Commission, we promised we’d get on with delivering the Ten Year Plan. Today, we are delivering on that promise. It’s a Plan that provides a pathway for implementing every Royal Commission recommendation. And it’s a Plan that will outlive this term of government, and the one after, and the […]

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Early Recruitment of Police to Put Academy at Capacity

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed action by the Premier Andrews and the Minister for Police in their decision to bring to capacity trainees at the Victoria Police Academy which will bring more police recruitment forward and additional frontline police. Minister for Police Lisa Neville said the decision made last month has […]

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Animal welfare action plan – draft now available for public consultation

Animal welfare matters. It’s important to animals; and it’s important to the Victorian community, the Government, our animal industries and the Victorian economy. That’s why we are developing a five-year action plan — Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria. The Action Plan will build on Victoria’s existing strong reputation for animal welfare and identify […]

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Independent Panel to Resolve School Disputes – Nardella

Mr Don Nardella MLA has welcomed moves that will enable parents and students to access a new independent umpire to help resolve disputes with their school. Mr Nardella said: A new Independent Panel for School Dispute Resolution will be established to help deal with complex complaints in Victorian government schools. This new approach will help […]

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Nardella welcomes boost for family violence support services

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with implementing Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations through further investments in support services for victims of family violence and sexual assault and the appointment of an Implementation Monitor. Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA, today welcomed the announcement of funding boost of $87 million for family violence support […]

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Targeting financial abuse: more support for family violence victims

Victims of family violence who suffer financially at the hands of perpetrators will have access to new specially trained financial counsellors, thanks to a $1.75 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Financial abuse is a form of family violence. Perpetrators often take full control of their victim’s savings and spending, rendering them financially dependent. […]

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Tough new laws for carjacking and home invasions

Local Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed action by the Andrews Labor Government to introduce legislation to create tough new offences for carjacking and home invasion. Legislation introduced in Parliament this week will give police the laws they need to keep the local community safe.  Developed in close consultation with Victoria Police, the […]

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More services, on time, to Melton and Melbourne’s west

See also: Nardella secures $518m Melton Rail Line Duplication The Andrews Labor Government decision to duplicate the Ballarat line to Melton will deliver more services when they are needed most and improve reliability, so more trains turn up on time. Melton MP Don Nardella said: The duplication will pave the way for the future electrification […]

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Nardella secures $518m Melton Rail Line Duplication

See also: More services, on time, to Melton and Melbourne’s west The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA, has secured long awaited funding for the Melton rail line duplication. In yesterday’s budget Melton was a big winner with $518m being set aside for the duplication to Deer Park West and other related infrastructure projects. $2.24m  […]

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Melton & Moorabool young people access health care

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA was delighted with funding for the Doctors in Secondary Schools program from the government’s announced Budget today. Doctors will regularly visit 100 Victorian government secondary schools as part of a $43.7 million program to help ensure young people get the healthcare they need. Minister for Education James Merlino […]

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Statement on V/Line from the Minister for Public Transport

The Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Public Transport, has released the following statement regarding V/Line services. Since January this year, regional train passengers have been subject to unacceptable disruption. As a result, V/Line commissioned an independent review into what caused issues. That report is now available and shows a combination of tight curves on […]

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Breakfast Clubs Launch at Melton

Don Nardella MLA has welcomed funding for three local schools whose students will enjoy a healthy start to the day thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s new breakfast club program. Victorian Government breakfast clubs officially launch at 78 more primary schools across Victoria today, including three local Melton schools – Kurunjang, Coburn, and Melton Primary […]

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No more excuses: The time to fix our broken family violence system is now

Family violence victims will be at the heart of the Government’s implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Melton MP, Don Nardella MLA has today welcomed the report and vowed to be a strong advocate for victims and survivors. Mr Nardella said the The Andrews Labor Government would implement all the […]

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We will put family violence supporters at the centre of reform

Survivors of family violence will be at the heart of the Andrews Labor Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will lead a new Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council who will ensure the Government makes the changes needed to protect Victorians. The council comes as the […]

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Melton parents urged to apply for funding to create local playgroup

Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA,  has today urged locals wanting to start a playgroup in our region to apply to share in the $50,000 Andrews Labor Government’s Great Start Community Playgroup Fund. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, announced the new grants during the launch of National Playgroup Week. Mr Nardella said: “This […]

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Turnbull Cuts $M13.1 from Local Melton Schools – Nardella

Schools in Melton just got some bad news, with the damage bill for Malcolm Turnbull’s statewide school cuts totalling a massive $1.1 billion and targeting the students who need the most help. Under the cuts, schools in Melton will lose up to $M13.1 every year from 2019. The nine-digit figure, released today by the Andrews […]

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More beds and faster care for Melton, Moorabool and west patients

The Andrews Labor Government has fulfilled its commitment to open 101 new beds and points of care through the $200 million Beds Rescue Fund, less than one year after they were promised. Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA said the $200 million Fund had delivered extra Hospital beds to Djerriwarrh Health (4), Western Health (4) […]

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New Laws Tighten Net On Drug Dealers And Protect Kids

Ice dealers who peddle drugs to children in or near schools will spend up to 25 years in prison under new laws to clamp down on drug suppliers and dealers. The Victorian Parliament today passed the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment Bill 2015, which introduces seven new drug offences that give police additional powers […]

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Become a foster carer

It’s the little things that count – like a trip to the footy or sharing a meal at the table – that are the focus of a new campaign to attract the next generation of foster carers in Melton & Moorabool. Member for Melton, Mr Don Nardella MLA is encouraging local residents from all walks […]

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Victorian Labor government delivers medical equipment boost for Western Health, while Liberals cut funding

Patients and hospitals in Melton and Moorabool and across Victoria will benefit from the latest cutting edge, lifesaving medical technology thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA today announced that Western Health was one of 20 Victorian hospitals to share in the $35 million Medical Equipment Replacement program. The program […]

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Western Distributor Project Gets The Green Light

The Andrews Labor Government will partner with Transurban to build the $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project, which includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade and upgrades to Webb Dock. Premier Daniel Andrews, Treasurer Tim Pallas and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today released the Victorian Government’s reference business case, which shows the project stacks up financially, delivering […]

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New laws put greyhound welfare first

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced new laws to increase the focus on animal welfare in the greyhound industry. Speaking in Parliament today, the Minister said the changes will provide stronger powers and increased penalties for baiting, blooding and luring greyhounds. The Racing and Other Acts Amendment (Greyhound Racing and Welfare Reform) Bill also […]

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