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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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Nardella welcomes $200,000 inclusiveness funding for Melton Specialist School

Melton Specialist School will receive a funding boost to support students with disabilities and special needs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Local MP, Mr Don Nardella MLA today congratulated the school on receiving funding under the $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund. The fund is helping government schools better support the social and education needs […]

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$518 million Ballarat line upgrade released to market

The Andrews Labor Government’s transformation of train services for Melbourne’s west has been released to market. Member for Melton Don Nardella welcomed the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade, which will create space for more trains, more often through Bacchus Marsh and Melton. The Labor Government’s […]

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Kerr’s Rd (Maddingley) rail intersection to get flashing lights/Boom gates

Don Nardella MLA, Member for Melton, is happy to announce that works for the upgrade of the Kerr’s Rd rail crossing will be undertaken this year.  These works at this crossing will include: flashing lights and boom gates. The government are fast-tracking the Safer Country Crossings Program to boost safety and save  lives. The program was […]

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Minister for Health Jill Hennessy turns the sod on a new $21 million Melton Health and Community Services facility

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today turned the first sod on construction works for the $21 million Melton Health and Community Services facility on Barries Road, Melton. Image above: Dr Stefan Gruenert, Chief Executive, Odyssey House Victoria and Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health pictured on Friday 10 February at the official sod turning of the new […]

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$179,388 in wildlife grants

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering $179,388 in funding to help Victoria’s Wildlife Rehabilitators continue to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has allocated $137,278 from the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program to 81 shelter operators and $42,110 for 25 foster carers. The Member for Melton […]

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Melton students benefited from over $122,000 in State Schools Relief assistance in 2016

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed a report showing that Melton government school students received $122,753 in assistance for 867 student applications in 2016.  The funding was used to provide 2,952 items to these students. The funding is part of the State Schools Relief Fund which first began in 1930. Overall 39,000 […]

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Boost to parking as Bacchus Marsh station turns 130

The Andrews Labor Government’s expansion of parking at Bacchus Marsh is complete, as the station celebrates its 130th anniversary. Member for Melton Don Nardella joined commuters and locals at the station today to mark the significant occasion. The Labor Government’s $1 million upgrade has added more than 150 spaces, reducing parking pressure at the busy […]

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Funding for social sports and women’s participation in Melton and Bacchus Marsh is a winner

VicHealth’s latest Active Club Grants are set to increase female engagement and participation in social sport in Melton and Bacchus Marsh, as part of the health promotion body’s plan to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives. Active Club Grants are now providing funding of up to $3,000 or up to $10,000 to community […]

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New Bacchus Marsh and Melton services hit the tracks

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced 10 new weekday train services for Bacchus Marsh and Melton as part of a new V/Line timetable that delivers 80 extra regional services across Victoria. The new timetable introduces a new 7:55pm service from Southern Cross Station to Wendouree each weekday, which arrives in Melton at 8:28pm, as well […]

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Cheaper, Simpler And Fairer Public Transport For Kids

Don Nardella, Member for Melton, has announced that from today the Andrews Labor Government is making it cheaper, simpler and fairer for children to travel on public transport. As from today, the age at which a child must start carrying a myki will be lifted from four to five, saving parents the expense and hassle […]

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More parking at Melton Railway Station

The Andrews Labor Government will build up to number extra car parking spaces at station to make it easier for passengers to find a park and catch the train. Local Member, Mr Don Nardella MLA today announced that the contract has been awarded to upgrade the Melton station’s car park to include 270 new car […]

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Melton Clubs Awarded VicHealth Grants

The Member for Melton, Mr Don Nardella MLA, has welcomed three local Melton Clubs receiving recent VicHealth grants. Grants were awarded to: Melton Cricket Club Melton Football Club (Juniors) Melton Wolves Gridiron Club As part of VicHealth’s plan to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives, Active Club Grants are providing over $400,000 to […]

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Funding boost for Victorian independent schools

Catholic and Independent school students will enjoy new and upgraded facilities thanks to a $32.8 million funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. This will include $730,000 to build four new classrooms at St Anthony’s School in Melton South. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited St Louis De Montfort’s School to announce the funding, which […]

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Parole Reforms Put Victims First and Protect Police

The Andrews Labor Government has passed legislation that ensures anyone who murders a police officer and those who don’t reveal the location of their victim’s body will not be released on parole. Local MP Don Nardella said: “The changes to the Corrections Act 1986 will ensure those people who kill police officers, either on duty […]

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Over 1100 Public Housing Homes Set For Redevelopment

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $185 million to redevelop public housing properties at sites across metropolitan Melbourne, with an increase of at least 10 per cent in social housing. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley made the announcement at Prahran at one of the estates earmarked for redevelopment and said residents may […]

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Record frontline police boost to keep Victorians safe

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria Police with the largest single investment in the history of the police force – funding thousands of new police to fight crime. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Police Lisa Neville joined Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and Police Association Secretary Ron Iddles at the Victoria Police Centre to […]

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Record ambulance investment to put Melton and Bacchus Marsh patients first

The Andrews Labor Government will build a new ambulance station in Melton and boost ambulances resources in Bacchus Marsh, giving paramedics the facilities and support they need to quickly respond to local emergencies. The new ambulance station in Melton will receive a new 24-hour team with 14 full-time equivalent paramedics and a new ambulance vehicle. […]

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Putting People First with Free Glasses in Schools

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA, has welcomed news that more than 30,000 primary students will receive free eye testing and glasses at school in a Victorian-first. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino today launched Glasses for Kids at Melbourne University’s optometry school and gave two students from Carlton Primary School […]

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Raising The Bar: Top 30 Per Cent Of Students For Teaching

Teacher education and training in Victoria will be overhauled to make sure we have the best teachers in the country so every Victorian student can reach their full potential. The Andrews Labor Government today launched Excellence in Teacher Education reforms to attract and develop the best and brightest teachers to Victoria. These landmark reforms will […]

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Sydenham Level Crossing Removal to Start this Summer

Melton and local commuters will soon benefit from the removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing on Melton Highway in Sydenham which the Member for Melton, Mr Don Nardella MLA said will start this summer. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today joined Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins to announce BMD Constructions will build […]

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Helping Melton preserve the legacy of our veterans

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Coimadai Avenue of Honour Restoration Association Inc give our veterans the fitting commemoration they deserve. Don Nardella, Member of Melton, today announced a $5,455 grant to purchase 129 name plaques for WWI volunteers from Coimadai, to replace the plaques on the avenue lost under the waters of Merrimu […]

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Six extra train carriages on local services in two days

The first six new regional carriages ordered by the Andrews Labor Government are now in service – and all of them on services through Melton and Bacchus Marsh. The extra carriages will double the number of seats on four busy peak services, reducing crowding and creating a more comfortable ride for thousands of passengers. The first […]

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Reporting For Duty: More Police And PSOs Hit The Beat

An extra 20 police officers and 19 Protective Services Officers (PSOs) have made the pledge to keep Victorians safe as recruitment ramps up at the Victoria Police Academy. Police Squad 18 and PSO Squad 2 today celebrated their graduations at the Academy in Glen Waverley. The police graduates – including 10 men and 10 women […]

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Melton schools get upgrade funding

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA has welcomed funding for Melton schools which are part of a 400 Victorian Schools Upgrade program. Mr Nardella said: Students at more than 400 schools across the state will soon have better classrooms and facilities, thanks to a funding boost of more than $40 million for school maintenance. […]

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