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Expanding Kindergarten Places For Dandenong Ranges Families

Families in the Yarra Ranges will have access to bigger and better kindergartens, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today visited Kallista Kindergarten to officially open the new expanded centre, cutting a special paper-chain celebratory ribbon created..

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 LEARN LOCAL AWARDS

Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP has today congratulated Leanne Fitzgerald who has been named a finalist in the outstanding practitioner category at this year’s Victorian Learn Local Awards. The awards recognise the contribution of the more than 300 Learn Local organisations and the staff..

Geelong Schools First In Line For Digital Upgrades

Schools across Geelong, the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula will be first in Victoria to receive vital digital upgrades funded by the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 included $67.9 million for better IT support for schools and students across the state. Minister for..

Next Step In Fire Services Reform

The Andrews Labor Government will closely consider recommendations made by the inquiry into the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017. The Inquiry has today released its final report and the Labor Government will respond to its recommendations before returning the..

Work Begins On New Banyule-Nillumbik Tech School

Construction has begun on the new Tech School in Melbourne’s outer North East, fully funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Eltham Vicki Ward and Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines  today turned the first sod on the new Banyule-Nillumbik..

NEW DEFIB BREATHES LIFE INTO LOCAL CLUBS

Monbulk Rangers Soccer Club and Upwey South Tennis Club are set to take their games up a notch when it comes to dealing with an emergency on and off the park with a new defibrillator and training package from the Andrews Labor Government. State Member..

Government Announces Review Into Coolaroo Fire

The Andrews Labor Government will conduct a review of last month’s fire at the SKM Recycling Plant in Coolaroo. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino announced the review today, which will be conducted by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM, Tony Pearce). The Coolaroo fire..

Start Of Construction On Victoria’s Next Tech School

Construction has begun on a new Tech School in Melbourne’s south east, fully funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley, Member for Narre Warren Luke Donnellan, Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera and Member for Dandenong..

New STEAM And Sports Facilities For Bentleigh Students

Construction is underway on the Andrews Labor Government’s massive upgrade of Bentleigh Secondary College. Minister for Education James Merlino joined Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today to turn the first sod on the  $13.4 million upgrade, which includes a new science, technology, engineering, arts and..

$5.9 Million Program To Keep Kids In School

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting all of the recommendations of the Victorian Ombudsman’s report on government school expulsions to help Victorian principals and teachers keep more kids in school and out of trouble. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a new $5.9 million..

Improving Health And Wellbeing Support For Principals

Better mental health support will be the first priority in a plan to improve the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s more than 1,500 government school principals. Minister for Education James Merlino today released a discussion paper to engage Victorian principals on a strategy to boost..

LIGHTS ON AT NEW MT EVELYN PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

The Andrews Labor Government has made crossing York Road in Mt Evelyn safer for school children, parents and local nursery workers. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today joined VicRoads, teachers and students from Mount Evelyn Christian School and staff from the Yarra View Nursery to..

Fairer Model For Cleaning Our Schools

The Andrews Labor Government will establish a fairer schools cleaning contract model that will ensure schools get consistent, high quality services and cleaners are paid properly. It comes after multiple investigations within the past 12 months have found vulnerable staff were being underpaid and mistreated…

Funding Boost To Natural Disaster Resilience Across Victoria

Minster for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced $10 million in funding to enhance Victoria’s preparedness for natural disasters. Minister Keenan said the funding is part of the joint Commonwealth-State $52 million National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Natural..

NEW COMMUNITY FACILITIES FOR UPWEY AND TECOMA

Upwey and Tecoma residents will soon enjoy new community and sporting facilities, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino today turned the first sod to the mark the start of construction of the Upwey Tecoma Community Recreation and Sporting Hub (UTCRASH)…

MONBULK SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN MATH OLYMPIAD

Member for Monbulk James Merlino today met with local students who will participate in the 12th World Cup of World Mathematical Olympiad to be held in Beijing, China in August this year. The students from Billanook and Mooroolbark East Primary School will be challenged to..

New School Buildings For The Latrobe Valley

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $2.1 million in brand new buildings for Latrobe Valley schools. Minister for Education James Merlino made the announcement today during a visit to Yallourn North Primary School. Yallourn North Primary School will receive $1.5 million and Moe South Street..