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Melba Support Services Opens – A Step Forward For TAFE

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino, officially opened Melba Support Services’ new headquarters at the former Swinburne Lilydale campus today. Mr Merlino said the official opening was a major step forward in returning the site to educational and community use.

Local Schools Unite For Anti-Bullying Summit

Student representatives from 15 local primary schools came together today for an anti-bullying summit at Apollo Parkways Primary School in Greensborough. Minister for Education, James Merlino, joined more than 30 Grade 5 and 6 students, along with principals and teachers of the 15 schools, to learn about how local students and their schools prevent bullying.

New Smoking Bans To Start At Hospitals And Schools

New smoking bans will commence in three weeks’ time, brought forward by the Andrews Labor Government to protect more Victorians from secondhand smoke. The bans, established under the Tobacco Amendment Act 2014, were due to come into effect on 30 June 2015 but will instead commence on Monday 13 April to coincide with the start of Term 2.

Students Stand Up To Bullying And Cyberbullying

Year 7 students at Monbulk College today joined 800,000 students across Australia in making a stand against bullying on the fifth annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Visiting Monbulk College, Minister for Education, James Merlino, addressed more than 50 Year 7s on the importance of speaking out against bullying and cyberbullying.

Students Ride, Scoot And Walk For Ride2School Day

Thousands of Victorian students took to their bikes, scooters, skateboards or feet this morning to celebrate National Ride2School Day. Minister for Education, James Merlino, welcomed students as they arrived at Yarra Primary School after walking, riding, scooting and skating to school.


"Monbulk electorate residents shouldn’t get a shock when they open their rates notice. This is about ensuring council rates are fair and reflect the needs of our community.” “Our plan means more accountability in the way councils increase their rates, as well as promoting greater sustainability in the sector.”