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Lower Power Bills For Schools In Victoria

One hundred Victorian government schools will take part in the Greener Government School Buildings Pilot Program creating lower energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. The Andrews Labor Government program supports schools to introduce cost saving measures such as solar energy systems and lighting upgrades, and..

Drivers Urged To Stay Safe On The Roads This Easter

Victorians heading away for the Easter long weekend are reminded to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks to ensure they stay safe on the roads. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Minister for Road Safety Luke Donnellan today joined..

More Support For Swimming Lessons

Schools across the state will receive more support for swimming lessons as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to keep Victorian children safe around water. Schools will share in an additional $9.8 million to help contribute to the cost of swimming lessons over the..


The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a brand new sports and recreation hub for Upwey Tecoma. Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino to open the Upwey Tecoma Recreational Sporting Hub (UTCRASH), which was funded with $1.5 million from the..

Strengthening Child Safety To Protect Our Students

The Andrews Labor Government will overhaul Victoria’s teacher registration system to ensure the Victorian Institute of Teaching considers child safety when assessing whether teachers are suitable to teach. Minister for Education James Merlino today welcomed the report of an independent review into Victoria’s teacher regulator,..

Chelsea Heights Primary Unveils Inclusive Spaces

Chelsea Heights students have access to sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and special needs thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson today visited Chelsea Heights Primary School to officially..

Building The Education State In Ashwood

Ashwood families now have the new state-of-the-art secondary school they deserve after the revamped Ashwood High School opened today. Minister for Education James Merlino officially opened the new facilities this afternoon, including an upgraded performing arts hall, a learning centre designed for senior students and..


The Andrews Labor Government is helping Monbulk kindergartens expand and refurbish their centres and giving them access to the latest technology. State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP, today encouraged local kindergartens that need minor infrastructure improvements or a boost to their IT capabilities to..

Tech Fest To Showcase Victoria’s Tech Schools

Interactive art installations, investigating technology in sport, and building a robot from electronic and 3D printed parts are just some of the highlights of this year’s exciting Tech Fest. Celebrating all things, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), from March 19 to April 8, Tech..

Headspace On Board For Schools Anti-Bullying Package

Australia’s leading youth mental health organisation, headspace, will deliver new targeted mental health programs for Victorian government schools as part of a new partnership with the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced headspace will deliver the $4.48 million mental health components..

Bushfire Disaster Assistance For Victorian Communities

Disaster assistance has been extended to Victorian communities affected by the bushfires in the south west of the state. Assistance for the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Moyne and Southern Grampians is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery..

Memorial To Honour Emergency Management Personnel

Treasury Gardens will be home to a new Victorian Emergency Services Memorial commemorating those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting Victorian communities. Emergency Services Minister James Merlino, Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and City of Melbourne Acting Lord Mayor Arron..

Emerald SES Unit To Relocate To Bigger And Better Site

A new headquarters will be built for one of the state’s busiest Victoria State Emergency Services units, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino visited Emerald today to announce the Emerald SES unit will relocate to a new,..

State-Of-The Art Upgrade For Bonbeach Primary

Students in Bonbeach will have the new state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced Bonbeach Primary School will receive $6.3 million for the construction of a brand new main school building. It will..

New Fire Station For Ararat

A new fire station will be built in Ararat thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, delivering a major boost to one of the state’s oldest brigades. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino visited Ararat today to announce the state-of-the-art station will be funded as part..


The government is helping Sherbrooke Archers stay on target with a bullseye of a grant. Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP today announced the club would receive $1995 from the Government’s Sport and Recreation Emergency Equipment Grants program. The grant allows the club to replace..