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Melina carries six generations of Gippslanders in her DNA. The daughter of a dairy farmer, Melina’s pioneering family settled in the Fish Creek district in the late 1800’s. Her maternal grandparents’ family settled in the Warragul area and Grandfather George Tatterson became a regional manager for the SEC.
A love of politics is a family trait with Melina’s great, great, great grandfather, Richard Richardson, serving as a Member for Creswick in the late 1800s.
Melina attended Foster High School and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree and with a Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne.
Settling in Leongatha Melina realised an opportunity to reinvigorate the town’s health food business, an enterprise she owned for 12 years in partnership with family members. Melina is the proud parent of two sons.
In 2008 Melina returned to her chosen career of secondary teaching. Melina taught at Mirboo North Secondary College heading the department of Mathematics until 2015 when she was elected to become The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region.
A love of Gippsland, its people and a strong sense of community propelled Melina into politics. Melina believes that enhancing innovation of Gippsland’s resources and assets, protecting agricultural industries and investing in and growing regional communities should be a key priority for all levels of government.
As the Shadow Assistant Minister for Public Land Melina understands regional communities are deeply connected with the bush and public land and its importance to the regional economy. Melina believes in a balanced approach for public land management that supports sustainable industries, tourism and recreational pursuits while maintaining environmental safeguards.
Melina has served on four parliamentary committees -
• Environment and Planning Standing Committee
• Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee
• Accountability and Oversight Joint Committee
• Electoral Matters Joint Committee
During the 58th parliament Melina was Shadow Assistant Minister for Education.
Community - An action focused, vibrant community energised by innovation and buoyed by traditional values and creative thinking.
Education - Bridging the divide between city and regional educational opportunities so we can grow, develop and retain our talent, and offer our students the best educational opportunities.
Equality - Continuing the Nationals proud tradition of standing up for fairness, through governing and legislating with a sense of justice and responsible management.
Agriculture & Agribusiness - Making Gippsland a world leader in the development and adoption of the most creative, productive and sustainable farming practices.
Small Business - Ensuring we have a robust business community that innovates, produces and markets products and services that cater to a dynamic, diverse clientele.
Healthcare - Building a sustainable healthcare system that can cater to our growing and aging population.