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Melina Bath grew up in Fish Creek, South Gippsland, the daughter of a dairy farmer her family were pioneers in the area.
A love of politics is a family trait with Melina’s great, great, great grandfather, Richard Richardson, serving as a conservative Member for Creswick in the late 1800s and both her parents Stan and Maree long-time National Party stalwarts.
Melina attended Foster and District Secondary College and later took her love for learning and interest in the scientific world on to the University of Melbourne, where she completed a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in chemistry, botany and zoology. She then studied a Diploma in Education. During this time she joined the Melbourne Branch of the Young Nationals and attended meetings, forums and social events.
She travelled overseas before returning home to South Gippsland to support her terminally ill father. Married and settled in Leongatha she realised an opportunity to reinvigorate the town’s health food business. Melina owned the company for 12 years in partnership with family members.
The proud parent of two boys Melina was actively involved in the Leongatha Soccer Club and was secretary for almost 10 years.
Eight years ago Melina returned to her chosen career of secondary teaching and has taught at Mirboo North Secondary College where she was the head of Mathematics.
Her years of study, travel, owning and running her own small business, growing a family, and educating young minds have given Melina the skills, determination and passion to direct her energy into the future prosperity of the Eastern Victorian region.
Not afraid of hard work she is determined to help build on The Nationals proud history of commitment to country Victorians.
Well supported by her partner Gary, Melina is eager to support the Nationals team, to build a strong future for the party and the Eastern Victoria Region.
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.