Born in Newcastle, Melinda moved to Wagga at the age of 12. Melinda has 2 teenagers, a son and a daughter, and 2 adult step - children. She also has 3 Grandchildren. Melinda is a teacher for the NSW Department of Education. Melinda’s first job was as an apprentice mechanic and she is aware of the difficulties faced by girls in non - traditional trades. The Sarah Lloyd Scholarship Fund has provided Melinda the opportunity to assist and encourage female tradies.