Santa Claus braved the heat to spread the joy in Melton. Santa's appearance was part of the The Community Stations Pilot Project. The Program was created to see if organised community and health activities at stations can help people feel a sense of belonging. We were excited to be invited to work with Santa to spread the joy of Christmas.

Many local families including young and old were very excited to have free photos with Santa at Melton Station. "I'm so happy to have these photos with Santa. It's the first time that my kids have their photos with Santa because I just can't afford to pay". Emotional words from one mum.

The pilot project started in October 2016 and concludes in March 2017. The aim of the pilot project is to discover whether particular activities at train stations can:

  • Improve community members knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about mental health

  • Create a positive environment at stations which will improve customer's well-being

The Community Station Pilot Project is brought to you by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) in partnership with the TrackSAFE Foundation, University of Melbourne's Centre for Mental Health, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and V/Line to deliver a range of activities at four train stations – Dandenong, Ringwood, Sunshine and Melton stations.

Check out this time-lapse video of the shoot and portraits below.