Anzac Day 2017

Anzac Day Services: Monbulk RSL – 5:45am Dawn Service. Morning march at 9:30am – service at 10am. Emerald RSL – 5:30am Dawn Service. Morning march at 10:00am – service at 10:55am. Mount Evelyn RSL – 5:45am Dawn Service. Cockatoo RSL- 6:00am Dawn Service. Main Service 10:30am..

Back to school

Next week students return to school for another year and for our preps this can be an exciting but daunting experience. My son Josh will be starting his first day of school, a day we will never forget. Unfortunately, many families in the local area..


Schools across Victoria will be better equipped to support more students with disabilities and special needs thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Inclusive School Fund. Round two of the Fund will see 24 schools sharing in $3.6 million, which helps schools build new..


The Andrews Labor Government is making high risk bends along the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road safer. Member for Monbulk James Merlino announced $220,000 to improve signage, guide posts and line markings at high risk and medium risk bends along the 22km route. There have been..

Olinda Golf Course Precinct Plan

In 2015 I asked the community to provide their views and ideas for the future of the Olinda golf course site. I am now chairing a Project Steering Group that includes members of local community groups, businesses and sporting clubs. Yarra Ranges Council and Parks Victoria are..

Government’s changes to Special Religious Instruction (SRI)

Access Ministries is currently running a campaign on the Government’s changes to Special Religious Instruction (SRI) in schools for 2016. As a part of this campaign they are claiming that the singing of Christmas carols has been banned in schools. Christmas carols are not banned.  Traditional..

Future of Olinda Golf Course

There was a packed crowd Tuesday night at the Olinda Recreation Reserve pavilion for the community meeting about what to do with the former Olinda golf course. We organised the meeting so the community can have their say. And there were some great ideas - off-lead dog area, footy/cricket ground, netball, tennis, tourism opportunities, community garden, business incubator, mountain biking, art programs...too many to list here.

Anzac Day 2015

This Anzac Day I hope we all take time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of so many brave Australians.

Monbulk – Getting on with it

Thanks to your support, James Merlino is working with the Andrews Labor Government to deliver promises, including:

Labor Government Steps in to Help William Angliss

The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding Victoria’s struggling TAFE system, with Melbourne’s William Angliss Institute to share in the first $20 million of emergency funding to save campuses at risk of collapse.

James Merlino takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge

Freezing! Ice bucket challenge with Brent from Friends on the Hill in Monbulk. Thanks for the nomination Justine from Julie's All Ages clothing store.

I'm Nominating Monbulk Sgt Mark Night, Wes Fleming from Fleming's Nurseries & Ben Higgs from Wild Oak Restaurant and Cooking School in Olinda. This is dedicated to Peter Anderson, a friend who died from MND earlier this year.

Monbulk Late Night Shopping Event

Monbulk Main Street Late Night Shopping Event Friday 29th November 2013 5pm – 9pm

Blind workers deserve a fair go!

Vision Australia has announced it will close all Vision Australia Enterprises units in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The closures leave more than 70 vision-impaired workers without jobs.


To celebrate the National Year of Reading in 2012 Burrinja Cultural Centre and Eastern Regional Libraries partnered to bring to the wider region’s community Fashion meets Fiction, an exciting and innovative exhibition concept that brought together the love of popular fiction and its many famous colourful characters with the cultural trend towards high-end fashion, and particularly period pieces, in a quality art-museum context.

Coalition not working on education

We all work hard to give our kids the best opportunities in life. A strong education system provides this. That’s why it just doesn’t make sense that Premier Denis Napthine would choose to cut funding for our schools.