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Adversity No Obstacle For Mirboo North Student

The scholarship is awarded annually to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to stay at school. Mr Merlino praised Dana for her diligence and hard-work in the face of significant hardship. Three years ago – when she was in Year 10 – Dana’s father passed away, with her brother dying in a car accident four months later.

Anzac Day 2015

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

Minister Unveils WW1 Mural In Lilydale

Lilydale High School students have honoured Lilydale’s first Anzac – stretcher-bearer Ralph Goode with a World War One Commemoration Mural. Minister for Education, James Merlino, today joined the students as well as Mr Goode’s two daughters, Mrs Shirley Burchall and Mrs Merle Slattery, to unveil the mural at Lilydale High School.

Members Statement - Wes Fleming

I take this opportunity to congratulate Wes Fleming, a leading horticulturalist with Fleming's Nurseries in my electorate of Monbulk and a good friend of Meagan and I, on being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year's Australia Day honours. I have spoken in this place before about Wes and Fleming's Nurseries, in particular Wes's success at the Chelsea Flower Show. Along with designer Phillip Johnson, Wes and his team was awarded the prestigious Best in Show medal in 2013.

Melba Support Services Opens – A Step Forward For TAFE

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino, officially opened Melba Support Services’ new headquarters at the former Swinburne Lilydale campus today. Mr Merlino said the official opening was a major step forward in returning the site to educational and community use.

Local Schools Unite For Anti-Bullying Summit

Student representatives from 15 local primary schools came together today for an anti-bullying summit at Apollo Parkways Primary School in Greensborough. Minister for Education, James Merlino, joined more than 30 Grade 5 and 6 students, along with principals and teachers of the 15 schools, to learn about how local students and their schools prevent bullying.

New Smoking Bans To Start At Hospitals And Schools

New smoking bans will commence in three weeks’ time, brought forward by the Andrews Labor Government to protect more Victorians from secondhand smoke. The bans, established under the Tobacco Amendment Act 2014, were due to come into effect on 30 June 2015 but will instead commence on Monday 13 April to coincide with the start of Term 2.

Only Labor will re-open Swinburne Lilydale

Swinburne Lilydale shut its doors because of Liberal’s TAFE cuts, then they wanted to want to sell it off.Labor will do whatever it takes to preserve this site for TAFE and higher education, including compulsory acquisition.

Students Stand Up To Bullying And Cyberbullying

Year 7 students at Monbulk College today joined 800,000 students across Australia in making a stand against bullying on the fifth annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Visiting Monbulk College, Minister for Education, James Merlino, addressed more than 50 Year 7s on the importance of speaking out against bullying and cyberbullying.

Ice Bucket Challenge

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..