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Australia Day: Shire of Yarra Ranges

I rise to congratulate a number of Yarra Ranges Shire Council Australia Day award winners. The Environmental Achiever of the Year award was awarded to Macclesfield resident Irene Pearey. Her passionate commitment to the environment was rightly applauded. Her work with the Macclesfield Landcare Group and the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater community nursery, to name just a couple of groups, shows that Irene is a worthy recipient.


Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has today announced minor changes to Labor’s Shadow Ministry.

As part of the changes, Deputy Leader James Merlino has been appointed the new Shadow Minister for Education, while the newest member of the Shadow Cabinet, John Eren, is now responsible for the Sport and Recreation and Volunteers portfolios.

Monbulk electorate: Christmas appeals

I rise to congratulate three organisations in my electorate that are currently conducting Christmas appeals: Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service has a bridging the gap appeal, Knox Infolink has its Share the Joy Christmas appeal and Anglicare Victoria is holding the Lilydale Christmas of Hope appeal. Christmas is a time of sunshine, happiness, precious time with family and friends and the joy of giving and receiving.

Monbulk Business Network: Christmas street party

Congratulations to the Monbulk Business Network for organising the Merry Monbulk Christmas street party on Friday, 25 November. It was a great night, and congratulations to organiser Liz Dumps and her team for putting it on.

New “Traveller” road laws are as clear as mud

The Baillieu Government’s weak attempt to claim it’s working to make the state’s roads safer has unravelled, with its Road Safety Bill to have significant unintended consequences for Victorian drivers, it was revealed today.

Shadow Minister for Road Safety James Merlino said the Government’s attempt to rush a Bill through Parliament to stop drivers having a “traveller” during a car trip had left Victorians utterly confused about what they can and can’t do on and off the road.

Christmas Appeal


James Merlino, Member for Monbulk has taken the opportunity to donate a special Christmas hamper to the ‘Christmas of Hope’ Christmas appeal and has today urged everyone to get involved and help those in need.

Road Trauma Support Services: Time for Remembering service

I had the honour of attending the 11th annual Time for remembering service in Queen's Hall on Sunday, 20 November. This multifaith service, organised by Road Trauma Support Services and led by the Reverend Andy Calder, was a special opportunity for families and friends to remember loved ones lost and an opportunity to give thanks to the people at the front line of responding to road trauma and striving to reduce the road toll, such as our emergency services and health-care professionals.

Tecoma Village Action Group

I rise to congratulate the Tecoma Village Action Group (TVAG) and the broader ommunity of the Dandenong Ranges for their extraordinary and ultimately successful efforts to stop a proposed application for a McDonald's restaurant in Tecoma.

Former deputy commissioner of police: meeting

I raise a matter for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and the action I seek is that he immediately give a full explanation to this house of the contradictions arising out of the Office of Police Integrity's (OPI) Crossing the Line report. This is his final opportunity this sitting week to come clean and tell the truth.

Puffing Billy: funding

I raise a matter for the Minister for Tourism and Major Events. The action I seek is that the minister commit to a $15 million injection urgently required by Puffing Billy, one of our greatest and most beloved tourist icons.

Boronia K-12

The Boronia K – 12 project is the most significant education project in this region of the city of Knox for generations; it is simply that important in terms of the educational opportunities for young people in Boronia...

Baillieu’s Cuts To Impact Monbulk College

The Baillieu Government’s decision to cut coordination funding for the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program will limit the options of young people in Monbulk.