Former Baulkham Hills MP Wayne Merton adds AM to his name

Wayne Merton hates being the centre of attention despite a robust 23 years in parliament and this Australia Day, is no different.

His AM (Member in the general division of the Order of  Australia) was not just for service as an MP but also service to The Salvation Army and his extensive community work.

Mr Merton retired from state politics before the state government election in March 2011 after 20 years at the MP for Baulkham Hills and three years as the only Carlingford State MP.

“I went into the job because I thought there were a whole lot of people in our community who needed a strong voice geared to local issues.”

He said he was surprised and humbled by the award and spent the day with his wife Olwyn and family after attending the flag-raising ceremony and breakfast with Winston Hills Rotary as he has done for 25 years.

His successor in the state seat, David Elliott who nominated him said Wayne was much-loved in the community.

“I am thrilled for both he and Olwyn on receiving this deserving accolade.

“I know the Premier, and so many other Members of Parliament, join me in congratulating him on his appointment to the Order of Australia, ” he said.

Courtesy Bev Jordan and The Hills Shire Times