• About Wade

    Wade was elected to the Victorian Parliament to represent the seat of Williamstown district in September 2007, following the retirement of long serving Victorian Premier and Williamstown MP, Steve Bracks. Wade currently lives in Williamstown with his wife and two children, making him the fourth generation of his family to live in Melbourne’s inner west.

  • Williamstown

    The provenance of the electoral district of Williamstown extends back to the establishment of the first free and independent Victorian Parliament in 1856.

  • Sky High and the Education Precinct

    The Andrews Labor Government has committed $15 million in order to build a pre-school to tertiary education precinct in the inner west.

  • Investing in Local Schools

    The Andrews Labor Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in our local schools.

  • About Wade

    Wade was elected to the Victorian Parliament to represent the seat of Williamstown district in September 2007, following the retirement of long serving Victorian Premier and Williamstown MP, Steve Bracks. Wade currently lives in Williamstown with his wife and two children, making him the fourth generation of his family to live in Melbourne’s inner west.

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CREATING A ONE-STOP CHILDREN’S HUB FOR THE INNER WEST

Footscray families will soon be able to access a new one-stop-shop bringing kindergarten and Maternal Child and Health Services together under one single roof. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today visited Footscray City Primary School to announce a new integrated early learning centre to be built adjacent to the school, with design work to begin in March 2018. The centre, which will be built in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council, will include rooms for kindergarten programs, provide Maternal and Child Health services and provide facilities for other family services for the community. Co-locating the early learning centre next to the school means drop-off time will be easier for parents of young children, while also providing greater support for children in their transition from kindergarten to school. The centre is part of the Government’s $10 million plan to build early childhood facilities at new government primary schools. It forms a part of the new Footscray Learning Precinct, which will link, expand and upgrade schools across Melbourne’s inner west and integrate learning at all levels, from early childhood to university. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a record $76.4 million to build, expand and improve kinders across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens. Footscray families will also benefit from the Labor Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget. This plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. It will mean parents can access improved parenting support and Maternal and Child Health Services, as well as higher quality and more inclusive kindergartens. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “First rate local kindergarten and childcare services is what every child deserves – and we’re so happy to be delivering for Footscray families and their kids.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – we’re investing to set our little ones up for their best possible life.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Our record investment in our children means more families can access the great kindergarten and childcare services they need – all conveniently located under one roof at a great local school.”

CREATING A ONE-STOP CHILDREN’S HUB FOR THE INNER WEST

Footscray families will soon be able to access a new one-stop-shop bringing kindergarten and Maternal Child and Health Services together under one single roof. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today visited Footscray City Primary School to announce a new integrated early learning centre to be built adjacent to the school, with design work to begin in March 2018. The centre, which will be built in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council, will include rooms for kindergarten programs, provide Maternal and Child Health services and provide facilities for other family services for the community. Co-locating the early learning centre next to the school means drop-off time will be easier for parents of young children, while also providing greater support for children in their transition from kindergarten to school. The centre is part of the Government’s $10 million plan to build early childhood facilities at new government primary schools. It forms a part of the new Footscray Learning Precinct, which will link, expand and upgrade schools across Melbourne’s inner west and integrate learning at all levels, from early childhood to university. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a record $76.4 million to build, expand and improve kinders across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens. Footscray families will also benefit from the Labor Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget. This plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. It will mean parents can access improved parenting support and Maternal and Child Health Services, as well as higher quality and more inclusive kindergartens. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “First rate local kindergarten and childcare services is what every child deserves – and we’re so happy to be delivering for Footscray families and their kids.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – we’re investing to set our little ones up for their best possible life.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Our record investment in our children means more families can access the great kindergarten and childcare services they need – all conveniently located under one roof at a great local school.”

Williamstown student among Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize

Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP today announced that local Williamstown student, William Penfold will join the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize tour in 2018, tracing the steps of Australians who served in World War Two. The Andrews Labor Government is providing the opportunity for young Victorians to learn about our military history and to travel to historical sites where Australians have served in conflict. Since 2014, the Prize has sent 240 Victorian students to locations including Lemnos, the Western Front, Singapore and Darwin. Forty-two students won their place on the 2018 tours by submitting entries that considered the impact of war on Australian society. Twenty-two students will head to Darwin and Singapore in April, joined by three teachers, and two veterans. The 10 day itinerary will include the Darwin Military Museum, Fort Hill Wharf, Lim Bo Seng Memorial, Changi Chapel and the Kranji War Memorial. Now in its 15th year, the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize provides a unique chance for Year 10 and 11 students to reflect upon the spirit of the Australians who have fought for their country and the impact of war on our society. For more details or to apply online, visit www.dpc.vic.gov.au/soap Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan MP, Member for Williamstown “This is a unique opportunity for William and the other participants to learn about the sacrifices made by our veterans and appreciate the decisive moments in our history.” “Very few young people get the opportunity that William has been given, so I’m sure he will absolutely embrace the experience.”

Williamstown student among Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize

Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP today announced that local Williamstown student, William Penfold will join the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize tour in 2018, tracing the steps of Australians who served in World War Two. The Andrews Labor Government is providing the opportunity for young Victorians to learn about our military history and to travel to historical sites where Australians have served in conflict. Since 2014, the Prize has sent 240 Victorian students to locations including Lemnos, the Western Front, Singapore and Darwin. Forty-two students won their place on the 2018 tours by submitting entries that considered the impact of war on Australian society. Twenty-two students will head to Darwin and Singapore in April, joined by three teachers, and two veterans. The 10 day itinerary will include the Darwin Military Museum, Fort Hill Wharf, Lim Bo Seng Memorial, Changi Chapel and the Kranji War Memorial. Now in its 15th year, the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize provides a unique chance for Year 10 and 11 students to reflect upon the spirit of the Australians who have fought for their country and the impact of war on our society. For more details or to apply online, visit www.dpc.vic.gov.au/soap Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan MP, Member for Williamstown “This is a unique opportunity for William and the other participants to learn about the sacrifices made by our veterans and appreciate the decisive moments in our history.” “Very few young people get the opportunity that William has been given, so I’m sure he will absolutely embrace the experience.”

FORGING NEW BUSINESS AND JOBS IN BROOKLYN

Leading stonemasonry and commercial tiling company Baron Forge Contractors is creating new jobs and expanding its business thanks to a grant from the Victorian Government. The Brooklyn-based national business will invest $3.59 million in an Australian technological first, fully automated production line to create customised premium stone and porcelain products. Visiting Baron Forge today, Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan announced the grant, provided under the Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP), that will support the business as it installs the next-generation equipment with in-built waste recovery and water recycling. The upgrade will enable the company to capture a larger share of the growing residential and commercial construction industries in Australia, and access untapped niche markets for premium porcelain products. The investment will see Baron Forge create 16 full-time jobs at its Brooklyn facility by February 2019 and transition eight employees to higher skilled roles.  In a welcome boost for Melbourne’s west, the company has already taken on two ex-auto workers from Toyota. Baron Forge was established in 1985 as a family-run stonemasonry business in Melbourne and has since expanded across the country, with three major factories and more than 150 Victorian staff. To date, FIMP has supported 34 projects that are expected to create 303 jobs across Victoria. Under FIMP, companies can apply for grants of up to $500,000 to invest in new manufacturing technologies and processes to create jobs and help transition Victoria’s economy towards an advanced manufacturing state. For more information about the Program, visit the Business Victoria website at www.business.vic.gov.au/fimp or call 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “The Victorian Government is helping manufacturers invest in new technologies and processes that will transition Victoria towards an advanced manufacturing economy.” “Our Future Industries Manufacturing Program is giving local companies like Baron Forge opportunities to create new jobs and boost its business.”    

FORGING NEW BUSINESS AND JOBS IN BROOKLYN

Leading stonemasonry and commercial tiling company Baron Forge Contractors is creating new jobs and expanding its business thanks to a grant from the Victorian Government. The Brooklyn-based national business will invest $3.59 million in an Australian technological first, fully automated production line to create customised premium stone and porcelain products. Visiting Baron Forge today, Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan announced the grant, provided under the Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP), that will support the business as it installs the next-generation equipment with in-built waste recovery and water recycling. The upgrade will enable the company to capture a larger share of the growing residential and commercial construction industries in Australia, and access untapped niche markets for premium porcelain products. The investment will see Baron Forge create 16 full-time jobs at its Brooklyn facility by February 2019 and transition eight employees to higher skilled roles.  In a welcome boost for Melbourne’s west, the company has already taken on two ex-auto workers from Toyota. Baron Forge was established in 1985 as a family-run stonemasonry business in Melbourne and has since expanded across the country, with three major factories and more than 150 Victorian staff. To date, FIMP has supported 34 projects that are expected to create 303 jobs across Victoria. Under FIMP, companies can apply for grants of up to $500,000 to invest in new manufacturing technologies and processes to create jobs and help transition Victoria’s economy towards an advanced manufacturing state. For more information about the Program, visit the Business Victoria website at www.business.vic.gov.au/fimp or call 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “The Victorian Government is helping manufacturers invest in new technologies and processes that will transition Victoria towards an advanced manufacturing economy.” “Our Future Industries Manufacturing Program is giving local companies like Baron Forge opportunities to create new jobs and boost its business.”    

Members Statement: Western Suburbs Employment

Mr NOONAN (Williamstown) (14:08:42) — I rise to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution and leadership of Berry Street CEO Sandie de Wolf, who will retire from her position on 8 December after 26 years in the role. Sandie has committed her life to vulnerable children and families, commencing her career as a social worker in the early 1970s with the then Department of Human Services before progressing to senior management and policy roles. Sandie moved to the community sector in 1989 before being appointed CEO of Berry Street in 1994 when it merged with the then Sutherland Homes for Children. Whilst its core mission may not have changed in Sandie's time, the organisation has grown enormously from 80 staff and a $3 million budget in 1994 to nearly 1200 staff and a $104 million budget today. This makes Berry Street one of our largest independent child and family service organisations in Victoria. Through Sandie's leadership Berry Street's programs work tirelessly to uphold the rights of all children to have a good childhood, and they support countless children, young people, women and families with the most complex of issues arising from their personal experiences of abuse, neglect or violence. Sandie has always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving life opportunities for some of the most vulnerable young people in our community. Never one to seek the limelight, Sandie's contribution was recognised in 2009 when she became a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2011 when she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. The Victorian Parliament thanks Sandie for her outstanding service.

Members Statement: Western Suburbs Employment

Mr NOONAN (Williamstown) (14:08:42) — I rise to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution and leadership of Berry Street CEO Sandie de Wolf, who will retire from her position on 8 December after 26 years in the role. Sandie has committed her life to vulnerable children and families, commencing her career as a social worker in the early 1970s with the then Department of Human Services before progressing to senior management and policy roles. Sandie moved to the community sector in 1989 before being appointed CEO of Berry Street in 1994 when it merged with the then Sutherland Homes for Children. Whilst its core mission may not have changed in Sandie's time, the organisation has grown enormously from 80 staff and a $3 million budget in 1994 to nearly 1200 staff and a $104 million budget today. This makes Berry Street one of our largest independent child and family service organisations in Victoria. Through Sandie's leadership Berry Street's programs work tirelessly to uphold the rights of all children to have a good childhood, and they support countless children, young people, women and families with the most complex of issues arising from their personal experiences of abuse, neglect or violence. Sandie has always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving life opportunities for some of the most vulnerable young people in our community. Never one to seek the limelight, Sandie's contribution was recognised in 2009 when she became a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2011 when she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women. The Victorian Parliament thanks Sandie for her outstanding service.

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REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

Level crossings pose a serious risk to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and trains. In addition to that, they cause huge delays, often during peak periods. The Andrews Government understands this. That's why we're working to remove the 50 most dangerous and congested level crossings in Victoria. Two of these are located in my electorate, on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown. These crossing are used by 22,000 vehicles a day, and the boom gates are down for hours a day. Tragically, the Ferguson Street crossing claimed the lives of two young children in the 1990s. Both crossings have also seen numerous near misses. The removal of these crossings will increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and will allow for the partial duplication of the Altona Loop service, meaning fewer delays and more services. That is why I support the removal of these dangerous crossings. A design has been released for the Kororoit Creek level crossing site. Currently, no design has been released for Ferguson street and no decision has been made. For project updates and information about community consultation sessions, please click here for Kororoit Creek and here for Ferguson street.

REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

Level crossings pose a serious risk to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and trains. In addition to that, they cause huge delays, often during peak periods. The Andrews Government understands this. That's why we're working to remove the 50 most dangerous and congested level crossings in Victoria. Two of these are located in my electorate, on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown. These crossing are used by 22,000 vehicles a day, and the boom gates are down for hours a day. Tragically, the Ferguson Street crossing claimed the lives of two young children in the 1990s. Both crossings have also seen numerous near misses. The removal of these crossings will increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and will allow for the partial duplication of the Altona Loop service, meaning fewer delays and more services. That is why I support the removal of these dangerous crossings. A design has been released for the Kororoit Creek level crossing site. Currently, no design has been released for Ferguson street and no decision has been made. For project updates and information about community consultation sessions, please click here for Kororoit Creek and here for Ferguson street.

The West Gate Tunnel Project

The West Gate Tunnel project represents the single largest road project since the West Gate Bridge was opened back in the late 1970s. Melbourne's west is experiencing booming population growth. Population in the region now stands at approximately 830,000 people, up from 611,000 in 2006. Failure to invest in basic infrastructure such as road and rail to support this growth will have a significant and enduring negative impact on the liveability and economic opportunities for Melbourne's west. In these circumstances, doing nothing is not an option. The West Gate Tunnel project will reduce our city's over reliance on the West Gate Bridge and provide a critical second river crossing. The construction of the tunnel will create 6,000 new jobs, including 500 apprenticeships, and up to 150 jobs for former auto workers. After two years of community consultation, the project design incorporates the best quality noise walls in Victoria, the creation of 9 hectares of new open space and wetlands, and 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths. Spotswood sporting clubs will have access to a new shared pavilion in the Donald McLean Reserve and will get, for the first time, new noise walls along its boundary. The West Gate Tunnel will also remove thousands of trucks off local roads. This delivers a massive win for communities in the inner west, with 24/7 truck bans on local roads such as Francis Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville once the tunnel opens in 2022. The release of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) in May has raised some concerns among local residents about potential truck volumes on other local roads such as Hudsons Road, Blackshaws Road, Millers Road and Hyde Street. Our Government remains committed to work with the local community to avoid any future adverse impacts. As local Member, I'm supportive of the need to consider further truck restrictions on local roads to protect community amenity. It would be counter-productive to build the tunnel and have more trucks flood our local streets. We have also commenced discussions with residents in Hyde Street, Yarraville who have requested Government to consider acquiring their properties. To this end, we will continue to work constructively with individuals and organisations that raise concerns about the project. The EES process is expected to be finalised by the end of the year with construction to commence in 2018. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Melbourne's west, and when completed will forever transform the liveability of the inner west.    

The West Gate Tunnel Project

The West Gate Tunnel project represents the single largest road project since the West Gate Bridge was opened back in the late 1970s. Melbourne's west is experiencing booming population growth. Population in the region now stands at approximately 830,000 people, up from 611,000 in 2006. Failure to invest in basic infrastructure such as road and rail to support this growth will have a significant and enduring negative impact on the liveability and economic opportunities for Melbourne's west. In these circumstances, doing nothing is not an option. The West Gate Tunnel project will reduce our city's over reliance on the West Gate Bridge and provide a critical second river crossing. The construction of the tunnel will create 6,000 new jobs, including 500 apprenticeships, and up to 150 jobs for former auto workers. After two years of community consultation, the project design incorporates the best quality noise walls in Victoria, the creation of 9 hectares of new open space and wetlands, and 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths. Spotswood sporting clubs will have access to a new shared pavilion in the Donald McLean Reserve and will get, for the first time, new noise walls along its boundary. The West Gate Tunnel will also remove thousands of trucks off local roads. This delivers a massive win for communities in the inner west, with 24/7 truck bans on local roads such as Francis Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville once the tunnel opens in 2022. The release of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) in May has raised some concerns among local residents about potential truck volumes on other local roads such as Hudsons Road, Blackshaws Road, Millers Road and Hyde Street. Our Government remains committed to work with the local community to avoid any future adverse impacts. As local Member, I'm supportive of the need to consider further truck restrictions on local roads to protect community amenity. It would be counter-productive to build the tunnel and have more trucks flood our local streets. We have also commenced discussions with residents in Hyde Street, Yarraville who have requested Government to consider acquiring their properties. To this end, we will continue to work constructively with individuals and organisations that raise concerns about the project. The EES process is expected to be finalised by the end of the year with construction to commence in 2018. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Melbourne's west, and when completed will forever transform the liveability of the inner west.    

Air Pollution in Brooklyn

For a long time, local residents of Brooklyn have been suffering from an influx of dust over their homes due to the poor quality of roads in the Brooklyn Industrial District. This has had a significant impact on the liveability of the great suburb of Brooklyn. To address this, the Victorian Government brokered a $2.6 million partnership to seal two of the area's dustiest roads in 2015. As a part of this new initiative, the Andrews Government contributed $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road, two of Brooklyn’s dustiest roads. Since the roads have been sealed, the frequency of bad air quality days in the neighbouring residential area has more than halved, with the greatest air quality improvements occurring between 7-10 am. Although there's still more work to be done, I'm proud of what has been achieved so far in such a short time.

Air Pollution in Brooklyn

For a long time, local residents of Brooklyn have been suffering from an influx of dust over their homes due to the poor quality of roads in the Brooklyn Industrial District. This has had a significant impact on the liveability of the great suburb of Brooklyn. To address this, the Victorian Government brokered a $2.6 million partnership to seal two of the area's dustiest roads in 2015. As a part of this new initiative, the Andrews Government contributed $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road, two of Brooklyn’s dustiest roads. Since the roads have been sealed, the frequency of bad air quality days in the neighbouring residential area has more than halved, with the greatest air quality improvements occurring between 7-10 am. Although there's still more work to be done, I'm proud of what has been achieved so far in such a short time.

Investing in Local Schools

The Andrews Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in local schools. Delivering on our election commitment, Williamstown High School received $500,000 towards the construction of a new Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, while Bayside College has received $300,000 to upgrade the technical wing at the Williamstown campus. These investments formed part of the first Andrews budget, and we’ve continued the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools in successive budgets. Newport Lakes Primary School received $3 million in the 2016/17 State Budget to upgrade its ageing facilities, and Spotswood Primary School has been awarded $1.4 million in the 2017/18 Budget for vital repairs and upgrades of school facilities. The Andrews Government is delivering the quality classrooms our kids deserve. It’s all part of the plan to make Victoria the Education State.

Investing in Local Schools

The Andrews Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in local schools. Delivering on our election commitment, Williamstown High School received $500,000 towards the construction of a new Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, while Bayside College has received $300,000 to upgrade the technical wing at the Williamstown campus. These investments formed part of the first Andrews budget, and we’ve continued the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools in successive budgets. Newport Lakes Primary School received $3 million in the 2016/17 State Budget to upgrade its ageing facilities, and Spotswood Primary School has been awarded $1.4 million in the 2017/18 Budget for vital repairs and upgrades of school facilities. The Andrews Government is delivering the quality classrooms our kids deserve. It’s all part of the plan to make Victoria the Education State.