• 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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Statement from Wade Noonan

As Victorian Labor's preselection process for the 2018 State Election is now underway, I wish to announce that I will not be seeking preselection for the seat of Williamstown. I entered politics because I wanted to help people - to make a difference in the lives of others and to be a voice for those who needed to be heard.  I have fully embraced this opportunity and have worked hard to do all that I could. After 10 years in public life, I'm satisfied that I've achieved everything that I set for myself. It's now time for new challenges and new opportunities beyond politics. It's been the greatest honour of my life to serve as the Member for Williamstown, and the Minister for Industry and Employment, Minister for Resources, and previously, Minister for Police and Corrections, particularly during this period of the Andrews Labor Government. There have been many wonderful highlights during my time, including supporting our paramedics and families to secure a stronger ambulance service, helping save Alcoa in Portland, securing Australia's first worker transfer scheme in the Latrobe Valley, and the rollout of the Jobs Victoria program to assist disadvantaged people into work. I'm extremely proud of the many investments that have been made in schools, community facilities, roads, public transport and our local hospital in the Williamstown Electorate since 2007. None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary leadership of Premier Daniel Andrews and the entire Labor team. I thank the Premier and my colleagues for their support and confidence. I also thank each of my hard-working staff, led by my chief and friend, Bob Stensholt. Their commitment and loyalty has been outstanding. Finally, I want to thank my wife Julie, and our sons, Will and Henry, who have always been my greatest inspiration. Given my decision not to contest the next election, I have decided to vacate my Ministerial position, effective immediately. I remain committed to serving the people of the Williamstown Electorate until November 2018 and helping the re-election of the Andrews Labor Government.

Statement from Wade Noonan

As Victorian Labor's preselection process for the 2018 State Election is now underway, I wish to announce that I will not be seeking preselection for the seat of Williamstown. I entered politics because I wanted to help people - to make a difference in the lives of others and to be a voice for those who needed to be heard.  I have fully embraced this opportunity and have worked hard to do all that I could. After 10 years in public life, I'm satisfied that I've achieved everything that I set for myself. It's now time for new challenges and new opportunities beyond politics. It's been the greatest honour of my life to serve as the Member for Williamstown, and the Minister for Industry and Employment, Minister for Resources, and previously, Minister for Police and Corrections, particularly during this period of the Andrews Labor Government. There have been many wonderful highlights during my time, including supporting our paramedics and families to secure a stronger ambulance service, helping save Alcoa in Portland, securing Australia's first worker transfer scheme in the Latrobe Valley, and the rollout of the Jobs Victoria program to assist disadvantaged people into work. I'm extremely proud of the many investments that have been made in schools, community facilities, roads, public transport and our local hospital in the Williamstown Electorate since 2007. None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary leadership of Premier Daniel Andrews and the entire Labor team. I thank the Premier and my colleagues for their support and confidence. I also thank each of my hard-working staff, led by my chief and friend, Bob Stensholt. Their commitment and loyalty has been outstanding. Finally, I want to thank my wife Julie, and our sons, Will and Henry, who have always been my greatest inspiration. Given my decision not to contest the next election, I have decided to vacate my Ministerial position, effective immediately. I remain committed to serving the people of the Williamstown Electorate until November 2018 and helping the re-election of the Andrews Labor Government.

Members Statement: School breakfast clubs

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — One of the unsung investments of the Andrews government is the $13.7 million to establish the school breakfast clubs program for 500 of the most disadvantaged government primary schools in Victoria over four years. The program is managed by Foodbank Victoria, the largest food welfare agency in Australia. Foodbank Victoria delivers free healthy food supplies to participating schools, enabling a school breakfast club to run during the course of the school week. I had the privilege of visiting the Altona North Primary School breakfast club last Friday morning to meet the teachers and volunteers delivering the program. I was also able to serve breakfast to a good number of enthusiastic young students as they quizzed me about various issues, such as football and politics. It is clear the breakfast club program is making a difference, and I want to thank the Altona North Primary School community, led by principal Robyn Gregson, for their commitment to give every one of their students the best start in life.

Members Statement: School breakfast clubs

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — One of the unsung investments of the Andrews government is the $13.7 million to establish the school breakfast clubs program for 500 of the most disadvantaged government primary schools in Victoria over four years. The program is managed by Foodbank Victoria, the largest food welfare agency in Australia. Foodbank Victoria delivers free healthy food supplies to participating schools, enabling a school breakfast club to run during the course of the school week. I had the privilege of visiting the Altona North Primary School breakfast club last Friday morning to meet the teachers and volunteers delivering the program. I was also able to serve breakfast to a good number of enthusiastic young students as they quizzed me about various issues, such as football and politics. It is clear the breakfast club program is making a difference, and I want to thank the Altona North Primary School community, led by principal Robyn Gregson, for their commitment to give every one of their students the best start in life.

Ministers statements: Melbourne Metro rail project

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — I am very pleased to follow the Premier to talk about the transformational jobs that are coming in the member for Melbourne's electorate with the Melbourne Metro Tunnel. As we know, it is the biggest public transport project in the state's history, and it will of course free up significant capacity to run more trains more often. Last Saturday I was very privileged to be able to meet some of our best and brightest engineering cadets, who are helping to bring this project to life. They spoke very passionately about the project. They spoke about getting a start on the project. They spoke about the size and complexity of the project and about how the project will transform Melbourne forever. I did meet both Gabby and James, two young people very determined to succeed as part of this project. Because of our record infrastructure agenda, which the Premier just ran through, many young people are getting a start on some of our major projects right across Victoria. I am very pleased to remind the house that this is happening because of our major project skills guarantee. The guarantee absolutely ensures that where our major projects take place we have 10 per cent of the workforce committed to apprentices, trainees and cadets. That means that across our infrastructure pipeline already we have more than 1500 opportunities for apprentices, trainees and cadets across 30 projects. Already 52 apprentices, trainees and cadets are working on the early works package as part of the Melbourne Metro project. We will have 7000 people work on that project, including 500 apprentices, trainees and cadets, at the peak. This is Labor's way. This is about giving young people a start. This of course stands in stark contrast to those opposite, who cut TAFE and left young people on the scrap heap. We will not do that.

Ministers statements: Melbourne Metro rail project

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — I am very pleased to follow the Premier to talk about the transformational jobs that are coming in the member for Melbourne's electorate with the Melbourne Metro Tunnel. As we know, it is the biggest public transport project in the state's history, and it will of course free up significant capacity to run more trains more often. Last Saturday I was very privileged to be able to meet some of our best and brightest engineering cadets, who are helping to bring this project to life. They spoke very passionately about the project. They spoke about getting a start on the project. They spoke about the size and complexity of the project and about how the project will transform Melbourne forever. I did meet both Gabby and James, two young people very determined to succeed as part of this project. Because of our record infrastructure agenda, which the Premier just ran through, many young people are getting a start on some of our major projects right across Victoria. I am very pleased to remind the house that this is happening because of our major project skills guarantee. The guarantee absolutely ensures that where our major projects take place we have 10 per cent of the workforce committed to apprentices, trainees and cadets. That means that across our infrastructure pipeline already we have more than 1500 opportunities for apprentices, trainees and cadets across 30 projects. Already 52 apprentices, trainees and cadets are working on the early works package as part of the Melbourne Metro project. We will have 7000 people work on that project, including 500 apprentices, trainees and cadets, at the peak. This is Labor's way. This is about giving young people a start. This of course stands in stark contrast to those opposite, who cut TAFE and left young people on the scrap heap. We will not do that.

Ministers statements: unconventional gas

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Resources) — August marks a very important milestone for it is one year since the Premier announced a permanent ban on fracking in Victoria, a ban forever. No more uncertainty, no more doubt — just a clear decision to ban fracking, delivered by a Labor government. This brought tears of joy and relief to farmers right across Victoria, particularly those in the south-west and Gippsland. Their message was clear: anything that threatened the environment in regional and rural Victoria threatened the economy. We listened and we acted. We introduced legislation in this Parliament that passed both houses of this Parliament on the voices. It is important to remember why we did this. We did this because our agricultural sector employs more than 190 000 people and generates more than $11 billion in exports annually. These are real people, real businesses and real jobs. Despite this fracking ban, we have had extraordinary attacks from the Prime Minister and his colleagues, wanting to force us to overturn the fracking ban. They have even threatened our GST, to cut funding to schools and of course hospitals. We also had an extraordinary radio interview on Melbourne radio on Monday. I listened to this extraordinary contribution from the Leader of the Opposition, when he tried to rewrite history. This is what he said: … my view is that … given I voted against it, the legislation, the permanent ban, that we should use that resource … for gas supplies in Victoria. Mr Fracking Guy is all over the place when it comes to gas. What farmers know is they will always get certainty from our government.

Ministers statements: unconventional gas

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Resources) — August marks a very important milestone for it is one year since the Premier announced a permanent ban on fracking in Victoria, a ban forever. No more uncertainty, no more doubt — just a clear decision to ban fracking, delivered by a Labor government. This brought tears of joy and relief to farmers right across Victoria, particularly those in the south-west and Gippsland. Their message was clear: anything that threatened the environment in regional and rural Victoria threatened the economy. We listened and we acted. We introduced legislation in this Parliament that passed both houses of this Parliament on the voices. It is important to remember why we did this. We did this because our agricultural sector employs more than 190 000 people and generates more than $11 billion in exports annually. These are real people, real businesses and real jobs. Despite this fracking ban, we have had extraordinary attacks from the Prime Minister and his colleagues, wanting to force us to overturn the fracking ban. They have even threatened our GST, to cut funding to schools and of course hospitals. We also had an extraordinary radio interview on Melbourne radio on Monday. I listened to this extraordinary contribution from the Leader of the Opposition, when he tried to rewrite history. This is what he said: … my view is that … given I voted against it, the legislation, the permanent ban, that we should use that resource … for gas supplies in Victoria. Mr Fracking Guy is all over the place when it comes to gas. What farmers know is they will always get certainty from our government.

Campaigns

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.