• 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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BLUNT’S BOATBUILDING HERITAGE JETTY TO BE RESTORED

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Williamstown’s much loved heritage assets, Blunt Boat Builders on Nelson Place. Member for Williamstown, the Hon. Wade Noonan MP, today announced a $115,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, to help repair and partially reconstruct the historic jetty. Blunt Boat Builders is a fine example of the many small scale boat building and repairing businesses which have operated on the Williamstown foreshore from the 1850s on. The use, equipment and layout of the yard have largely remain unchanged, giving the many school and community groups who visit the site a rare insight into how these businesses operated more than a century ago. The Blunt family boat building business has operated continuously in Williamstown since the 1880s, and in Victoria since the 1850s. The business is still proudly owned and operated by the Blunt family. Our local heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride. The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state. Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open in early 2019. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “Greg Blunt jokingly describes his family’s attachmentto the boat building industry as worthy of heritage listing.” “Walking through the front door of this business is like stepping back in time. Many of the boats being restored at Blunt’s were originally built there.” “This heritage grant will do more than restore an old jetty, it will maintain a vital part of Williamstown’s history.”

BLUNT’S BOATBUILDING HERITAGE JETTY TO BE RESTORED

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Williamstown’s much loved heritage assets, Blunt Boat Builders on Nelson Place. Member for Williamstown, the Hon. Wade Noonan MP, today announced a $115,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, to help repair and partially reconstruct the historic jetty. Blunt Boat Builders is a fine example of the many small scale boat building and repairing businesses which have operated on the Williamstown foreshore from the 1850s on. The use, equipment and layout of the yard have largely remain unchanged, giving the many school and community groups who visit the site a rare insight into how these businesses operated more than a century ago. The Blunt family boat building business has operated continuously in Williamstown since the 1880s, and in Victoria since the 1850s. The business is still proudly owned and operated by the Blunt family. Our local heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride. The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state. Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open in early 2019. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “Greg Blunt jokingly describes his family’s attachmentto the boat building industry as worthy of heritage listing.” “Walking through the front door of this business is like stepping back in time. Many of the boats being restored at Blunt’s were originally built there.” “This heritage grant will do more than restore an old jetty, it will maintain a vital part of Williamstown’s history.”

Constituency Question: Footscray Learning Precinct

Mr Wade NOONAN MP (Williamstown) - My question is to the Minister for Education, and it relates to the Footscray learning precinct. In the coming years the new Footscray learning precinct will become operational, consisting of two junior campuses for years 7 to 9, including a new campus in Seddon, and a senior campus for years 10 to 12. Part of the transition will see Gilmore College for Girls become co-educational while also over a period phase out senior enrolments. Pleasingly the Seddon junior campus has recently received almost $30 million in the state budget, and construction is expected to commence in the not-too-distant future with the campus due to open in 2021. As the minister will be aware, with such a substantial project as this, meticulous planning is required. My question is: can the minister provide details about the appointment of a transition coordinator and further details in terms of a time line for that transition to be made?   Hon James MERLINO MP (Minister for Education) - I am pleased to update you on the delivery of the Footscray Learning Precinct. The Andrews Labor Government has allocated significant funding to deliver the Footscray Learning Precinct, including: Planning funding for the entire precinct First stage of works at Gilmore College for Girls, First stage of works at Footscray City Primary School, including a new integrated early learning centre to be built adjacent to the school Land and construction of the new Seddon Junior Secondary Campus The Government needs to ensure that the precinct provides the best educational outcomes for Footscray, as well as minimising disruption during its delivery. This is a complex project that requires a staged approach for the successful delivery of the new facilities and upgrades. Whilst getting the infrastructure right is key for the precinct, it is not the most important part. It is our teachers working together with a shared approach for learning and teaching and a focus on continual improvement, which will be at the core of the success of precinct. This will be the element that has the biggest impact on lives and educational outcomes in Melbourne's inner west. The Department of Education and Training will work closely with local Principal's and the school community over coming months to work through transition arrangements. An officer has been appointed to liaise with individual students and their families to ensure that transitions are seamless and positive. The detailed design work across all precincts will continue over the course of the next 12 months to ensure future stages of the project can be delivered once funding has been made available. In early 2019, an Executive Principal will also be appointed and the Precinct's learning and teaching model will be in place from January 2020. The new secondary school will be operational from 2020. It will require careful and detailed planning to ensure every student has a clearly planned pathway with minimal disruptions.

Constituency Question: Footscray Learning Precinct

Mr Wade NOONAN MP (Williamstown) - My question is to the Minister for Education, and it relates to the Footscray learning precinct. In the coming years the new Footscray learning precinct will become operational, consisting of two junior campuses for years 7 to 9, including a new campus in Seddon, and a senior campus for years 10 to 12. Part of the transition will see Gilmore College for Girls become co-educational while also over a period phase out senior enrolments. Pleasingly the Seddon junior campus has recently received almost $30 million in the state budget, and construction is expected to commence in the not-too-distant future with the campus due to open in 2021. As the minister will be aware, with such a substantial project as this, meticulous planning is required. My question is: can the minister provide details about the appointment of a transition coordinator and further details in terms of a time line for that transition to be made?   Hon James MERLINO MP (Minister for Education) - I am pleased to update you on the delivery of the Footscray Learning Precinct. The Andrews Labor Government has allocated significant funding to deliver the Footscray Learning Precinct, including: Planning funding for the entire precinct First stage of works at Gilmore College for Girls, First stage of works at Footscray City Primary School, including a new integrated early learning centre to be built adjacent to the school Land and construction of the new Seddon Junior Secondary Campus The Government needs to ensure that the precinct provides the best educational outcomes for Footscray, as well as minimising disruption during its delivery. This is a complex project that requires a staged approach for the successful delivery of the new facilities and upgrades. Whilst getting the infrastructure right is key for the precinct, it is not the most important part. It is our teachers working together with a shared approach for learning and teaching and a focus on continual improvement, which will be at the core of the success of precinct. This will be the element that has the biggest impact on lives and educational outcomes in Melbourne's inner west. The Department of Education and Training will work closely with local Principal's and the school community over coming months to work through transition arrangements. An officer has been appointed to liaise with individual students and their families to ensure that transitions are seamless and positive. The detailed design work across all precincts will continue over the course of the next 12 months to ensure future stages of the project can be delivered once funding has been made available. In early 2019, an Executive Principal will also be appointed and the Precinct's learning and teaching model will be in place from January 2020. The new secondary school will be operational from 2020. It will require careful and detailed planning to ensure every student has a clearly planned pathway with minimal disruptions.

More Social Housing For Dandenong And Newport

  The Andrews Labor Government is delivering more social housing for disadvantaged people in Dandenong and Newport, with funding of almost $5 million. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today toured a site in Dandenong where the Labor Government is partnering with Housing Choices Australia to build 19 new dwellings. The site is within walking distance of Dandenong CBD and train station, and will provide long-term affordable housing for vulnerable tenants, including people with disabilities, older persons and people escaping family violence. Housing Choices Australia (HCA) has received $4.9 million in grants from the Victorian Property Fund (VPF) to develop the underutilised sites in Dandenong and Newport. The Newport project will see five two-bedroom townhouses built with easy access to local shops, public transport and support services. Housing Choices Australia will oversee both redevelopments, which are both expected to commence in the second half of 2018 and be completed by mid-2019. The VPF is maintained by the interest on estate agents’ and conveyancers’ trust accounts and investment income. It is used to finance community-led property projects across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “Affordable housing projects give vulnerable Victorians the security they need to thrive.” “We’re investing in more of these dwellings, so that people going through hard times can rebuild their lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “This is another example of the Labor Government investing in social housing for Newport, and it will be life changing for those who come to call these places home.”

More Social Housing For Dandenong And Newport

  The Andrews Labor Government is delivering more social housing for disadvantaged people in Dandenong and Newport, with funding of almost $5 million. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today toured a site in Dandenong where the Labor Government is partnering with Housing Choices Australia to build 19 new dwellings. The site is within walking distance of Dandenong CBD and train station, and will provide long-term affordable housing for vulnerable tenants, including people with disabilities, older persons and people escaping family violence. Housing Choices Australia (HCA) has received $4.9 million in grants from the Victorian Property Fund (VPF) to develop the underutilised sites in Dandenong and Newport. The Newport project will see five two-bedroom townhouses built with easy access to local shops, public transport and support services. Housing Choices Australia will oversee both redevelopments, which are both expected to commence in the second half of 2018 and be completed by mid-2019. The VPF is maintained by the interest on estate agents’ and conveyancers’ trust accounts and investment income. It is used to finance community-led property projects across Victoria. Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz “Affordable housing projects give vulnerable Victorians the security they need to thrive.” “We’re investing in more of these dwellings, so that people going through hard times can rebuild their lives.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “This is another example of the Labor Government investing in social housing for Newport, and it will be life changing for those who come to call these places home.”

Inclusive Kindergarten Grants: Better Equipment for Brighter Futures

Two Hobsons Bay kindergartens have been successful in the Andrews Government’s Inclusive Kinder Facilities Program. These grants will see almost $13,000 going towards better equipment at Emma McLean and Home Road Kindergartens. Emma McLean Kindergarten in Spotswood received a grant of $10,000, which will provide specialised equipment for students in need. Importantly, the grant will enable staff to tailor classes to individual students’ needs. Wade Noonan recently visited Emma McLean Kindergarten to congratulate the kinder on its successful bid and the ongoing positive role it plays in the community. Home Road Kinder in Newport also received a grant of $2,782, which will enable it to purchase equipment to ensure that kids that require sensory assistance get the most out of their early years’ education. The Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program provides up to $10,000 per kinder for one or more items that promote inclusiveness and diversity. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos announced 219 kinders across Victoria have been successful in securing grants for new equipment, such as wheelchair ramps, moveable change tables, sensory play-kits, adjustable chairs and Braille books. These grants are the first to be provided through the new $6.4 million Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program - a Victorian-first initiative. The Labor Government has invested a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens. It builds on the Labor Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of giving families support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “Building the Education State begins with the early years – and all kids deserve the very best start to their education, regardless of their ability.” “These grants are about ensuring our littlest Victorians get the support they need to thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “Having visited Emma McLean and Home Road Kinder many times, I know just how important these grants will be for both staff and students.” “This is about giving our local kinders the resources they need to support the individual needs of every student.” "Sometimes small grants go a very long way to enrich the kinder experience for local children."

Inclusive Kindergarten Grants: Better Equipment for Brighter Futures

Two Hobsons Bay kindergartens have been successful in the Andrews Government’s Inclusive Kinder Facilities Program. These grants will see almost $13,000 going towards better equipment at Emma McLean and Home Road Kindergartens. Emma McLean Kindergarten in Spotswood received a grant of $10,000, which will provide specialised equipment for students in need. Importantly, the grant will enable staff to tailor classes to individual students’ needs. Wade Noonan recently visited Emma McLean Kindergarten to congratulate the kinder on its successful bid and the ongoing positive role it plays in the community. Home Road Kinder in Newport also received a grant of $2,782, which will enable it to purchase equipment to ensure that kids that require sensory assistance get the most out of their early years’ education. The Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program provides up to $10,000 per kinder for one or more items that promote inclusiveness and diversity. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos announced 219 kinders across Victoria have been successful in securing grants for new equipment, such as wheelchair ramps, moveable change tables, sensory play-kits, adjustable chairs and Braille books. These grants are the first to be provided through the new $6.4 million Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program - a Victorian-first initiative. The Labor Government has invested a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens. It builds on the Labor Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of giving families support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “Building the Education State begins with the early years – and all kids deserve the very best start to their education, regardless of their ability.” “These grants are about ensuring our littlest Victorians get the support they need to thrive.” Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “Having visited Emma McLean and Home Road Kinder many times, I know just how important these grants will be for both staff and students.” “This is about giving our local kinders the resources they need to support the individual needs of every student.” "Sometimes small grants go a very long way to enrich the kinder experience for local children."

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.