Wade Noonan, State Member for Williamstown

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  • 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 High 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.

Media Centre

Francis St truck curfews

The Andrews Labor government has extended truck curfews on one of the busiest streets near Wembley Primary School during school hours. Labor understands the need to prioritise the safety of the community, including children going to and from school. For more details, click here.

Francis St truck curfews

The Andrews Labor government has extended truck curfews on one of the busiest streets near Wembley Primary School during school hours. Labor understands the need to prioritise the safety of the community, including children going to and from school. For more details, click here.

CONNECTING CYCLING PATHS IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Monday 25 July 2016 CONNECTING CYCLING PATHS IN MELBOURNE'S WEST Local residents and cycling groups have helped to shape the Western Distributor's almost 10 kilometres of new and improved cycling and pedestrian paths. Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced today that the Western Distributor will complete the “missing link” of the Federation Trail between Williamstown Road and Hyde Street building 3.5 kilometres of upgrades along this important route. The Federation Trail has long been identified as a strategic cycling corridor providing an accessible travel route for cyclists travelling to the city and beyond. Nearly one kilometre of new fully separated cycling and walking paths has been included in the Reference Design for the Western Distributor linking Somerville Road/Whitehall Street intersections to the Maribyrnong River, and the pedestrian crossing over the West Gate Freeway will be rebuilt to make the paths more accessible to the community. Cyclists will be separated from Footscray Road intersections by elevating the shared path at MacKenzie Road, Dock Link Road and Appleton Dock Road so cyclists do not need to cross the intersections. A large number of cyclists will be able to use new connections between the Dynon Road shared path and Capital City Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Spencer Street with the addition of two new dedicated crossings. The Capital City Trail crossing at Footscray Road will also be upgraded. Areas where improvements to the cycling and footpath network could be made were a direct result of the extensive consultation undertaken on the project. The upgrades will mean the bicycle and shared user path network in the inner west will be safer and more efficient, with cyclists having better connections from the outer west all the way to the CBD. The Western Distributor is currently out to tender and the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement has commenced. The contract will be signed by late 2017 with construction to start soon after. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “The local community and cycling community told us that they wanted to fix the gaps in the cycling network and that’s what we’re doing.” “We’re making it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to get around by creating new links and separating paths from general traffic.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “This will improve safety and provide a more direct travel route for cyclists travelling from the inner West to the city and beyond.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson “It is fantastic we are able to build the long awaited missing link in the Federation Trail improving such an important asset to the inner west.”

CONNECTING CYCLING PATHS IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

Monday 25 July 2016 CONNECTING CYCLING PATHS IN MELBOURNE'S WEST Local residents and cycling groups have helped to shape the Western Distributor's almost 10 kilometres of new and improved cycling and pedestrian paths. Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced today that the Western Distributor will complete the “missing link” of the Federation Trail between Williamstown Road and Hyde Street building 3.5 kilometres of upgrades along this important route. The Federation Trail has long been identified as a strategic cycling corridor providing an accessible travel route for cyclists travelling to the city and beyond. Nearly one kilometre of new fully separated cycling and walking paths has been included in the Reference Design for the Western Distributor linking Somerville Road/Whitehall Street intersections to the Maribyrnong River, and the pedestrian crossing over the West Gate Freeway will be rebuilt to make the paths more accessible to the community. Cyclists will be separated from Footscray Road intersections by elevating the shared path at MacKenzie Road, Dock Link Road and Appleton Dock Road so cyclists do not need to cross the intersections. A large number of cyclists will be able to use new connections between the Dynon Road shared path and Capital City Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Spencer Street with the addition of two new dedicated crossings. The Capital City Trail crossing at Footscray Road will also be upgraded. Areas where improvements to the cycling and footpath network could be made were a direct result of the extensive consultation undertaken on the project. The upgrades will mean the bicycle and shared user path network in the inner west will be safer and more efficient, with cyclists having better connections from the outer west all the way to the CBD. The Western Distributor is currently out to tender and the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement has commenced. The contract will be signed by late 2017 with construction to start soon after. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “The local community and cycling community told us that they wanted to fix the gaps in the cycling network and that’s what we’re doing.” “We’re making it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to get around by creating new links and separating paths from general traffic.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “This will improve safety and provide a more direct travel route for cyclists travelling from the inner West to the city and beyond.” Quotes attributable to the Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson “It is fantastic we are able to build the long awaited missing link in the Federation Trail improving such an important asset to the inner west.”

YARRAVILLE SUPERCARE PHARMACY OPENING SOON

  Friday 17 June 2016 YARRAVILLE SUPERCARE PHARMACY OPENING SOON Local families will soon have round-the-clock access to pharmacists for advice, supply of medicines and dispensing of prescriptions with Carnovale Pharmacy in Yarraville set to become one of the Andrews Labor Government’s first Supercare Pharmacies by the end of June. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, said the Supercare Pharmacy would help families, shift-workers and others who need non-emergency care after hours. This will give Victorians more choice and better access to timely health and illness advice, support and treatment closer to home. These pharmacies will open their doors 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, with a nurse on site from 6pm to 10pm. The free nursing service will provide face-to-face health advice and treatment for minor injuries or illness and no appointments will be necessary. Nurses will also assist with basic care such as wound management, as well as physical assessment, flu and whooping cough immunisations, health screening such as blood pressure checks, sexual health advice and referrals to other local services. Community pharmacists will be able to assist with providing high quality lifestyle, medicines and minor illness advice in their local community. The Labor Government’s $28.7 million Victorian Super Pharmacies Initiative will see 20 Supercare Pharmacies open to the public by 2018. This service will not replace doctors or the need to visit an emergency department if people need a higher level of care. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Having one of the first Supercare Pharmacies here in Yarraville will make a big difference for local families, and help take the pressure off our busy emergency departments.” “I know how important it is for local families to be able to access high quality health care at whatever time of day we need it.” “This new Supercare Pharmacy will give parents another option and more peace of mind, knowing that round-the-clock care is now available close to home and when they need it.” -ENDS- Media contact: Sam Hayward, 9399 9022 or sam.hayward@parliament.vic.gov.au

YARRAVILLE SUPERCARE PHARMACY OPENING SOON

  Friday 17 June 2016 YARRAVILLE SUPERCARE PHARMACY OPENING SOON Local families will soon have round-the-clock access to pharmacists for advice, supply of medicines and dispensing of prescriptions with Carnovale Pharmacy in Yarraville set to become one of the Andrews Labor Government’s first Supercare Pharmacies by the end of June. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, said the Supercare Pharmacy would help families, shift-workers and others who need non-emergency care after hours. This will give Victorians more choice and better access to timely health and illness advice, support and treatment closer to home. These pharmacies will open their doors 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, with a nurse on site from 6pm to 10pm. The free nursing service will provide face-to-face health advice and treatment for minor injuries or illness and no appointments will be necessary. Nurses will also assist with basic care such as wound management, as well as physical assessment, flu and whooping cough immunisations, health screening such as blood pressure checks, sexual health advice and referrals to other local services. Community pharmacists will be able to assist with providing high quality lifestyle, medicines and minor illness advice in their local community. The Labor Government’s $28.7 million Victorian Super Pharmacies Initiative will see 20 Supercare Pharmacies open to the public by 2018. This service will not replace doctors or the need to visit an emergency department if people need a higher level of care. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Having one of the first Supercare Pharmacies here in Yarraville will make a big difference for local families, and help take the pressure off our busy emergency departments.” “I know how important it is for local families to be able to access high quality health care at whatever time of day we need it.” “This new Supercare Pharmacy will give parents another option and more peace of mind, knowing that round-the-clock care is now available close to home and when they need it.” -ENDS- Media contact: Sam Hayward, 9399 9022 or sam.hayward@parliament.vic.gov.au

MEMBERS STATEMENT: Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, in Victoria Police

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Police): Today’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment, discrimination, and predatory behaviour inside Victoria Police is confronting and saddening. The report shines a light on a deep-set culture of hostility towards women in Victoria Police that has eroded the lives and careers of many sworn officers and public servants. It reveals patterns of behaviours by many men that are founded upon an intrinsic lack of respect for women. It’s not a ``few bad apples’’. It is an endemic inequality of power. I hope the truth of this report and the change it will inspire will take away the reluctance, or even fear, that some women have felt in making a complaint. Their experiences have been validated. They are real. They happened. Most policemen respect women. Many have challenged sexism, sometimes to their cost. I have every confidence that under the leadership of the Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton police will do what is necessary to change the culture of disrespect. He has accepted all of the recommendations in the report and the government will support him in delivering on those recommendations Police have already started down this road by establishing Taskforce Salus, creating and independent safe space for victims to access confidential support, and a workplace harm unit to examine complaints. Finally, I want to commend the courageous women and men who told their stories and the others who could no longer stand by. It is you who have allowed change to begin.  

MEMBERS STATEMENT: Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, in Victoria Police

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Police): Today’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment, discrimination, and predatory behaviour inside Victoria Police is confronting and saddening. The report shines a light on a deep-set culture of hostility towards women in Victoria Police that has eroded the lives and careers of many sworn officers and public servants. It reveals patterns of behaviours by many men that are founded upon an intrinsic lack of respect for women. It’s not a ``few bad apples’’. It is an endemic inequality of power. I hope the truth of this report and the change it will inspire will take away the reluctance, or even fear, that some women have felt in making a complaint. Their experiences have been validated. They are real. They happened. Most policemen respect women. Many have challenged sexism, sometimes to their cost. I have every confidence that under the leadership of the Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton police will do what is necessary to change the culture of disrespect. He has accepted all of the recommendations in the report and the government will support him in delivering on those recommendations Police have already started down this road by establishing Taskforce Salus, creating and independent safe space for victims to access confidential support, and a workplace harm unit to examine complaints. Finally, I want to commend the courageous women and men who told their stories and the others who could no longer stand by. It is you who have allowed change to begin.  

Campaigns

Investing in Local High Schools

The Andrews Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in local schools. Following on from our election commitment, Williamstown High School has 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 continue the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools.

Investing in Local High Schools

The Andrews Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in local schools. Following on from our election commitment, Williamstown High School has 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 continue the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools.

SKY High and the Education Precinct

For over a decade, local residents in Yarraville, Seddon and Kingsville have been campaigning to have a high school built in the local area. Due to the rising population of the area, such a project was increasingly becoming a priority. In this years Victorian budget, $1 million of the total $15 million has been provided to kick start the project planning stages. A Project Steering Group has also been established to consult with the community, which will include members of SKY High. This is the beginning of the innovative project that will bring together early childhood education providers, local schools and Victoria University.  

SKY High and the Education Precinct

For over a decade, local residents in Yarraville, Seddon and Kingsville have been campaigning to have a high school built in the local area. Due to the rising population of the area, such a project was increasingly becoming a priority. In this years Victorian budget, $1 million of the total $15 million has been provided to kick start the project planning stages. A Project Steering Group has also been established to consult with the community, which will include members of SKY High. This is the beginning of the innovative project that will bring together early childhood education providers, local schools and Victoria University.  

Port Phillip Woollen Mills site

Over the past few years, local residents of Williamstown have been campaigning against the development of a series of high rise properties on the Port Phillip Woollen Mills site at the end of Nelson’s Place. On the 24 February 2015, the Hobsons Bay City Council voted unanimously to approve the Planning Scheme Amendments which would limit any development on the Woollen Mills site to 25 metres. This was the original recommendation by the Port Phillip Woollen Mill Advisory Committee Report. The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has now approved the planning scheme amendment keeping any development to a maximum of 25 metres over 60% of the area. The planning scheme also introduces a development contributions plan overlay for new local infrastructure and requires a coastal hazard vulnerability assessment. This is a victory for common sense in Williamstown as well as the wider Williamstown community who have fought hard for this outcome.

Port Phillip Woollen Mills site

Over the past few years, local residents of Williamstown have been campaigning against the development of a series of high rise properties on the Port Phillip Woollen Mills site at the end of Nelson’s Place. On the 24 February 2015, the Hobsons Bay City Council voted unanimously to approve the Planning Scheme Amendments which would limit any development on the Woollen Mills site to 25 metres. This was the original recommendation by the Port Phillip Woollen Mill Advisory Committee Report. The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has now approved the planning scheme amendment keeping any development to a maximum of 25 metres over 60% of the area. The planning scheme also introduces a development contributions plan overlay for new local infrastructure and requires a coastal hazard vulnerability assessment. This is a victory for common sense in Williamstown as well as the wider Williamstown community who have fought hard for this outcome.

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 has brokered a $2.6 million partnership to seal two of the areas dustiest roads. As a part of this new initiative, the Government will contribute $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road, two of Brooklyn’s dustiest roads. Although the initiative will not fix all of Brooklyn’s dust and pollution problems, it is a mighty step forward to improving the liveability of Brooklyn.

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 has brokered a $2.6 million partnership to seal two of the areas dustiest roads. As a part of this new initiative, the Government will contribute $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road, two of Brooklyn’s dustiest roads. Although the initiative will not fix all of Brooklyn’s dust and pollution problems, it is a mighty step forward to improving the liveability of Brooklyn.