• 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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ANDREWS GOVERNMENT KICKS IN FOR LOCAL SPORT

Local cricket, soccer, and lacrosse clubs will soon be enjoying improved sports facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP today announced that sporting reserves across Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong were among grant recipients in the latest round of the Labor Government’s $180 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Sports clubs in the Williamstown Electorate will share in almost $500,000 from the Andrews Government, as part of a partnership projects with both the Maribyrnong City Council and the Hobsons Bay City Council to improve sporting facilities. Successful projects include: Significant upgrades at Digman Reserve in Newport: $250,000 will go towards a $1m project to activate the reserve for soccer, which involves redeveloping the eastern playing field and installing of new flood lights. This project will support the ongoing use of Digman Reserve by the Gellibrand Cricket Club, and it will help activate the reserve for training and match opportunities in winter for the Barnstoneworth United FC.​ Upgraded lighting at Angliss Reserve in Yarraville: $239,745 will go towards a $479,490 project to install six new flood light towers, and upgrade four existing towers. The project will provide further training and development opportunities for the Footscray Lacrosse Club. It will also provide further training opportunities for the large amount of participants at the neighbouring Yarraville Glory Soccer Club. In this round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, over 90 projects will be supported across Victoria thanks to a $60 million boost from the Victorian Budget 2018/19. This investment is part of our commitment to promoting sport and active recreation by encouraging all Victorians to be active. Mr Noonan acknowledged Maribyrnong City Council and Hobsons Bay City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the projects. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan “Congratulations to our local Councils and Clubs - this boost will go a long way to supporting the growing number of people keen to get involved in local sport.” “It’s a great example of how we’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for locals in Melbourne’s west.” “These are wonderful projects that will be delivered in partnership with our local Councils.” Quotes attributable to Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Cr Angela Altair “I thank Mr Noonan and welcome this funding contribution towards the Council led upgrades planned for Digman Reserve.” “We know from our Sports Facility Needs Analysis that there is a lot to do in Hobsons Bay and every dollar we get in support from the State Government helps.” “We now look forward to getting on with this project in collaboration with the clubs and we are hopeful of further funding contributions from the government to help us to improve our local sports facilities to be more accessible to all, especially with the recent growth in female participation in sport.”

ANDREWS GOVERNMENT KICKS IN FOR LOCAL SPORT

Local cricket, soccer, and lacrosse clubs will soon be enjoying improved sports facilities thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP today announced that sporting reserves across Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong were among grant recipients in the latest round of the Labor Government’s $180 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Sports clubs in the Williamstown Electorate will share in almost $500,000 from the Andrews Government, as part of a partnership projects with both the Maribyrnong City Council and the Hobsons Bay City Council to improve sporting facilities. Successful projects include: Significant upgrades at Digman Reserve in Newport: $250,000 will go towards a $1m project to activate the reserve for soccer, which involves redeveloping the eastern playing field and installing of new flood lights. This project will support the ongoing use of Digman Reserve by the Gellibrand Cricket Club, and it will help activate the reserve for training and match opportunities in winter for the Barnstoneworth United FC.​ Upgraded lighting at Angliss Reserve in Yarraville: $239,745 will go towards a $479,490 project to install six new flood light towers, and upgrade four existing towers. The project will provide further training and development opportunities for the Footscray Lacrosse Club. It will also provide further training opportunities for the large amount of participants at the neighbouring Yarraville Glory Soccer Club. In this round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund, over 90 projects will be supported across Victoria thanks to a $60 million boost from the Victorian Budget 2018/19. This investment is part of our commitment to promoting sport and active recreation by encouraging all Victorians to be active. Mr Noonan acknowledged Maribyrnong City Council and Hobsons Bay City Council for their commitment and financial contribution to the projects. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan “Congratulations to our local Councils and Clubs - this boost will go a long way to supporting the growing number of people keen to get involved in local sport.” “It’s a great example of how we’re making sport and recreation more accessible, welcoming and inclusive for locals in Melbourne’s west.” “These are wonderful projects that will be delivered in partnership with our local Councils.” Quotes attributable to Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Cr Angela Altair “I thank Mr Noonan and welcome this funding contribution towards the Council led upgrades planned for Digman Reserve.” “We know from our Sports Facility Needs Analysis that there is a lot to do in Hobsons Bay and every dollar we get in support from the State Government helps.” “We now look forward to getting on with this project in collaboration with the clubs and we are hopeful of further funding contributions from the government to help us to improve our local sports facilities to be more accessible to all, especially with the recent growth in female participation in sport.”

Recovery Plan For Stony Creek

The Andrews Labor Government will invest more than $1 million to restore Stony Creek following the factory fire in Footscray West in late August. Minister for Water Lisa Neville and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the funding today, which will deliver a range of actions to clean-up the creek. These actions include pumping 70 million litres of contaminated water out of the waterway, installing equipment to contain the contaminants and removing impacted wildlife. The funding includes $700,000 for removal, disposal and remediation works at Cruickshank Park, Golf Course to Hyde Street, Paramount Road to Geelong Road and Francis Street to Golf Course. It also includes $350,000 for water sampling, testing and monitoring by the EPA to determine the impact of the fire on the waterway. These findings will inform the final recovery plan. This funding is in addition to the $600,000 already invested by Melbourne Water as part of the initial clean-up work already undertaken at Stony Creek. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Environment Protection Authority (EPA), and Melbourne Water are working with the Maribyrnong City Council to implement a long-term plan to help the waterway recover from the impacts of the fire. As part of this process, agencies will work with key community stakeholders to establish a community reference group to monitor the progress of recovery works. The EPA continues to monitor air and water quality in the affected areas and provide advice around the potential human health impacts. It has already spoken to more than 500 residents and letterboxed hundreds of homes in the area; officers will also be out again this week to hear from residents and answer questions. This factory fire highlights the importance of the Labor Government’s Waterways of the West Action Plan – which will ensure waterways like Stony Creek and their parklands in Melbourne’s west are better protected. Quote attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “We’re cleaning up the creek and returning it to the state it was before the fire. Critical works have already taken place to remove contamination and prevent the spread of contaminates – and we won’t stop until it’s all gone.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We have been working closely with the EPA and other agencies since the incident to clean up this mess and keep people informed.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “We’ve listened to local communities and now we’re taking decisive action to repair the damage done to Stony Creek.”   Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson “We’re taking this matter very seriously and will continue to work with locals to ensure they have the information they need about repairs to the local waterway and to ensure we minimise any risks of this incident occurring again.”

Recovery Plan For Stony Creek

The Andrews Labor Government will invest more than $1 million to restore Stony Creek following the factory fire in Footscray West in late August. Minister for Water Lisa Neville and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the funding today, which will deliver a range of actions to clean-up the creek. These actions include pumping 70 million litres of contaminated water out of the waterway, installing equipment to contain the contaminants and removing impacted wildlife. The funding includes $700,000 for removal, disposal and remediation works at Cruickshank Park, Golf Course to Hyde Street, Paramount Road to Geelong Road and Francis Street to Golf Course. It also includes $350,000 for water sampling, testing and monitoring by the EPA to determine the impact of the fire on the waterway. These findings will inform the final recovery plan. This funding is in addition to the $600,000 already invested by Melbourne Water as part of the initial clean-up work already undertaken at Stony Creek. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Environment Protection Authority (EPA), and Melbourne Water are working with the Maribyrnong City Council to implement a long-term plan to help the waterway recover from the impacts of the fire. As part of this process, agencies will work with key community stakeholders to establish a community reference group to monitor the progress of recovery works. The EPA continues to monitor air and water quality in the affected areas and provide advice around the potential human health impacts. It has already spoken to more than 500 residents and letterboxed hundreds of homes in the area; officers will also be out again this week to hear from residents and answer questions. This factory fire highlights the importance of the Labor Government’s Waterways of the West Action Plan – which will ensure waterways like Stony Creek and their parklands in Melbourne’s west are better protected. Quote attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville “We’re cleaning up the creek and returning it to the state it was before the fire. Critical works have already taken place to remove contamination and prevent the spread of contaminates – and we won’t stop until it’s all gone.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “We have been working closely with the EPA and other agencies since the incident to clean up this mess and keep people informed.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “We’ve listened to local communities and now we’re taking decisive action to repair the damage done to Stony Creek.”   Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson “We’re taking this matter very seriously and will continue to work with locals to ensure they have the information they need about repairs to the local waterway and to ensure we minimise any risks of this incident occurring again.”

LOCAL SPORT AND RECREATION CLUBS TO BENEFIT FROM GRANTS

The 4th Williamstown Sea Scouts, Williamstown Colts Cricket Club, VBRA Altona Branch and the Altona North Cricket Club are among 512 grassroots sport and recreation clubs across the state sharing $815,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Williamstown, the Hon. Wade Noonan MP today announced four local clubs that had successfully applied for funding in the first round of the Andrews Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $2000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5000 to improve operational effectiveness. In the Williamstown Electorate, the 4th Williamstown Sea Scouts will use their $950 grant to purchase 12 helmets of different sizes to be used for a new kayaking program. Currently youth members are unable to access this activity due to safety concerns and this grant will provide young people in Williamstown with the opportunity to participate in the activity safely. The Williamstown Colts Cricket Club have been allocated a $1,000 grant to be used to purchase new uniforms for their senior men and junior sides as part of their plan to rebrand and begin a new club. The VBRA Altona Branch will use their $2,000 grant to upskill and develop current basketball referees which will receive feedback and coaching on local games by qualified referee coaches and evaluators. The Altona North Cricket Club will use their $5,000 grant to develop and implement a strategic plan to reestablish cricket programs for girls, boys and women living in the Altona North area and its surrounds, promoting greater participation in cricket by people from the local community. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Andrews Government has provided more than 3,200 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $4.4 million. We’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “Our local sport and recreation clubs do a fantastic job and are usually run on the smell of an oily rag, so I know these funds will be appreciated.” “Once again we’re seeing an injection of funds to increase the participation of girls and women in sport, which is a great thing.” “I want to place on record my thanks and admiration for all those people throughout our community who give so generously of their time to run our local clubs.”

LOCAL SPORT AND RECREATION CLUBS TO BENEFIT FROM GRANTS

The 4th Williamstown Sea Scouts, Williamstown Colts Cricket Club, VBRA Altona Branch and the Altona North Cricket Club are among 512 grassroots sport and recreation clubs across the state sharing $815,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Williamstown, the Hon. Wade Noonan MP today announced four local clubs that had successfully applied for funding in the first round of the Andrews Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $2000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5000 to improve operational effectiveness. In the Williamstown Electorate, the 4th Williamstown Sea Scouts will use their $950 grant to purchase 12 helmets of different sizes to be used for a new kayaking program. Currently youth members are unable to access this activity due to safety concerns and this grant will provide young people in Williamstown with the opportunity to participate in the activity safely. The Williamstown Colts Cricket Club have been allocated a $1,000 grant to be used to purchase new uniforms for their senior men and junior sides as part of their plan to rebrand and begin a new club. The VBRA Altona Branch will use their $2,000 grant to upskill and develop current basketball referees which will receive feedback and coaching on local games by qualified referee coaches and evaluators. The Altona North Cricket Club will use their $5,000 grant to develop and implement a strategic plan to reestablish cricket programs for girls, boys and women living in the Altona North area and its surrounds, promoting greater participation in cricket by people from the local community. The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Andrews Government has provided more than 3,200 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $4.4 million. We’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “Our local sport and recreation clubs do a fantastic job and are usually run on the smell of an oily rag, so I know these funds will be appreciated.” “Once again we’re seeing an injection of funds to increase the participation of girls and women in sport, which is a great thing.” “I want to place on record my thanks and admiration for all those people throughout our community who give so generously of their time to run our local clubs.”

STUNNING TRANSFORMATION FOR SEAWORKS IN WILLIAMSTOWN

Minister for Ports, Luke Donnellan and Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan visited Seaworks in Williamstown to mark the completion of renovation works across the historic seaport site. The Andrews Government invested $3 million to upgrade the site which has delivered substantial improvements, including: A new all-access lift Stunning glass doors across the rear of the main building Upgraded services New toilets Modernised entrance A new mezzanine level event space Upgrades to multi-purpose activity areas Seaworks promotes Victoria’s maritime history on a prime waterfront location in Williamstown. The site is a working deep-water port and Melbourne’s key mooring site for visiting local and international tall ships and other historic vessels. Seaworks provides a place for recreational, educational, tourism, cultural and commercial activities, attracting Victorian, interstate and overseas visitors. The Seaworks precinct is a magnificent setting already in high demand for a diverse calendar of cultural, food and wine, and vibrant events that engage and resonate with the broader community across metropolitan Melbourne. The not-for-profit Seaworks Foundation is chaired by Trevor Huggard and its Patron is former Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks. For more information, visit: www.seaworks.com.au Quotes attributable to the Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan: “Seaworks in Williamstown has always had great potential, but now it’s the real deal thanks to a $3 million Andrews Government renovation.” “Locals will be amazed at the transformation of this grand old maritime building.” “The Seaworks Foundation are to be congratulated for their vision and delivering such an outstanding community asset.”

STUNNING TRANSFORMATION FOR SEAWORKS IN WILLIAMSTOWN

Minister for Ports, Luke Donnellan and Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan visited Seaworks in Williamstown to mark the completion of renovation works across the historic seaport site. The Andrews Government invested $3 million to upgrade the site which has delivered substantial improvements, including: A new all-access lift Stunning glass doors across the rear of the main building Upgraded services New toilets Modernised entrance A new mezzanine level event space Upgrades to multi-purpose activity areas Seaworks promotes Victoria’s maritime history on a prime waterfront location in Williamstown. The site is a working deep-water port and Melbourne’s key mooring site for visiting local and international tall ships and other historic vessels. Seaworks provides a place for recreational, educational, tourism, cultural and commercial activities, attracting Victorian, interstate and overseas visitors. The Seaworks precinct is a magnificent setting already in high demand for a diverse calendar of cultural, food and wine, and vibrant events that engage and resonate with the broader community across metropolitan Melbourne. The not-for-profit Seaworks Foundation is chaired by Trevor Huggard and its Patron is former Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks. For more information, visit: www.seaworks.com.au Quotes attributable to the Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan: “Seaworks in Williamstown has always had great potential, but now it’s the real deal thanks to a $3 million Andrews Government renovation.” “Locals will be amazed at the transformation of this grand old maritime building.” “The Seaworks Foundation are to be congratulated for their vision and delivering such an outstanding community asset.”

Campaigns

REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

Level crossings pose a serious risk to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and trains and cause travel delays and disruptions on our train lines and roads. The Andrews Government wants to improve the safety and efficiency for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists which is why we’re removing 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings in Victoria. Two of these are located within the electorate of Williamstown, on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown. These crossings 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 and they need to be removed. 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. They will also increase the reliability of our roads, giving people a greater ability to predict travel times. Work is underway to remove the level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road and partially duplicate the Altona Loop, and works are at the early planning stages for Ferguson Street, with a final design decision yet to be 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 and cause travel delays and disruptions on our train lines and roads. The Andrews Government wants to improve the safety and efficiency for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists which is why we’re removing 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings in Victoria. Two of these are located within the electorate of Williamstown, on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown. These crossings 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 and they need to be removed. 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. They will also increase the reliability of our roads, giving people a greater ability to predict travel times. Work is underway to remove the level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road and partially duplicate the Altona Loop, and works are at the early planning stages for Ferguson Street, with a final design decision yet to be 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 and is an important part of the Andrews Government’s plans to give Melburnians more options and flexibility in how they move about our city. 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 provide a vital alternative to the Westgate Bridge, providing a direct link from the freeway to the Port of Melbourne via a tunnel under Yarraville. The project design encompasses 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. 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 along Francis Street and Somerville Road set to come into effect once the tunnel begins operation in 2022. In response to concerns among local residents, the Andrews Government also announced additional truck bans along Hudsons Road between Booker Street and Melbourne Road, and along the full length of Blackshaws Road, from Melbourne Road to Grieve Parade. The West Gate Tunnel Project has undergone an extensive and robust planning assessment process, including through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) which has now concluded. Public involvement in the project’s development and EES process has resulted in design improvements and more than 100 requirements being applied to make sure possible environmental effects are well managed. As a result of the EES, a sixth air quality monitoring station will be positioned at Millers Road, in addition to the five air quality monitoring stations originally planned. Millers Road residents north of the West Gate Freeway will also be offered noise reduction options on their properties. This year, Minister for Roads, the Hon. Luke Donnellan also announced a corridor study to be conducted on Millers and Williamstown Roads to determine how we move people and freight now and in the future. The Corridor Study Group will examine potential challenges brought about by the Westgate Tunnel and will do so ensuring community and business needs are both sufficiently met. To access the Terms of Reference for the study, visit this website. The Andrews Government will continue to work constructively with individuals and organisations that raise concerns about the project and remains committed to working with the local community to avoid future adverse impacts. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Melbourne’s west, and when completed will ensure the sustainability and 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 and is an important part of the Andrews Government’s plans to give Melburnians more options and flexibility in how they move about our city. 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 provide a vital alternative to the Westgate Bridge, providing a direct link from the freeway to the Port of Melbourne via a tunnel under Yarraville. The project design encompasses 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. 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 along Francis Street and Somerville Road set to come into effect once the tunnel begins operation in 2022. In response to concerns among local residents, the Andrews Government also announced additional truck bans along Hudsons Road between Booker Street and Melbourne Road, and along the full length of Blackshaws Road, from Melbourne Road to Grieve Parade. The West Gate Tunnel Project has undergone an extensive and robust planning assessment process, including through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) which has now concluded. Public involvement in the project’s development and EES process has resulted in design improvements and more than 100 requirements being applied to make sure possible environmental effects are well managed. As a result of the EES, a sixth air quality monitoring station will be positioned at Millers Road, in addition to the five air quality monitoring stations originally planned. Millers Road residents north of the West Gate Freeway will also be offered noise reduction options on their properties. This year, Minister for Roads, the Hon. Luke Donnellan also announced a corridor study to be conducted on Millers and Williamstown Roads to determine how we move people and freight now and in the future. The Corridor Study Group will examine potential challenges brought about by the Westgate Tunnel and will do so ensuring community and business needs are both sufficiently met. To access the Terms of Reference for the study, visit this website. The Andrews Government will continue to work constructively with individuals and organisations that raise concerns about the project and remains committed to working with the local community to avoid future adverse impacts. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Melbourne’s west, and when completed will ensure the sustainability and liveability of the inner west.

SKY High and the Education Precinct

Parents in Yarraville, Seddon and Kingsville campaigned for more than a decade to establish a new government secondary school in the inner west and the Andrews Government is delivering one as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. In a major win for the growing number of families in the area, the Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocated more than $30 million to build a junior campus on Pilgrim Street in Seddon. This represents the single largest funding allocation ever made to an education project in the Williamstown electorate and comes after an allocation of $1.5 million for planning and $10.6 million for construction was made in past budgets. A transition plan will begin next year and a transition coordinator will be appointed to oversee the process. Under the plan: From 2020, Footscray City College will become a new senior campus for Years 10-12. From 2020, Gilmore College will be a co-educational junior campus for Years 7-9. A new secondary campus in Seddon will be a co-educational junior campus for Years 7-9, with construction to commence late this year and the first intake of Years 7 to 8 students scheduled for 2021. In 2019, Gilmore College will start changing its enrolments, with no Years 7 or 11 intake. Current Footscray City College students will complete their school education at the current site. We will appoint a Transition Coordinator in 2018 to develop individual transition plans for students. This project will ensure that every young person in the west has access to a great education and is supported in achieving what they want in the future. More information about the Footscray Learning Precinct can be found at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.

SKY High and the Education Precinct

Parents in Yarraville, Seddon and Kingsville campaigned for more than a decade to establish a new government secondary school in the inner west and the Andrews Government is delivering one as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. In a major win for the growing number of families in the area, the Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocated more than $30 million to build a junior campus on Pilgrim Street in Seddon. This represents the single largest funding allocation ever made to an education project in the Williamstown electorate and comes after an allocation of $1.5 million for planning and $10.6 million for construction was made in past budgets. A transition plan will begin next year and a transition coordinator will be appointed to oversee the process. Under the plan: From 2020, Footscray City College will become a new senior campus for Years 10-12. From 2020, Gilmore College will be a co-educational junior campus for Years 7-9. A new secondary campus in Seddon will be a co-educational junior campus for Years 7-9, with construction to commence late this year and the first intake of Years 7 to 8 students scheduled for 2021. In 2019, Gilmore College will start changing its enrolments, with no Years 7 or 11 intake. Current Footscray City College students will complete their school education at the current site. We will appoint a Transition Coordinator in 2018 to develop individual transition plans for students. This project will ensure that every young person in the west has access to a great education and is supported in achieving what they want in the future. More information about the Footscray Learning Precinct can be found at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.

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 part of this new initiative, the Andrews Government contributed $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road. Since the roads were 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. The Andrews Government is committed to working alongside the community to improve air quality in Victoria and kicked off the conversation with Victorians to determine priorities for future air quality management in May 2018 with the Clean Air for All Victorians – Victoria’s Clean Air Statement. Wade Noonan MP and Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne, made a submission to the statement, calling for regular air quality monitoring, accessibility of air quality results and the enforcement of strict compliance measures. To read the full submission, visit Wade and Melissa's Air Quality Submission  

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 part of this new initiative, the Andrews Government contributed $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road. Since the roads were 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. The Andrews Government is committed to working alongside the community to improve air quality in Victoria and kicked off the conversation with Victorians to determine priorities for future air quality management in May 2018 with the Clean Air for All Victorians – Victoria’s Clean Air Statement. Wade Noonan MP and Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne, made a submission to the statement, calling for regular air quality monitoring, accessibility of air quality results and the enforcement of strict compliance measures. To read the full submission, visit Wade and Melissa's Air Quality Submission