• 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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LOCAL SCHOOLS SHARE IN MAINTENANCE FUNDS

Three schools in Hobsons Bay have shared in almost $500,000 from the Andrews Government to repair school buildings and facilities. The additional funds mean Williamstown High School, Altona North Primary School and Kingsville Primary School won’t have to sacrifice funding from their school budget to complete the urgent repairs. Repair works include: Kingsville Primary School - $103,000 to repair school roof, re-laying concrete entry paving, repairing asphalt areas, and renew the asphalt playground; Williamstown High School - $196,000 to complete vital maintenance works on the administration building at the Pasco Street Campus; Altona North Primary School - $198,000 to replace and upgrade cracked and damaged cladding on the school’s two main buildings. These investments represent essential works funding and highlight the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to education throughout Victoria and particularly the west. Investments like these are vital to teachers, students, and the broader school community in order to ensure teachers can do their jobs to the best of their abilities, and local communities have schools they can be proud of. Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP “School budgets should be focused on educating students, not repairing leaky roofs. “These school buildings are well used, so from time to time they need some TLC.” “This essential works funding for our local schools is yet another demonstration of the Andrews Government’s commitment to education.”

LOCAL SCHOOLS SHARE IN MAINTENANCE FUNDS

Three schools in Hobsons Bay have shared in almost $500,000 from the Andrews Government to repair school buildings and facilities. The additional funds mean Williamstown High School, Altona North Primary School and Kingsville Primary School won’t have to sacrifice funding from their school budget to complete the urgent repairs. Repair works include: Kingsville Primary School - $103,000 to repair school roof, re-laying concrete entry paving, repairing asphalt areas, and renew the asphalt playground; Williamstown High School - $196,000 to complete vital maintenance works on the administration building at the Pasco Street Campus; Altona North Primary School - $198,000 to replace and upgrade cracked and damaged cladding on the school’s two main buildings. These investments represent essential works funding and highlight the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to education throughout Victoria and particularly the west. Investments like these are vital to teachers, students, and the broader school community in order to ensure teachers can do their jobs to the best of their abilities, and local communities have schools they can be proud of. Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP “School budgets should be focused on educating students, not repairing leaky roofs. “These school buildings are well used, so from time to time they need some TLC.” “This essential works funding for our local schools is yet another demonstration of the Andrews Government’s commitment to education.”

COMMUNITY SAFETY RISES AS AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES DECREASE

The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding Victoria’s ambulance system after four years of neglect under the former Liberal Government to ensure all community members get the care they need in a critical emergency. Our $500 million plan will improve ambulance response times, employ 450 more paramedics, buy new vehicles and build more stations across the state. In Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong, residents have benefitted from the Andrews Labor Government’s investments with significant response time improvements. Ambulance Victoria’s benchmark for life-saving code 1 responses is 85% arriving within 15 minutes. In Hobsons Bay this year, 85.5% code 1 ambulance responses arrived within 15 minutes, compared to just 79% under the previous Liberal Government, with the average response time being 11:19. In Maribyrnong, 88.3% of ambulances arrived in less than 15 minutes this year, with an average time of just 10:31, up from 83% under the previous Liberal Government. Under the previous Liberal Government, the average ambulance response times for Code 1 emergencies was 12:29 minutes in Hobsons Bay, and 11:28 minutes in Maribyrnong. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP “In life-threatening emergencies every minute matters.” “Labor’s heavy investments in our ambulance service, including employing 450 additional paramedics, are helping to turnaround the former Liberal Government’s ambulance crisis. “Both Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong ambulance response times have shown steady improvement under Labor.”

COMMUNITY SAFETY RISES AS AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES DECREASE

The Andrews Labor Government is rebuilding Victoria’s ambulance system after four years of neglect under the former Liberal Government to ensure all community members get the care they need in a critical emergency. Our $500 million plan will improve ambulance response times, employ 450 more paramedics, buy new vehicles and build more stations across the state. In Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong, residents have benefitted from the Andrews Labor Government’s investments with significant response time improvements. Ambulance Victoria’s benchmark for life-saving code 1 responses is 85% arriving within 15 minutes. In Hobsons Bay this year, 85.5% code 1 ambulance responses arrived within 15 minutes, compared to just 79% under the previous Liberal Government, with the average response time being 11:19. In Maribyrnong, 88.3% of ambulances arrived in less than 15 minutes this year, with an average time of just 10:31, up from 83% under the previous Liberal Government. Under the previous Liberal Government, the average ambulance response times for Code 1 emergencies was 12:29 minutes in Hobsons Bay, and 11:28 minutes in Maribyrnong. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP “In life-threatening emergencies every minute matters.” “Labor’s heavy investments in our ambulance service, including employing 450 additional paramedics, are helping to turnaround the former Liberal Government’s ambulance crisis. “Both Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong ambulance response times have shown steady improvement under Labor.”

GIVING LOCAL LIFESAVERS THE RESOURCES THEY DESERVE

The Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club has opened new facilities funded by the Andrews Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program.   Williamstown’s iconic lifesaving club was successful in its bid for facilities upgrades, additional resources, and program-development funding, receiving a $25,000 grant from the State Government.   The ESVS grant went towards purchasing and installing shipping container storage facilities for two new jet-skis that are used to prevent drownings on non-patrolled beaches. It also helped with minor upgrades to the clubhouse and was used to build a new gate. The $25,000 has also helped the Williamstown Lifesaving Club develop ‘Starfish Nippers’, which assists kids with additional needs participate in the much-loved Nippers program.   To mark the beginning of the ‘Nippers season’, Wade Noonan today visited the lifesaving club to officially open the new facilities.   Wade Noonan also congratulated the Lifesaving Club’s surf rowing team, which was successful in its recent bid for a $750 grant from the Andrews Government’s Athlete Pathway Travel Grant program. This money will help provide accommodation for the surf rowing team during the 2018 Australian Surf Rowing League Open.   The Andrews Government continues to support volunteer emergency services organisations like the Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club by making sure that they have the necessary resources to perform their invaluable work.   To view the full list of recipients of the ESVS Grants program, please visit: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants   Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan MP   “We are so fortunate in Williamstown to have such a wonderful and inclusive Lifesaving Club.” “At a time of high participation, particularly among nippers, our Government has been proud to provide a significant financial contribution to support the Club’s work.” “I want to thank the Club’s committee and countless volunteers for their work to prevent drownings and keep our community safe.”

GIVING LOCAL LIFESAVERS THE RESOURCES THEY DESERVE

The Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club has opened new facilities funded by the Andrews Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program.   Williamstown’s iconic lifesaving club was successful in its bid for facilities upgrades, additional resources, and program-development funding, receiving a $25,000 grant from the State Government.   The ESVS grant went towards purchasing and installing shipping container storage facilities for two new jet-skis that are used to prevent drownings on non-patrolled beaches. It also helped with minor upgrades to the clubhouse and was used to build a new gate. The $25,000 has also helped the Williamstown Lifesaving Club develop ‘Starfish Nippers’, which assists kids with additional needs participate in the much-loved Nippers program.   To mark the beginning of the ‘Nippers season’, Wade Noonan today visited the lifesaving club to officially open the new facilities.   Wade Noonan also congratulated the Lifesaving Club’s surf rowing team, which was successful in its recent bid for a $750 grant from the Andrews Government’s Athlete Pathway Travel Grant program. This money will help provide accommodation for the surf rowing team during the 2018 Australian Surf Rowing League Open.   The Andrews Government continues to support volunteer emergency services organisations like the Williamstown Swimming and Lifesaving Club by making sure that they have the necessary resources to perform their invaluable work.   To view the full list of recipients of the ESVS Grants program, please visit: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants   Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan MP   “We are so fortunate in Williamstown to have such a wonderful and inclusive Lifesaving Club.” “At a time of high participation, particularly among nippers, our Government has been proud to provide a significant financial contribution to support the Club’s work.” “I want to thank the Club’s committee and countless volunteers for their work to prevent drownings and keep our community safe.”

HIGH CAPACITY METRO TRAINS PROJECT DELIVERS JOBS BOOST FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government’s investment in bigger and better trains continues to deliver new jobs for Melbourne’s west. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced 175 new positions at the Newport depot to build 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains for Melbourne over the next six years. A mix of semi-skilled manufacturing and skilled manufacturing roles are on offer, mainly consisting of electrical, mechanical trades, boilermakers, and vehicle builders. The Andrews Government’s big public transport projects are creating more than 1,800 jobs in the rolling stock and transport industries, with a recruitment drive underway to fill hundreds of positions across these industries. Workers in the automotive industry are encouraged to apply, as the project provides the perfect opportunity to utilise skills learnt in the vehicle industry to transition into a career in Victoria’s rolling stock industry. School-leavers and other young Victorians are also being urged to apply for one of 30 pre-apprenticeship positions, which are designed to potentially lead to apprenticeships on the HCMT project. The Certificate II in engineering studies will be provided through Chisholm TAFE, which will hold information sessions in November 2017 ahead of a February 2018 course start date. Interested Victorians are encouraged to regularly search popular jobs listing websites with search terms including: ‘High Capacity Metro Trains Project’ or ‘HCMT Project’. Job seekers can also directly apply through Downer Careers at downercareers.com/ For more information on the pre-apprenticeship program and how to apply for a scholarship visit chisholm.edu.au/downerpa Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Earlier this month we saw the closure of Toyota, so these new jobs couldn’t come at a more important time.” “This is the biggest train project in Victoria’s history and I am proud that locals will be building it.”  “This is about more than just building new rolling stock; it’s about positioning Victoria as a potential future train supplier to all of Australia and the rest of the world.”    

HIGH CAPACITY METRO TRAINS PROJECT DELIVERS JOBS BOOST FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government’s investment in bigger and better trains continues to deliver new jobs for Melbourne’s west. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced 175 new positions at the Newport depot to build 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains for Melbourne over the next six years. A mix of semi-skilled manufacturing and skilled manufacturing roles are on offer, mainly consisting of electrical, mechanical trades, boilermakers, and vehicle builders. The Andrews Government’s big public transport projects are creating more than 1,800 jobs in the rolling stock and transport industries, with a recruitment drive underway to fill hundreds of positions across these industries. Workers in the automotive industry are encouraged to apply, as the project provides the perfect opportunity to utilise skills learnt in the vehicle industry to transition into a career in Victoria’s rolling stock industry. School-leavers and other young Victorians are also being urged to apply for one of 30 pre-apprenticeship positions, which are designed to potentially lead to apprenticeships on the HCMT project. The Certificate II in engineering studies will be provided through Chisholm TAFE, which will hold information sessions in November 2017 ahead of a February 2018 course start date. Interested Victorians are encouraged to regularly search popular jobs listing websites with search terms including: ‘High Capacity Metro Trains Project’ or ‘HCMT Project’. Job seekers can also directly apply through Downer Careers at downercareers.com/ For more information on the pre-apprenticeship program and how to apply for a scholarship visit chisholm.edu.au/downerpa Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Earlier this month we saw the closure of Toyota, so these new jobs couldn’t come at a more important time.” “This is the biggest train project in Victoria’s history and I am proud that locals will be building it.”  “This is about more than just building new rolling stock; it’s about positioning Victoria as a potential future train supplier to all of Australia and the rest of the world.”    

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.