• 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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Kicking Goals for Grassroots Sport in Williamstown

Local sports clubs and facilities in Williamstown will share in the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in Victoria’s history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Sport John Eren joined Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today to announce $2.1 million to upgrade local sports facilities at both Bayside College Paisley and Williamstown Campuses. More locals than ever are signing up to play sport, and clubs including Williamstown CYMS Football and Cricket Clubs, Williamstown Cricket Club, Williamstown Juniors Football Club and Williamstown Football Club's VFL men's and women's teams are struggling to cater for growing demand. The upgrades will deliver new sports fields and female-friendly change rooms, complete with lighting, providing a perfect base for training, development programs and competition. It’s not just the clubs that will benefit, Bayside College students and local community groups will also have access to the new facilities for school competitions and local events. The Labor Government is also helping more people in Williamstown – of all ages and abilities – get active by giving local clubs the equipment, skills and expertise they need to grow and be more competitive. Visiting the Bayside College Williamstown Campus, Mr Eren also announced that five local clubs will share in almost $7,000 from the Sporting Club Grants Program, including: $2,000 to Power House Junior Rugby Union Football Club for junior coach training $1,798 to Williamstown Juniors Football Club for administrator training $1,000 to Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club for new portable goals $1,000 to Williamstown Congregational Cricket Club for new female uniforms $1,000 to Williamstown Football Club for new women’s jumpers This comes on top of a further $60 million for community sporting grants and $5 million for Community Sports Infrastructure Loans, which will unlock up to $100 million to upgrade local facilities. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $241.6 million in women’s and community sport, including more than $100 million to improve facilities and access for women. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “Whether it’s a uniform or new changerooms, we’re giving grassroots clubs in Williamstown the support they need to grow their ranks and help more locals than ever play the sports they love.”       “We’re making sure grassroots clubs across the state are as strong as possible – that’s what these grants are all about.”       Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “The new facilities, uniforms and training are a big win not just for clubs, but for the entire community, providing the facilities and help local players, volunteers and fans deserve.”   

Kicking Goals for Grassroots Sport in Williamstown

Local sports clubs and facilities in Williamstown will share in the biggest investment in women’s and community sport in Victoria’s history thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Sport John Eren joined Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today to announce $2.1 million to upgrade local sports facilities at both Bayside College Paisley and Williamstown Campuses. More locals than ever are signing up to play sport, and clubs including Williamstown CYMS Football and Cricket Clubs, Williamstown Cricket Club, Williamstown Juniors Football Club and Williamstown Football Club's VFL men's and women's teams are struggling to cater for growing demand. The upgrades will deliver new sports fields and female-friendly change rooms, complete with lighting, providing a perfect base for training, development programs and competition. It’s not just the clubs that will benefit, Bayside College students and local community groups will also have access to the new facilities for school competitions and local events. The Labor Government is also helping more people in Williamstown – of all ages and abilities – get active by giving local clubs the equipment, skills and expertise they need to grow and be more competitive. Visiting the Bayside College Williamstown Campus, Mr Eren also announced that five local clubs will share in almost $7,000 from the Sporting Club Grants Program, including: $2,000 to Power House Junior Rugby Union Football Club for junior coach training $1,798 to Williamstown Juniors Football Club for administrator training $1,000 to Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club for new portable goals $1,000 to Williamstown Congregational Cricket Club for new female uniforms $1,000 to Williamstown Football Club for new women’s jumpers This comes on top of a further $60 million for community sporting grants and $5 million for Community Sports Infrastructure Loans, which will unlock up to $100 million to upgrade local facilities. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will invest $241.6 million in women’s and community sport, including more than $100 million to improve facilities and access for women. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren “Whether it’s a uniform or new changerooms, we’re giving grassroots clubs in Williamstown the support they need to grow their ranks and help more locals than ever play the sports they love.”       “We’re making sure grassroots clubs across the state are as strong as possible – that’s what these grants are all about.”       Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “The new facilities, uniforms and training are a big win not just for clubs, but for the entire community, providing the facilities and help local players, volunteers and fans deserve.”   

NEW SCHOOLS FOR A GROWING MARIBYRNONG

Kids across Maribyrnong will get the world-class schools they deserve, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with the job of building brand new schools for our rapidly growing suburbs and school communities. The Labor Government today announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $353.2 million to build and plan for 28 new schools in Victoria’s fastest growing areas, including one for Maribyrnong. The Budget includes $29.2 million to build the Seddon Secondary Campus as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct to keep up with demand. This new school will open in 2021, and will mean families across Maribyrnong can have peace of mind that they will be able to access a great local school, close to home. This boost for our growing suburbs will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the individual attention they need to get the 21st century education they deserve. The Labor Government is building the Education State to give every Victorian student a great education, and every community a great local school. In contrast, in 2016 not one new school opened because the Liberals failed to plan for our growing state, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget. We won’t let that happen again. Over the last three years, our investments total more than $2.8 billion, funding 1,200 school projects and upgrades, and building 70 new schools, as well as creating more than 5,000 jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Building the Seddon Secondary Campus will ensure we keep pace with the community’s growing population and give families certainty and peace of mind.” “The community have fought hard for this new school, and only Labor is getting on and delivering it. This is about putting hard working families across Maribyrnong first.” Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “I’m proud to have been able to deliver for my community. This will create ground-breaking education facilities and pathways that will ensure that children in the Maribyrnong area will have every opportunity to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thompson  “We’re upgrading schools right across Footscray to make sure they have the best classrooms and the best facilities.”

NEW SCHOOLS FOR A GROWING MARIBYRNONG

Kids across Maribyrnong will get the world-class schools they deserve, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with the job of building brand new schools for our rapidly growing suburbs and school communities. The Labor Government today announced the Victorian Budget 2018/19 will include $353.2 million to build and plan for 28 new schools in Victoria’s fastest growing areas, including one for Maribyrnong. The Budget includes $29.2 million to build the Seddon Secondary Campus as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct to keep up with demand. This new school will open in 2021, and will mean families across Maribyrnong can have peace of mind that they will be able to access a great local school, close to home. This boost for our growing suburbs will upgrade classrooms and school facilities across Victoria, helping teachers and giving more students the individual attention they need to get the 21st century education they deserve. The Labor Government is building the Education State to give every Victorian student a great education, and every community a great local school. In contrast, in 2016 not one new school opened because the Liberals failed to plan for our growing state, while slashing $1 billion from the education budget. We won’t let that happen again. Over the last three years, our investments total more than $2.8 billion, funding 1,200 school projects and upgrades, and building 70 new schools, as well as creating more than 5,000 jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Building the Seddon Secondary Campus will ensure we keep pace with the community’s growing population and give families certainty and peace of mind.” “The community have fought hard for this new school, and only Labor is getting on and delivering it. This is about putting hard working families across Maribyrnong first.” Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “I’m proud to have been able to deliver for my community. This will create ground-breaking education facilities and pathways that will ensure that children in the Maribyrnong area will have every opportunity to succeed.” Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Marsha Thompson  “We’re upgrading schools right across Footscray to make sure they have the best classrooms and the best facilities.”

Constituency Question: Footscray Learning Precinct

Mr NOONAN (Williamstown) (12:51:46) — (13 999) Today my question is to the Minister for Education and it concerns the Footscray learning precinct. As the minister will be well aware, the member for Footscray and I have worked for many years to build support for a new education precinct to be developed in the Footscray-Seddon area to deliver groundbreaking preschool-to-postgraduate education facilities and pathways. Much work has now been done on the concept and structure for this precinct and the community has been consulted widely. My question to the minister concerns the new secondary school facility to be built on Pilgrim Street, and I ask specifically: what progress has been made to secure the site?   Hon James MERLINO MP (Minister for Education) The Premier and I visited John Henry Primary School on 13 March to announce a $236.8 million investment to purchase land for 14 new school sites across Victoria. One of the sites to receive funding as part of this announcement was for the new Seddon Campus of the Footscray Learning Precinct. This funding announcement is a significant milestone for your community and I congratulate you for your strong advocacy, over a very long time, to see a secondary school delivered in this part of your electorate. The proposed site for the Footscray Learning Precinct junior secondary college in Seddon has a number of different landowners, including a parcel of land already in the ownership of the Department of Education and Training. The Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) has initiated conversations with a number of stakeholders, including Maribyrnong City Council, VicTrack and Victoria University. The VSBA is working to secure the entire site as quickly as possible. It is envisaged that ownership of the different land parcels will be secured progressively throughout 2018. I trust this information is of assistance.  

Constituency Question: Footscray Learning Precinct

Mr NOONAN (Williamstown) (12:51:46) — (13 999) Today my question is to the Minister for Education and it concerns the Footscray learning precinct. As the minister will be well aware, the member for Footscray and I have worked for many years to build support for a new education precinct to be developed in the Footscray-Seddon area to deliver groundbreaking preschool-to-postgraduate education facilities and pathways. Much work has now been done on the concept and structure for this precinct and the community has been consulted widely. My question to the minister concerns the new secondary school facility to be built on Pilgrim Street, and I ask specifically: what progress has been made to secure the site?   Hon James MERLINO MP (Minister for Education) The Premier and I visited John Henry Primary School on 13 March to announce a $236.8 million investment to purchase land for 14 new school sites across Victoria. One of the sites to receive funding as part of this announcement was for the new Seddon Campus of the Footscray Learning Precinct. This funding announcement is a significant milestone for your community and I congratulate you for your strong advocacy, over a very long time, to see a secondary school delivered in this part of your electorate. The proposed site for the Footscray Learning Precinct junior secondary college in Seddon has a number of different landowners, including a parcel of land already in the ownership of the Department of Education and Training. The Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) has initiated conversations with a number of stakeholders, including Maribyrnong City Council, VicTrack and Victoria University. The VSBA is working to secure the entire site as quickly as possible. It is envisaged that ownership of the different land parcels will be secured progressively throughout 2018. I trust this information is of assistance.  

Constituency Question: Seaworks Maritime Precinct

Mr NOONAN (Williamstown) (12:52:35) — (14 083) My question today is for the Minister for Ports and it concerns the upgrades to Seaworks Maritime Precinct in Williamstown. As the minister will be aware, the Andrews Labor government has committed $3 million to provide much-needed upgrades and new facilities for the site, which already attracts more than 100 000 visitors per year. This work would transform the site to allow more activities, exhibitions and events for the local community. Can the minister provide a full outline of what specific improvements will be made to this site as a result of the $3 million investment? Hon Luke DONNELLAN (Minister for Ports) I thank the Member for his question. The funding is being used for the Stage 1A redevelopment of the Seaworks Maritime Precinct, the first stage of a broader masterplan for this maritime precinct. This initial stage includes:  Construction of a new external amenities block for the use of all staff and visitors to the precinct; Upgrades of the Nelson Place and rear building facades; Preliminary works to allow for building infrastructure upgrades, including asbestos removal, demolition and repair works, and provision of electrical and other services; Upgrades to the internal building spaces (both lower and upper levels), and event space; and Construction of the mezzanine and upper floor areas. This project is expected to attract greater business opportunities for the Maritime Precinct's indoor and outdoor event spaces, and improve accessibility to the Maritime Precinct spaces. Stage 1A works are currently progressing well and are on track to be completed by the end of June 2018.

Constituency Question: Seaworks Maritime Precinct

Mr NOONAN (Williamstown) (12:52:35) — (14 083) My question today is for the Minister for Ports and it concerns the upgrades to Seaworks Maritime Precinct in Williamstown. As the minister will be aware, the Andrews Labor government has committed $3 million to provide much-needed upgrades and new facilities for the site, which already attracts more than 100 000 visitors per year. This work would transform the site to allow more activities, exhibitions and events for the local community. Can the minister provide a full outline of what specific improvements will be made to this site as a result of the $3 million investment? Hon Luke DONNELLAN (Minister for Ports) I thank the Member for his question. The funding is being used for the Stage 1A redevelopment of the Seaworks Maritime Precinct, the first stage of a broader masterplan for this maritime precinct. This initial stage includes:  Construction of a new external amenities block for the use of all staff and visitors to the precinct; Upgrades of the Nelson Place and rear building facades; Preliminary works to allow for building infrastructure upgrades, including asbestos removal, demolition and repair works, and provision of electrical and other services; Upgrades to the internal building spaces (both lower and upper levels), and event space; and Construction of the mezzanine and upper floor areas. This project is expected to attract greater business opportunities for the Maritime Precinct's indoor and outdoor event spaces, and improve accessibility to the Maritime Precinct spaces. Stage 1A works are currently progressing well and are on track to be completed by the end of June 2018.

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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.