Wade Noonan, State Member for Williamstown

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  • About Wade

    Wade was elected to the Victorian Parliament to represent the seat of Williamstown district in September 2007, following the retirement of long serving Victorian Premier and Williamstown MP, Steve Bracks. Wade currently lives in Williamstown with his wife and two children, making him the fourth generation of his family to live in Melbourne’s inner west.

  • Williamstown

    The provenance of the electoral district of Williamstown extends back to the establishment of the first free and independent Victorian Parliament in 1856.

  • West Gate Distributor

    Local communities in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs have long been suffering from the influx of trucks travelling through their suburban and business districts. To address this, the Andrews Labor Government has made the West Gate Distributor project one of its top priorities in Project 10,000.

  • Sky High and the Education Precinct

    The Andrews Labor Government has committed $15 million in order to build a pre-school to tertiary education precinct in the inner west.

  • Investing in Local High Schools

    The Andrews Labor Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in our local schools.

  • About Wade

    Wade was elected to the Victorian Parliament to represent the seat of Williamstown district in September 2007, following the retirement of long serving Victorian Premier and Williamstown MP, Steve Bracks. Wade currently lives in Williamstown with his wife and two children, making him the fourth generation of his family to live in Melbourne’s inner west.

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Condolences: Hon. Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC – 9 June 2015

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Police) — It is with a heavy heart that I join this condolence motion in honour of my friend Joan Kirner. In 2007 when I was in a three-way contest to become Labor's candidate to replace Steve Bracks in the seat of Williamstown, I took a call from the great Joan Kirner. Up until that point I had never spoken to Joan, so my first thought was, 'Oh' — I probably cannot use this word in Parliament, so I will not, but it sounds like 'sit'! — 'It's Joan Kirner. Stay calm'. Up until that point Joan to me was as close as you could get to royalty, a person whose legend had grown by the year. So the phone call went something like this: 'Hello, Wade, it's Joan Kirner here'. After an awkward second of silence I tried to confidently respond with, 'Hello, Joan, how are you?', like we were long lost friends. Joan's response was, 'I am ringing to let you know that I'm voting for Rondah and not you'. It was followed by, 'You'd expect me to vote for a woman'. Again, after an awkward pause from me, my response was, 'Yes, I thought you might vote for Rondah', as I suddenly felt overwhelmed and deflated at the same time. But it was Joan's next question that has stayed with me, for Joan asked me what my views were about respecting a woman's right to make choices about their own health, and the forthcoming debate in the Parliament to reform the state's abortion laws. When I responded positively to Joan's question, I think it is fair to say that our relationship was cemented. It was in that moment, and through that conversation, that I realised how critical it would be for men to speak up and take a stand on issues of equality and fairness for women. I have never forgotten that lesson. Joan was a great teacher. Joan was also a woman of firsts. She was the first — and so far only — woman to become Premier of this state. Many Victorians have praised her compassion and strength. They have praised her intelligence and the hard work she did to make a fairer Victoria. She deserves all these accolades and more. But to us, the people of Williamstown and the west, she was also our favourite daughter. She was the first woman to represent us in the seat of Williamstown for six years between 1988 and 1994. This came after her time representing Melbourne West Province in the upper house between 1982 and 1988. Joan chased hard after the things that mattered, whether she was in the parents group or in the Premier's office. She used her public life for a purpose, to make a change for the better. She knew the power of a good education, and devoted much of her life to social justice and gender inequality. Joan inherited a perfect political storm when she became Premier in 1990. But she pushed on, and in doing so she revealed herself to be a leader prepared to take on the toughest of jobs. She never once had an armchair ride. She leaves us a clear political legacy — the nine highly capable women in the Andrews Labor government cabinet. She inspired people to follow her, and then to follow their own dreams. But her legacy continues in her former seat of Williamstown as well. After her bruising time as Premier was over and for the short time she was opposition leader, she led a community campaign to save the Williamstown railway line. She used her considerable influence to rally the locals. She took the fight straight back here to Spring Street where she prevailed. Put simply, the line would not be here if it was not for Joan Kirner. Joan was also instrumental in the establishment of Scienceworks and Victoria University, two wonderful learning institutions in Melbourne's west. After she left Spring Street politics — because she never left politics altogether — she worked tirelessly to save the Yarraville Community Centre on Francis Street. She used her exceptional talent for persuasion to win substantial funds from local, state and federal governments to help keep this magnificent building in public hands, and importantly in public use. In more recent times I was able to work closely with Joan and Shelley Penn to prepare a planning submission opposing the overdevelopment of an old industrial site in the south Williamstown area, which the Leader of the Opposition would be familiar with. As Joan put it, Williamstown deserved a development that enhanced our community, and she was right. Beyond politics, Joan was warm and engaging. She understood people and knew how to draw the best out of them. Joan always greeted people by name, listened to their stories and was generous with her time. She never had to work a room or network, because people simply lined up to speak to her. My strongest memories of Joan are like polaroids in my head: a series of moments captured over the years. At events I attended with Joan countless women approached her, often with their daughters in tow, to tell her about the enormous influence she had had on their lives. She was always gracious and humble. That kind of legacy beats a statue any day. Joan had a lighter side too. She had a cheeky sense of humour. I recall that during last year's state election my campaign team erected one of my head-shot signs on a garden stake in Joan and Ron's front yard. The sign was hammered into the ground gun-barrel straight. A number of days later whilst passing Joan and Ron's place I noticed that the sign had been heavily tilted to the left. I thought that was odd. When a visiting journalist suggested to Joan that she may have given the sign a nudge to the left, she smiled and said, 'I think the wind did it'. After the election Joan did finally confess to her crime, at which point I reminded her that I was the new Minister for Corrections. Again she smiled. Our friendship had come a long way since that first phone call. Joan was a tremendous supporter and an inspiration to me. I am extremely fortunate to have known Joan Kirner and will miss her dearly. I too offer my deep condolences to Joan's husband, Ron — a great supporter — to their children, Michael, Kate and David, and to the rest of the Kirner family. May she rest in peace.

Condolences: Hon. Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC – 9 June 2015

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Police) — It is with a heavy heart that I join this condolence motion in honour of my friend Joan Kirner. In 2007 when I was in a three-way contest to become Labor's candidate to replace Steve Bracks in the seat of Williamstown, I took a call from the great Joan Kirner. Up until that point I had never spoken to Joan, so my first thought was, 'Oh' — I probably cannot use this word in Parliament, so I will not, but it sounds like 'sit'! — 'It's Joan Kirner. Stay calm'. Up until that point Joan to me was as close as you could get to royalty, a person whose legend had grown by the year. So the phone call went something like this: 'Hello, Wade, it's Joan Kirner here'. After an awkward second of silence I tried to confidently respond with, 'Hello, Joan, how are you?', like we were long lost friends. Joan's response was, 'I am ringing to let you know that I'm voting for Rondah and not you'. It was followed by, 'You'd expect me to vote for a woman'. Again, after an awkward pause from me, my response was, 'Yes, I thought you might vote for Rondah', as I suddenly felt overwhelmed and deflated at the same time. But it was Joan's next question that has stayed with me, for Joan asked me what my views were about respecting a woman's right to make choices about their own health, and the forthcoming debate in the Parliament to reform the state's abortion laws. When I responded positively to Joan's question, I think it is fair to say that our relationship was cemented. It was in that moment, and through that conversation, that I realised how critical it would be for men to speak up and take a stand on issues of equality and fairness for women. I have never forgotten that lesson. Joan was a great teacher. Joan was also a woman of firsts. She was the first — and so far only — woman to become Premier of this state. Many Victorians have praised her compassion and strength. They have praised her intelligence and the hard work she did to make a fairer Victoria. She deserves all these accolades and more. But to us, the people of Williamstown and the west, she was also our favourite daughter. She was the first woman to represent us in the seat of Williamstown for six years between 1988 and 1994. This came after her time representing Melbourne West Province in the upper house between 1982 and 1988. Joan chased hard after the things that mattered, whether she was in the parents group or in the Premier's office. She used her public life for a purpose, to make a change for the better. She knew the power of a good education, and devoted much of her life to social justice and gender inequality. Joan inherited a perfect political storm when she became Premier in 1990. But she pushed on, and in doing so she revealed herself to be a leader prepared to take on the toughest of jobs. She never once had an armchair ride. She leaves us a clear political legacy — the nine highly capable women in the Andrews Labor government cabinet. She inspired people to follow her, and then to follow their own dreams. But her legacy continues in her former seat of Williamstown as well. After her bruising time as Premier was over and for the short time she was opposition leader, she led a community campaign to save the Williamstown railway line. She used her considerable influence to rally the locals. She took the fight straight back here to Spring Street where she prevailed. Put simply, the line would not be here if it was not for Joan Kirner. Joan was also instrumental in the establishment of Scienceworks and Victoria University, two wonderful learning institutions in Melbourne's west. After she left Spring Street politics — because she never left politics altogether — she worked tirelessly to save the Yarraville Community Centre on Francis Street. She used her exceptional talent for persuasion to win substantial funds from local, state and federal governments to help keep this magnificent building in public hands, and importantly in public use. In more recent times I was able to work closely with Joan and Shelley Penn to prepare a planning submission opposing the overdevelopment of an old industrial site in the south Williamstown area, which the Leader of the Opposition would be familiar with. As Joan put it, Williamstown deserved a development that enhanced our community, and she was right. Beyond politics, Joan was warm and engaging. She understood people and knew how to draw the best out of them. Joan always greeted people by name, listened to their stories and was generous with her time. She never had to work a room or network, because people simply lined up to speak to her. My strongest memories of Joan are like polaroids in my head: a series of moments captured over the years. At events I attended with Joan countless women approached her, often with their daughters in tow, to tell her about the enormous influence she had had on their lives. She was always gracious and humble. That kind of legacy beats a statue any day. Joan had a lighter side too. She had a cheeky sense of humour. I recall that during last year's state election my campaign team erected one of my head-shot signs on a garden stake in Joan and Ron's front yard. The sign was hammered into the ground gun-barrel straight. A number of days later whilst passing Joan and Ron's place I noticed that the sign had been heavily tilted to the left. I thought that was odd. When a visiting journalist suggested to Joan that she may have given the sign a nudge to the left, she smiled and said, 'I think the wind did it'. After the election Joan did finally confess to her crime, at which point I reminded her that I was the new Minister for Corrections. Again she smiled. Our friendship had come a long way since that first phone call. Joan was a tremendous supporter and an inspiration to me. I am extremely fortunate to have known Joan Kirner and will miss her dearly. I too offer my deep condolences to Joan's husband, Ron — a great supporter — to their children, Michael, Kate and David, and to the rest of the Kirner family. May she rest in peace.

MONEY FOR CONFIDENCE GIVEN TO YARRAVILLE WEST PRIMARY

Yarraville West Primary School will receive an extra $3,500 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Building Resilience in School Communities Grants program, which aims to boost the confidence of young people in our local schools The funding was announced earlier this week by Minister for Education, James Merlino, and will be used to partner local schools with specialised services to conduct a survey that measures students’ resilience, wellbeing, optimism, confidence and social and emotional skills. Yarraville West was one of only 117 schools to receive the funding, which totals over $400,000. Wade Noonan MP, State Member for Williamstown, welcomed the funding as a catalyst for growing confidence and resilience in young people which will lead to better results in school. Support will be provided to all the recipients of the funding to help measure the effectiveness of their strategies and interventions in a year’s time. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan   “This is a smart way to help young people feel comfortable, confident and ready to learn.” “It’s great to see our local schools help to provide a catalyst for building confidence and resilience in our kids.”   “I look forward to seeing how this funding will help build the schools education strategies for the future.”

MONEY FOR CONFIDENCE GIVEN TO YARRAVILLE WEST PRIMARY

Yarraville West Primary School will receive an extra $3,500 from the Andrews Labor Government’s Building Resilience in School Communities Grants program, which aims to boost the confidence of young people in our local schools The funding was announced earlier this week by Minister for Education, James Merlino, and will be used to partner local schools with specialised services to conduct a survey that measures students’ resilience, wellbeing, optimism, confidence and social and emotional skills. Yarraville West was one of only 117 schools to receive the funding, which totals over $400,000. Wade Noonan MP, State Member for Williamstown, welcomed the funding as a catalyst for growing confidence and resilience in young people which will lead to better results in school. Support will be provided to all the recipients of the funding to help measure the effectiveness of their strategies and interventions in a year’s time. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan   “This is a smart way to help young people feel comfortable, confident and ready to learn.” “It’s great to see our local schools help to provide a catalyst for building confidence and resilience in our kids.”   “I look forward to seeing how this funding will help build the schools education strategies for the future.”

HOBSONS BAY YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES FIGHT FAMILY VIOLENCE

Wade Noonan MP, the State Member for Williamstown, hosted a round table discussion today with the new representatives of the Hobsons Bay Youth Parliament Team to talk about the issues facing Melbourne’s west. Mr Noonan joined Gabi Duke (16), Hue Man Dang (17), Jes Evans (16), Emma Jansen (17), Will McKenzie (16) and Jonathan Sahhar (17) in his office to discuss youth leadership and the value of public service. The Youth Parliament team, comprised of young people from around the Williamstown electorate, will join hundreds of young Victorians taking over Parliament House next week. The Hobsons Bay Youth Parliament Team will be presenting a Bill they have prepared themselves, aimed at educating and equipping High School students with the skills to tackle the spread of family violence. The idea for this Bill arose from a meeting held during National Youth Week this year, where young leaders from Williamstown talked with Mr Noonan about the effect of family violence on young people. Mr Noonan will be the acting Speaker of the Parliament next week when the Youth Parliamentarians take their seat in the chambers. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan   “Youth Parliament gives us an opportunity to hear about the issues facing young people in Victoria.” “Hobsons Bay has a vibrant youth culture and it’s important that they have a voice in their community.” “It’s wonderful to see our youth taking the number one community safety issue up in our Parliament.” “We are fortunate to have many talented young people in Hobsons Bay.”  

HOBSONS BAY YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES FIGHT FAMILY VIOLENCE

Wade Noonan MP, the State Member for Williamstown, hosted a round table discussion today with the new representatives of the Hobsons Bay Youth Parliament Team to talk about the issues facing Melbourne’s west. Mr Noonan joined Gabi Duke (16), Hue Man Dang (17), Jes Evans (16), Emma Jansen (17), Will McKenzie (16) and Jonathan Sahhar (17) in his office to discuss youth leadership and the value of public service. The Youth Parliament team, comprised of young people from around the Williamstown electorate, will join hundreds of young Victorians taking over Parliament House next week. The Hobsons Bay Youth Parliament Team will be presenting a Bill they have prepared themselves, aimed at educating and equipping High School students with the skills to tackle the spread of family violence. The idea for this Bill arose from a meeting held during National Youth Week this year, where young leaders from Williamstown talked with Mr Noonan about the effect of family violence on young people. Mr Noonan will be the acting Speaker of the Parliament next week when the Youth Parliamentarians take their seat in the chambers. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan   “Youth Parliament gives us an opportunity to hear about the issues facing young people in Victoria.” “Hobsons Bay has a vibrant youth culture and it’s important that they have a voice in their community.” “It’s wonderful to see our youth taking the number one community safety issue up in our Parliament.” “We are fortunate to have many talented young people in Hobsons Bay.”  

State Government introduces promised mandatory height limits at Port Phillip Woollen Mills – Hobsons Bay Leader

THE State Government has kept its election promise to introduce mandatory height controls on the controversial Port Phillip Woollen Mills development in Williamstown. Planning Minister Richard Wynne today approved a planning scheme amendment for the site that means apartment heights will be limited to 25m and the developer forced to contribute to local infrastructure. The amendment applies to the 60 per cent of the site not yet developed. Evolve Developments recently sold the development site to AVJennings for $350 million, with a plan to build up to 850 dwellings, including townhouses and a 10m apartment tower. The amendment essentially put into force the recommendations of an advisory committee set up to assess the development. The committee received 146 submissions on how the land should be used but the committee’s recommendations that height be limited, industrial heritage on the site be preserved and that the developer contribute to local infrastructure were not enforced by the then Planning Minister Matthew Guy. Williamstown MP Wade Noonan said the announcement was a victory for commonsense. “Finally, the people of Williamstown have certainty and it’s thanks to their efforts, along with Hobsons Bay Council, who have advocated for the good of their neighbourhood,’’ he said. Hobsons Bay Councillor Angela Altair said a developer contribution was crucial as the development would add hundreds of new residents to Williamstown and place huge pressure on roads and schools. She thanked the Government and council staff for putting the amendment into force so quickly. “This amendment will also ensure the developer contributes to the cost of upgrading community infrastructure to help us cope with the boost to the population,’’ Cr Altair said. “We also have to thank the people of Williamstown for keeping up the pressure.”

State Government introduces promised mandatory height limits at Port Phillip Woollen Mills – Hobsons Bay Leader

THE State Government has kept its election promise to introduce mandatory height controls on the controversial Port Phillip Woollen Mills development in Williamstown. Planning Minister Richard Wynne today approved a planning scheme amendment for the site that means apartment heights will be limited to 25m and the developer forced to contribute to local infrastructure. The amendment applies to the 60 per cent of the site not yet developed. Evolve Developments recently sold the development site to AVJennings for $350 million, with a plan to build up to 850 dwellings, including townhouses and a 10m apartment tower. The amendment essentially put into force the recommendations of an advisory committee set up to assess the development. The committee received 146 submissions on how the land should be used but the committee’s recommendations that height be limited, industrial heritage on the site be preserved and that the developer contribute to local infrastructure were not enforced by the then Planning Minister Matthew Guy. Williamstown MP Wade Noonan said the announcement was a victory for commonsense. “Finally, the people of Williamstown have certainty and it’s thanks to their efforts, along with Hobsons Bay Council, who have advocated for the good of their neighbourhood,’’ he said. Hobsons Bay Councillor Angela Altair said a developer contribution was crucial as the development would add hundreds of new residents to Williamstown and place huge pressure on roads and schools. She thanked the Government and council staff for putting the amendment into force so quickly. “This amendment will also ensure the developer contributes to the cost of upgrading community infrastructure to help us cope with the boost to the population,’’ Cr Altair said. “We also have to thank the people of Williamstown for keeping up the pressure.”

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Investing in Local High Schools

The Andrews Labor Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in local schools. Following on from our election commitment, Williamstown High School has received $500,000 towards the construction of a new Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, while Bayside College has received $300,000 to upgrade the technical wing at the Williamstown campus. These investments formed part of the first Andrews Labor budget, and continue the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools.

Investing in Local High Schools

The Andrews Labor Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in local schools. Following on from our election commitment, Williamstown High School has received $500,000 towards the construction of a new Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, while Bayside College has received $300,000 to upgrade the technical wing at the Williamstown campus. These investments formed part of the first Andrews Labor budget, and continue the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools.

SKY High and the Education Precinct

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

SKY High and the Education Precinct

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

Port Phillip Woollen Mills site

Over the past few years, local residents of Williamstown have been campaigning against the development of a series of high rise properties on the Port Phillip Woollen Mills site at the end of Nelson’s Place. This immediately followed a decision by Matthew Guy, the former Planning Minister, to approve a new planning scheme overlay that sanctioned the construction of the high rise development without any consultation with the local community or the local council. On the 24 February 2015, the Hobsons Bay City Council voted unanimously to approve the Planning Scheme Amendments which would limit any development on the Woollen Mills site to 25 metres. This was the original recommendation by the Port Phillip Woollen Mill Advisory Committee Report, commissioned but then not adopted by former Minister Guy. The Minister for Planning in the Andrews Labor Government, Richard Wynne, has now approved the planning scheme amendment keeping any development to a maximum of 25 metres over 60% of the area. The planning scheme also introduces a development contributions plan overlay for new local infrastructure and requires a coastal hazard vulnerability assessment. The amendment will come into effect when notice of its approval is published in the Victorian Government Gazette This is a victory for common sense in Williamstown as well as the wider Williamstown community who have fought hard for this outcome.

Port Phillip Woollen Mills site

Over the past few years, local residents of Williamstown have been campaigning against the development of a series of high rise properties on the Port Phillip Woollen Mills site at the end of Nelson’s Place. This immediately followed a decision by Matthew Guy, the former Planning Minister, to approve a new planning scheme overlay that sanctioned the construction of the high rise development without any consultation with the local community or the local council. On the 24 February 2015, the Hobsons Bay City Council voted unanimously to approve the Planning Scheme Amendments which would limit any development on the Woollen Mills site to 25 metres. This was the original recommendation by the Port Phillip Woollen Mill Advisory Committee Report, commissioned but then not adopted by former Minister Guy. The Minister for Planning in the Andrews Labor Government, Richard Wynne, has now approved the planning scheme amendment keeping any development to a maximum of 25 metres over 60% of the area. The planning scheme also introduces a development contributions plan overlay for new local infrastructure and requires a coastal hazard vulnerability assessment. The amendment will come into effect when notice of its approval is published in the Victorian Government Gazette This is a victory for common sense in Williamstown as well as the wider Williamstown community who have fought hard for this outcome.

West Gate Distributor

Local communities in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs have long been suffering from the influx of trucks travelling through their suburban and business districts. To address this, the Andrews Labor Government has made the West Gate Distributor project one of its top priorities in Project 10,000. The first stage of the development includes the widening of Moreland Street to provide a four lane divided road, along with an upgraded connection to Footscray Road. Shepherds Bridge, running over the Maribyrnong River, will also be widened and strengthened. New signalised intersections will also be placed at Footscray Road, Parker Street and Whitehall Street. On the 29th January 2015 VicRoads also implemented a new truck curfew in Moore Street, Footscray, and additional truck curfews during school hours on Somerville Road, Yarraville, in order to enhance the benefits of the project. This project will increase the liveability of the inner west as well as improve the safety of our local roads.

West Gate Distributor

Local communities in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs have long been suffering from the influx of trucks travelling through their suburban and business districts. To address this, the Andrews Labor Government has made the West Gate Distributor project one of its top priorities in Project 10,000. The first stage of the development includes the widening of Moreland Street to provide a four lane divided road, along with an upgraded connection to Footscray Road. Shepherds Bridge, running over the Maribyrnong River, will also be widened and strengthened. New signalised intersections will also be placed at Footscray Road, Parker Street and Whitehall Street. On the 29th January 2015 VicRoads also implemented a new truck curfew in Moore Street, Footscray, and additional truck curfews during school hours on Somerville Road, Yarraville, in order to enhance the benefits of the project. This project will increase the liveability of the inner west as well as improve the safety of our local roads.