• 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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Members Statement: Vale Gerry Callahan

I rise to pay tribute to one of Williamstown’s most legendary and revered figures in Gerry Callahan, who passed away peacefully last month, aged 89. Gerry Callahan, as a player and coach, is without peer at the mighty Williamstown Football Club. His honours are extraordinary, including captaining five premierships in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1959 as a player, and serving as captain-coach in the '58 and '59 premiership years. Gerry played 171 games in total, and won the club’s Best and Fairest on two occasions, in 1951 and 1957. He also coached the side for a total of ten years between 1958 and 1967. Gerry played and coach the VFA in interstate football, and was selected at Centre Half Back and named Captain of the Williamstown Team of the Century. Williamstown’s Best and Fairest is named the “Gerry Callahan Medal” in honour of a bloke that most affectionately knew as “The Monster”. On his passing, former President of the Club, Tony Hannebury summed Gerry Callahan up magnificently by saying: “He led by example and men followed.” He was a hulking man with a big heart and extraordinary charisma. I was so fortunate to meet Gerry and his wife Peggy at many club functions. They greeted me warmly and always made me feel good about my contribution to their beloved Club. As the Member for Williamstown, I salute Gerry’s contribution to our proud community – he will always be remembered as one Williamstown’s favourite sons. Vale Gerry Callahan.

Members Statement: Vale Gerry Callahan

I rise to pay tribute to one of Williamstown’s most legendary and revered figures in Gerry Callahan, who passed away peacefully last month, aged 89. Gerry Callahan, as a player and coach, is without peer at the mighty Williamstown Football Club. His honours are extraordinary, including captaining five premierships in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1959 as a player, and serving as captain-coach in the '58 and '59 premiership years. Gerry played 171 games in total, and won the club’s Best and Fairest on two occasions, in 1951 and 1957. He also coached the side for a total of ten years between 1958 and 1967. Gerry played and coach the VFA in interstate football, and was selected at Centre Half Back and named Captain of the Williamstown Team of the Century. Williamstown’s Best and Fairest is named the “Gerry Callahan Medal” in honour of a bloke that most affectionately knew as “The Monster”. On his passing, former President of the Club, Tony Hannebury summed Gerry Callahan up magnificently by saying: “He led by example and men followed.” He was a hulking man with a big heart and extraordinary charisma. I was so fortunate to meet Gerry and his wife Peggy at many club functions. They greeted me warmly and always made me feel good about my contribution to their beloved Club. As the Member for Williamstown, I salute Gerry’s contribution to our proud community – he will always be remembered as one Williamstown’s favourite sons. Vale Gerry Callahan.

ALTONA NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE COMPLETED

Vital maintenance works to replace cracked and damaged exterior cladding have now been completed at Altona North Primary School. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP, and Labor’s Candidate for Williamstown, Melissa Horne met School Principal, Robyn Gregson today to inspect the building works. Old concrete and stone cladding on the school’s two main buildings started to crack last year, and temporary fencing had to be installed to maintain safety. Some small play areas were also fenced off to protect students and staff. Late last year the Andrews Labor Government provided a grant of $198,000 to Altona North Primary School to cover the removal and replacement of the old cladding. This investment and upgrade at Altona North Primary School is part of a record $2.8 billion investment by the Andrews Government to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools. The school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Sadly, under the previous Liberal Napthine Government, not one school in the Williamstown Electorate received funding to deliver vital building upgrade works. Since 2014, the following schools have received vital infrastructure funds: Altona North Primary School - $198,000 to replace exterior cladding on the school’s two main buildings; Bayside College P-12 (Williamstown Campus) - $300,000 to upgrade the technical wing, and $1.2m to extend the sports pavilion; Bayside College P-12 (Newport Campus) - $900,000 to construct a new sports oval, with lights, and upgraded change-room facilities; Williamstown High School - $500,000 for stage one of the performing arts theatre; and $200,000 to deliver vital maintenance work in the administrative building; Spotswood Primary School - $1.4m to upgrade the school’s learning spaces; Newport Lakes Primary School - $3m to rebuild half the school’s classrooms and deliver a new gymnasium; Footscray Learning Precinct (Seddon Campus) - $29.3m to build a new vertical secondary school which will open in 2021. Only Labor Governments will make the necessary investments in education to ensure every student gets the proper education that they deserve. Quotes from Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “These works at Altona North Primary School will keep students and staff safe and refresh the look of the school.” “Since being elected in 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has invested almost $37 million to upgrade, replace and deliver new school buildings in the Williamstown Electorate.” “This is about making sure every child has every chance to succeed. That means world-class buildings and classrooms to match world-class teaching.” Media contact: Claire Rowe/Sam Hayward – 9399 9022

ALTONA NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL UPGRADE COMPLETED

Vital maintenance works to replace cracked and damaged exterior cladding have now been completed at Altona North Primary School. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP, and Labor’s Candidate for Williamstown, Melissa Horne met School Principal, Robyn Gregson today to inspect the building works. Old concrete and stone cladding on the school’s two main buildings started to crack last year, and temporary fencing had to be installed to maintain safety. Some small play areas were also fenced off to protect students and staff. Late last year the Andrews Labor Government provided a grant of $198,000 to Altona North Primary School to cover the removal and replacement of the old cladding. This investment and upgrade at Altona North Primary School is part of a record $2.8 billion investment by the Andrews Government to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools. The school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Sadly, under the previous Liberal Napthine Government, not one school in the Williamstown Electorate received funding to deliver vital building upgrade works. Since 2014, the following schools have received vital infrastructure funds: Altona North Primary School - $198,000 to replace exterior cladding on the school’s two main buildings; Bayside College P-12 (Williamstown Campus) - $300,000 to upgrade the technical wing, and $1.2m to extend the sports pavilion; Bayside College P-12 (Newport Campus) - $900,000 to construct a new sports oval, with lights, and upgraded change-room facilities; Williamstown High School - $500,000 for stage one of the performing arts theatre; and $200,000 to deliver vital maintenance work in the administrative building; Spotswood Primary School - $1.4m to upgrade the school’s learning spaces; Newport Lakes Primary School - $3m to rebuild half the school’s classrooms and deliver a new gymnasium; Footscray Learning Precinct (Seddon Campus) - $29.3m to build a new vertical secondary school which will open in 2021. Only Labor Governments will make the necessary investments in education to ensure every student gets the proper education that they deserve. Quotes from Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “These works at Altona North Primary School will keep students and staff safe and refresh the look of the school.” “Since being elected in 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has invested almost $37 million to upgrade, replace and deliver new school buildings in the Williamstown Electorate.” “This is about making sure every child has every chance to succeed. That means world-class buildings and classrooms to match world-class teaching.” Media contact: Claire Rowe/Sam Hayward – 9399 9022

GETTING THINGS DONE INCLUDING A NEW SCHOOL FOR WILLIAMSTOWN ELECTORATE

Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will deliver new skills, good jobs, more schools and better roads for every Victorian. Local families in Williamstown and Melbourne’s west will have good schools close to home, with nearly $1.3 billion invested in schools around the state. This includes building and planning 28 new schools, and upgrading 130 existing schools. Locally, this will see funding to acquire land for the Footscray Learning Precinct’s Seddon Secondary Campus. An additional $29.3 million from the Andrews Labor Government has also been allocated to build the new school. This is the single largest allocation to an education project in the Williamstown electorate ever. Other State Budget highlights to benefit the Williamstown Electorate include: $900,000 to build a new football/cricket oval with lights and improved change-rooms at Bayside College’s Newport Campus; $1.2m towards a pavilion extension which will include 4 new change-rooms at Bayside College’s Williamstown Campus; $29.3m to build a new junior secondary school in Seddon as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct (as mentioned above); Additional hours funding for Spotswood Community House and Walker Close & Brooklyn Hall Association as part of the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program; Williamstown’s two public housing towers will share in $22.4m to install smoke detectors, sprinklers and smoke separation barriers in common areas of the high rise towers; Melbourne’s west and Williamstown constituents will also benefit from: $29.6m to build a new emergency department at Sunshine Hospital; 30,000 new TAFE places with 30 priority courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses to be made free from January 2019. Melbourne’s west has very high participation rates in TAFE courses. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “The Liberals closed our high school in Yarraville back in the 1990s, but we’re going to build a new one.” “I couldn’t be prouder to see a new school being built in Seddon. It’s the culmination of years and years of effort, and now it’s being delivered for local families.” “This budget is Labor at its best, building new schools, investing in key services, and ensuring that Melbourne’s west benefits whenever we’re in government.”  

GETTING THINGS DONE INCLUDING A NEW SCHOOL FOR WILLIAMSTOWN ELECTORATE

Tuesday 1 May 2018 The Victorian Budget 2018/19 will deliver new skills, good jobs, more schools and better roads for every Victorian. Local families in Williamstown and Melbourne’s west will have good schools close to home, with nearly $1.3 billion invested in schools around the state. This includes building and planning 28 new schools, and upgrading 130 existing schools. Locally, this will see funding to acquire land for the Footscray Learning Precinct’s Seddon Secondary Campus. An additional $29.3 million from the Andrews Labor Government has also been allocated to build the new school. This is the single largest allocation to an education project in the Williamstown electorate ever. Other State Budget highlights to benefit the Williamstown Electorate include: $900,000 to build a new football/cricket oval with lights and improved change-rooms at Bayside College’s Newport Campus; $1.2m towards a pavilion extension which will include 4 new change-rooms at Bayside College’s Williamstown Campus; $29.3m to build a new junior secondary school in Seddon as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct (as mentioned above); Additional hours funding for Spotswood Community House and Walker Close & Brooklyn Hall Association as part of the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program; Williamstown’s two public housing towers will share in $22.4m to install smoke detectors, sprinklers and smoke separation barriers in common areas of the high rise towers; Melbourne’s west and Williamstown constituents will also benefit from: $29.6m to build a new emergency department at Sunshine Hospital; 30,000 new TAFE places with 30 priority courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses to be made free from January 2019. Melbourne’s west has very high participation rates in TAFE courses. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “The Liberals closed our high school in Yarraville back in the 1990s, but we’re going to build a new one.” “I couldn’t be prouder to see a new school being built in Seddon. It’s the culmination of years and years of effort, and now it’s being delivered for local families.” “This budget is Labor at its best, building new schools, investing in key services, and ensuring that Melbourne’s west benefits whenever we’re in government.”  

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.”   

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.