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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MEMBERS STATEMENT: Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, in Victoria Police

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Police): Today’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment, discrimination, and predatory behaviour inside Victoria Police is confronting and saddening. The report shines a light on a deep-set culture of hostility towards women in Victoria Police that has eroded the lives and careers of many sworn officers and public servants. It reveals patterns of behaviours by many men that are founded upon an intrinsic lack of respect for women. It’s not a ``few bad apples’’. It is an endemic inequality of power. I hope the truth of this report and the change it will inspire will take away the reluctance, or even fear, that some women have felt in making a complaint. Their experiences have been validated. They are real. They happened. Most policemen respect women. Many have challenged sexism, sometimes to their cost. I have every confidence that under the leadership of the Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton police will do what is necessary to change the culture of disrespect. He has accepted all of the recommendations in the report and the government will support him in delivering on those recommendations Police have already started down this road by establishing Taskforce Salus, creating and independent safe space for victims to access confidential support, and a workplace harm unit to examine complaints. Finally, I want to commend the courageous women and men who told their stories and the others who could no longer stand by. It is you who have allowed change to begin.  

MEMBERS STATEMENT: Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, in Victoria Police

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Police): Today’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report into sexual harassment, discrimination, and predatory behaviour inside Victoria Police is confronting and saddening. The report shines a light on a deep-set culture of hostility towards women in Victoria Police that has eroded the lives and careers of many sworn officers and public servants. It reveals patterns of behaviours by many men that are founded upon an intrinsic lack of respect for women. It’s not a ``few bad apples’’. It is an endemic inequality of power. I hope the truth of this report and the change it will inspire will take away the reluctance, or even fear, that some women have felt in making a complaint. Their experiences have been validated. They are real. They happened. Most policemen respect women. Many have challenged sexism, sometimes to their cost. I have every confidence that under the leadership of the Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton police will do what is necessary to change the culture of disrespect. He has accepted all of the recommendations in the report and the government will support him in delivering on those recommendations Police have already started down this road by establishing Taskforce Salus, creating and independent safe space for victims to access confidential support, and a workplace harm unit to examine complaints. Finally, I want to commend the courageous women and men who told their stories and the others who could no longer stand by. It is you who have allowed change to begin.  

NEW SECURE BIKE CAGE AT YARRAVILLE STATION NOW OPEN

Wade Noonan MP, the State Member for Williamstown, announced today that a new Parkiteer bicycle cage is now open for public use at Yarraville Station. The new cage is big enough for 26 bicycles and provides a secure place for commuters to lock their bike, making it safer and easier to ride to the station and jump on the train. The new bicycle facility was jointly funded by the Victorian Government and Maribyrnong City Council to encourage public transport use. The popularity of Parkiteer bicycle cages is soaring, with over 10,000 people now registered with Parkiteer cages across Victoria. The use of the secure Parkiteer bike cages is managed by Bicycle Network Victoria, and is free after paying a $50 fully refundable bond for the access card. To find your nearest station with a Parkiteer facility, or to register for a secure access card for the bike cages, go to parkiteer.com.au or call 1300 546 526. Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan "The new Parkiteer cage provides a secure place for people to park their bike at Yarraville Station, making it safer and easier to ride to the station and jump on the train." "The new cage is big enough for 26 bikes, providing a much needed boost to bike facilities at Yarraville Station."  

NEW SECURE BIKE CAGE AT YARRAVILLE STATION NOW OPEN

Wade Noonan MP, the State Member for Williamstown, announced today that a new Parkiteer bicycle cage is now open for public use at Yarraville Station. The new cage is big enough for 26 bicycles and provides a secure place for commuters to lock their bike, making it safer and easier to ride to the station and jump on the train. The new bicycle facility was jointly funded by the Victorian Government and Maribyrnong City Council to encourage public transport use. The popularity of Parkiteer bicycle cages is soaring, with over 10,000 people now registered with Parkiteer cages across Victoria. The use of the secure Parkiteer bike cages is managed by Bicycle Network Victoria, and is free after paying a $50 fully refundable bond for the access card. To find your nearest station with a Parkiteer facility, or to register for a secure access card for the bike cages, go to parkiteer.com.au or call 1300 546 526. Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan "The new Parkiteer cage provides a secure place for people to park their bike at Yarraville Station, making it safer and easier to ride to the station and jump on the train." "The new cage is big enough for 26 bikes, providing a much needed boost to bike facilities at Yarraville Station."  

WINNING UPGRADE AT NEWPORT OVAL

A new multisport facility has officially opened at Bryan Martyn Oval in Newport thanks to a partnership between the Victorian Government, the Hobsons Bay City Council and a number Newport’s local sporting clubs. Wade Noonan MP, the State Member for Williamstown, launched the upgraded facilities at an event on Friday with the Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Cr Peter Hemphill, and representatives from the Newport Digman Cricket Club, the Newport Power Netball Club and the Newport Power Junior Football Club. The new multisport facility includes six new cricket nets, a netball court and a three-on-three basketball court. The facility will also provide a shared training space for the cricket and netball clubs and will remain open for public use at all other times. The Victorian Government provided $70,000 for the new facility under its Community Facility Funding Program, while the Newport Digman Cricket and Newport Power Netball Club provided $40,000 and the Hobsons Bay City Council provided the remaining $120,000. The council is planning to install floodlighting at the facility to increase usage hours as a second stage to the project. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan "This is great news for the residents of Newport as well as the local sporting clubs who will both have access to these expanded facilities." "These clubs are the bedrock of our local community because are run by volunteers." "Bryan Martyn was a local giant of grassroots community sport, so it is fitting that his legend lives on through these facilities."  

WINNING UPGRADE AT NEWPORT OVAL

A new multisport facility has officially opened at Bryan Martyn Oval in Newport thanks to a partnership between the Victorian Government, the Hobsons Bay City Council and a number Newport’s local sporting clubs. Wade Noonan MP, the State Member for Williamstown, launched the upgraded facilities at an event on Friday with the Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Cr Peter Hemphill, and representatives from the Newport Digman Cricket Club, the Newport Power Netball Club and the Newport Power Junior Football Club. The new multisport facility includes six new cricket nets, a netball court and a three-on-three basketball court. The facility will also provide a shared training space for the cricket and netball clubs and will remain open for public use at all other times. The Victorian Government provided $70,000 for the new facility under its Community Facility Funding Program, while the Newport Digman Cricket and Newport Power Netball Club provided $40,000 and the Hobsons Bay City Council provided the remaining $120,000. The council is planning to install floodlighting at the facility to increase usage hours as a second stage to the project. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan "This is great news for the residents of Newport as well as the local sporting clubs who will both have access to these expanded facilities." "These clubs are the bedrock of our local community because are run by volunteers." "Bryan Martyn was a local giant of grassroots community sport, so it is fitting that his legend lives on through these facilities."  

KOROROIT CREEK ROAD LEVEL CROSSING AMONG NEXT TO GO

The Andrews Labor Government has announced that the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing near the Mobil Refinery is among the next four to be removed by 2019. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, welcomed the announcement, saying the removal of the level crossing would improve traffic flow and safety for the local community. In the last 10 years there have been a number of near misses at the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing, which is used by more than 40 buses, 100 trains and 20,000 vehicles every day. On average, the crossing is down 11 minutes during peak hour. The design for the project will be based on engagement with local residents, businesses, public transport commuters and road users to ensure the best outcome for the community. The community consultation process, and the tender process for the works, will begin next year and the crossing will be removed by 2019. For more information about the removal of the Kororoit Creek Level crossing, and 49 other dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan "This is great news for residents as it was will ease congestion and improve the safety of our roads." "The design of these crossings will be the subject of extensive consultation with the local council and the community." "This was an election commitment and we are delivering on that commitment."  

KOROROIT CREEK ROAD LEVEL CROSSING AMONG NEXT TO GO

The Andrews Labor Government has announced that the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing near the Mobil Refinery is among the next four to be removed by 2019. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, welcomed the announcement, saying the removal of the level crossing would improve traffic flow and safety for the local community. In the last 10 years there have been a number of near misses at the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing, which is used by more than 40 buses, 100 trains and 20,000 vehicles every day. On average, the crossing is down 11 minutes during peak hour. The design for the project will be based on engagement with local residents, businesses, public transport commuters and road users to ensure the best outcome for the community. The community consultation process, and the tender process for the works, will begin next year and the crossing will be removed by 2019. For more information about the removal of the Kororoit Creek Level crossing, and 49 other dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan "This is great news for residents as it was will ease congestion and improve the safety of our roads." "The design of these crossings will be the subject of extensive consultation with the local council and the community." "This was an election commitment and we are delivering on that commitment."  

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Investing in Local High Schools

The Andrews 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 budget, and continue the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools.

Investing in Local High Schools

The Andrews 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 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. In this years Victorian budget, $1 million of the total $15 million has been provided to kick start the project planning stages. A Project Steering Group has also been 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. In this years Victorian budget, $1 million of the total $15 million has been provided to kick start the project planning stages. A Project Steering Group has also been 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. 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. The Minister for Planning, 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. 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. 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. The Minister for Planning, 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. 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 Government has made the West Gate Distributor project one of its 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 Government has made the West Gate Distributor project one of its 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.