• 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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WIN FOR FOOTY UMPIRES IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Western Region Football League Umpires Association, Seddon Auskick and Seddon Cricket Club can look forward to a brighter future thanks to new floodlights at Yarraville’s Hanmer Reserve. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan joined local club representatives and Maribyrnong City Council today to officially open the new lighting facilities. Record numbers of people in Melbourne’s west are signing up to play sports like footy and cricket – and they deserve modern and inclusive facilities. Inspired by the success of the inaugural Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) and Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), there has been a boom in new women’s and girls’ teams on the park this year. It means we need more umpires than ever before. And just like local grassroots clubs, the number of umpires in the Western Region Football League Umpires Association is soaring. The association now supports and trains more than 320 umpires and a growing junior base of more than 225 umpires aged 11 to 18. Four new light towers, providing training and match practice lighting to Australian Standards, gives them room to grow and the flexibility they need to train more often and safely, later into the evening. The new lights will also open up the reserve to more night training and competition as football participation and the demand for facilities across the inner West increases. The Andrews Labor Government invested $70,000 to complete this important project through our $110 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Proud associations like the Western Region Football League Umpires Association have been a breeding ground for many top VFL and AFL umpires.” “We’re giving them the facilities they deserve and need to cater for soaring demand for footy umpires of all ages in the west.” “The new lighting gives the umpires association and other sports the flexibility they need to train and

WIN FOR FOOTY UMPIRES IN MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Western Region Football League Umpires Association, Seddon Auskick and Seddon Cricket Club can look forward to a brighter future thanks to new floodlights at Yarraville’s Hanmer Reserve. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan joined local club representatives and Maribyrnong City Council today to officially open the new lighting facilities. Record numbers of people in Melbourne’s west are signing up to play sports like footy and cricket – and they deserve modern and inclusive facilities. Inspired by the success of the inaugural Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) and Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), there has been a boom in new women’s and girls’ teams on the park this year. It means we need more umpires than ever before. And just like local grassroots clubs, the number of umpires in the Western Region Football League Umpires Association is soaring. The association now supports and trains more than 320 umpires and a growing junior base of more than 225 umpires aged 11 to 18. Four new light towers, providing training and match practice lighting to Australian Standards, gives them room to grow and the flexibility they need to train more often and safely, later into the evening. The new lights will also open up the reserve to more night training and competition as football participation and the demand for facilities across the inner West increases. The Andrews Labor Government invested $70,000 to complete this important project through our $110 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Proud associations like the Western Region Football League Umpires Association have been a breeding ground for many top VFL and AFL umpires.” “We’re giving them the facilities they deserve and need to cater for soaring demand for footy umpires of all ages in the west.” “The new lighting gives the umpires association and other sports the flexibility they need to train and

LOCAL CRIME STATS PROMISING BUT MORE WORK TO BE DONE

The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in officers, resources and technology is helping Victoria Police crackdown on crime in Hobsons Bay. Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy and Member for Williamston District, Wade Noonan said the latest crime statistics show police are making more arrests and coming down hard on recidivist offenders across Hobsons Bay. Family violence incidents continue to be a focus for police, with rates starting to stabilise across the state after increasing significantly over the past few years. Locally, there has been a 7.1% decrease in family violence incidents recorded. The statistics released today show there were 6,399 crimes committed in the Hobsons Bay area in the year ending March 2017 – a 9.3% per cent decrease. The offence rate is 6,776.2 per 100,000 people in the year ending March 2017, which is an 8.7% per cent decrease. The statistics show how hard Victoria Police is working in the Hobsons Bay area to detect, investigate and disrupt crime, and how important the Labor Government’s investment in turning around the six-year crime trend is. The 2017-18 Victorian Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.91 billion to implement every recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence and reform the system to hold perpetrators to account and support victims. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering its $2 billion Community Safety Statement which is giving police the resources, facilities, technology, powers and laws they need to reduce harm and keep our community safe. The Andrews Labor Government has also provided $249,399 of community safety funding to the Hobsons Bay area to tackle the causes of crime. The government has strengthened powers for police, added five new teams to target gangs and illicit firearms, toughened sentences for drug dealers, created new carjacking and home invasion offences, and is banning cash for scrap. Quotes attributable to Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona District “These stats show why our record investment in community safety is so vital for people in Hobsons Bay” Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan, Member for Williamstown District “We’ll continue to give Victoria Police the powers and resources they need to protect local families.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “I thank hard working Police in Hobsons Bay and across Victoria for their tireless work tackling crime and protecting our community.” “While there are positive signs in the latest crime stats, we know there is more to be done. That’s why we’re putting thousands more police on our streets, and giving law enforcement agencies the powers and technology they need to keep Victorians safe.”

LOCAL CRIME STATS PROMISING BUT MORE WORK TO BE DONE

The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in officers, resources and technology is helping Victoria Police crackdown on crime in Hobsons Bay. Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy and Member for Williamston District, Wade Noonan said the latest crime statistics show police are making more arrests and coming down hard on recidivist offenders across Hobsons Bay. Family violence incidents continue to be a focus for police, with rates starting to stabilise across the state after increasing significantly over the past few years. Locally, there has been a 7.1% decrease in family violence incidents recorded. The statistics released today show there were 6,399 crimes committed in the Hobsons Bay area in the year ending March 2017 – a 9.3% per cent decrease. The offence rate is 6,776.2 per 100,000 people in the year ending March 2017, which is an 8.7% per cent decrease. The statistics show how hard Victoria Police is working in the Hobsons Bay area to detect, investigate and disrupt crime, and how important the Labor Government’s investment in turning around the six-year crime trend is. The 2017-18 Victorian Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.91 billion to implement every recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence and reform the system to hold perpetrators to account and support victims. The Andrews Labor Government is delivering its $2 billion Community Safety Statement which is giving police the resources, facilities, technology, powers and laws they need to reduce harm and keep our community safe. The Andrews Labor Government has also provided $249,399 of community safety funding to the Hobsons Bay area to tackle the causes of crime. The government has strengthened powers for police, added five new teams to target gangs and illicit firearms, toughened sentences for drug dealers, created new carjacking and home invasion offences, and is banning cash for scrap. Quotes attributable to Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona District “These stats show why our record investment in community safety is so vital for people in Hobsons Bay” Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan, Member for Williamstown District “We’ll continue to give Victoria Police the powers and resources they need to protect local families.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “I thank hard working Police in Hobsons Bay and across Victoria for their tireless work tackling crime and protecting our community.” “While there are positive signs in the latest crime stats, we know there is more to be done. That’s why we’re putting thousands more police on our streets, and giving law enforcement agencies the powers and technology they need to keep Victorians safe.”

A Bold New Vision For Education In The Inner West

The Andrews Labor Government has released a bold vision for a new learning precinct in Melbourne’s inner west. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan and Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson visited Footscray City Primary School today to release the Footscray Learning Precinct Feasibility Report and announce a further $10.6 million for the next stage of the project. The precinct will link, expand and upgrade schools across Melbourne’s inner west and integrate learning at all levels, from early childhood to university. The project involves a broader vision to  provide for individual learning needs no matter what stage of life a person is at or what skills they do or do not have. It will be a first for Australia – bringing providers together in three hubs to provide a shared approach to education that will help students reach their goals. The next stage of development includes advanced master planning and designs for all sites, including a new secondary campus to be built in Seddon. This stage also includes the redevelopment of Gilmore College for Girls and Footscray City Primary School. The Footscray Learning Precinct is part of the Government’s $2.5 billion investment in Victorian schools, including over 1,000 existing schools projects and 56 new schools. The Labor Government supports the recommendations outlined in the Footscray Learning Precinct Feasibility Report, which was developed following extensive consultation with the community. The final governance model and transition arrangements will be announced at the end of 2017, following consultation with local school communities and agreement from School Councils. The report is now available on at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Footscray. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Footscray Learning Precinct is an Australian-first that will transform education in the inner-west.” “We’re listening to the community and getting on with this project – to give these kids a great education and the best possible start in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “This ground-breaking project will transform education in our community – inspiring our children to aim higher and do better, whichever path they choose.” Quote attributable to member for Footscray Marsha Thomson “This is the first stage of providing a new way of delivering life-long learning that will meet the needs of everyone, no matter what age or stage.”

A Bold New Vision For Education In The Inner West

The Andrews Labor Government has released a bold vision for a new learning precinct in Melbourne’s inner west. Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan and Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson visited Footscray City Primary School today to release the Footscray Learning Precinct Feasibility Report and announce a further $10.6 million for the next stage of the project. The precinct will link, expand and upgrade schools across Melbourne’s inner west and integrate learning at all levels, from early childhood to university. The project involves a broader vision to  provide for individual learning needs no matter what stage of life a person is at or what skills they do or do not have. It will be a first for Australia – bringing providers together in three hubs to provide a shared approach to education that will help students reach their goals. The next stage of development includes advanced master planning and designs for all sites, including a new secondary campus to be built in Seddon. This stage also includes the redevelopment of Gilmore College for Girls and Footscray City Primary School. The Footscray Learning Precinct is part of the Government’s $2.5 billion investment in Victorian schools, including over 1,000 existing schools projects and 56 new schools. The Labor Government supports the recommendations outlined in the Footscray Learning Precinct Feasibility Report, which was developed following extensive consultation with the community. The final governance model and transition arrangements will be announced at the end of 2017, following consultation with local school communities and agreement from School Councils. The report is now available on at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Footscray. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Footscray Learning Precinct is an Australian-first that will transform education in the inner-west.” “We’re listening to the community and getting on with this project – to give these kids a great education and the best possible start in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “This ground-breaking project will transform education in our community – inspiring our children to aim higher and do better, whichever path they choose.” Quote attributable to member for Footscray Marsha Thomson “This is the first stage of providing a new way of delivering life-long learning that will meet the needs of everyone, no matter what age or stage.”

Investing In Spotswood Schools And Kids

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting funding to infrastructure at Spotswood Primary School to give local students the best start in life. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan visited Spotswood Primary today to officially announce it will receive $1.4 million for upgrades. This funding will allow delivery of the first part of the school's masterplan, which will involve extensive rebuilding as well as construction of new buildings. The school will work with an architect to develop detailed plans for the project. The Victorian Budget 2017/18invested $685 million to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state – improving education and creating local jobs. This includes $195 million to upgrade and modernise schools including new classrooms, STEM facilities, gymnasiums and playgrounds at 59 regional schools and 49 metropolitan schools. The Labor Government has now invested more than $2.5 billion in school infrastructure, with 56 new schools delivered across the state over the past three years. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re getting on with the job of building better schools, so local students have the facilities and classrooms they need to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Having visited the school recently, I know how valuable this funding will be for Spotswood Primary School. The school’s facilities are in need of an upgrade and this funding will help get this work started.”

Investing In Spotswood Schools And Kids

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting funding to infrastructure at Spotswood Primary School to give local students the best start in life. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan visited Spotswood Primary today to officially announce it will receive $1.4 million for upgrades. This funding will allow delivery of the first part of the school's masterplan, which will involve extensive rebuilding as well as construction of new buildings. The school will work with an architect to develop detailed plans for the project. The Victorian Budget 2017/18invested $685 million to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state – improving education and creating local jobs. This includes $195 million to upgrade and modernise schools including new classrooms, STEM facilities, gymnasiums and playgrounds at 59 regional schools and 49 metropolitan schools. The Labor Government has now invested more than $2.5 billion in school infrastructure, with 56 new schools delivered across the state over the past three years. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re getting on with the job of building better schools, so local students have the facilities and classrooms they need to succeed.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Having visited the school recently, I know how valuable this funding will be for Spotswood Primary School. The school’s facilities are in need of an upgrade and this funding will help get this work started.”

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 is delivering more than a tunnel. By creating a dedicated route to the port, trucks will no longer have to rely on local roads. Once the project is completed in 2022, 24/7 truck bans for Francis Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville, and Moore Street and Buckley Street in Footscray, will improve safety, reduce noise and greatly improve air quality for local families. More than 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths will make it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to get around. The Federation Trail cycling path will be completed, upgraded and extended. The missing link between Williamstown Road and Hyde Street in Yarraville will be completed, the bitumen section between Millers and Geelong Roads will be rebuilt, and a new connection to Spotswood Railway Station will be created. Locals will also have access to almost 9 hectares of new and upgraded parks and wetlands, including a new 3-hectare park on industrial land in Altona North. 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. In total, 6,000 new jobs will be created during the project, including 500 apprentices, up to 150 jobs for former auto workers, and around 400 jobs in Melbourne’s west. The project is now being assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES), which will be exhibited from 29 May 2017 and open to public submissions. You can review the EES online at westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/ees/. Submissions close 5pm Monday 10 July 2017.

The West Gate Tunnel Project

The West Gate Tunnel Project is delivering more than a tunnel. By creating a dedicated route to the port, trucks will no longer have to rely on local roads. Once the project is completed in 2022, 24/7 truck bans for Francis Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville, and Moore Street and Buckley Street in Footscray, will improve safety, reduce noise and greatly improve air quality for local families. More than 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths will make it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to get around. The Federation Trail cycling path will be completed, upgraded and extended. The missing link between Williamstown Road and Hyde Street in Yarraville will be completed, the bitumen section between Millers and Geelong Roads will be rebuilt, and a new connection to Spotswood Railway Station will be created. Locals will also have access to almost 9 hectares of new and upgraded parks and wetlands, including a new 3-hectare park on industrial land in Altona North. 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. In total, 6,000 new jobs will be created during the project, including 500 apprentices, up to 150 jobs for former auto workers, and around 400 jobs in Melbourne’s west. The project is now being assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES), which will be exhibited from 29 May 2017 and open to public submissions. You can review the EES online at westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/ees/. Submissions close 5pm Monday 10 July 2017.

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.