• 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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Melbourne’s Bigger, Better Trains On The Way

Manufacturing has started on Victoria’s largest train project at Newport manufacturing facility in Melbourne’s west, paving the way for more trains, more often and creating hundreds of local jobs. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today marked the start of manufacturing of the High Capacity Metro Train fleet – the first new train design in more than 10 years for Victoria. The 65 new trains built in Victoria, for Victoria, will deliver more trains, more often on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and a ‘turn up and go’ service when the Metro Tunnel opens. The bigger trains are being manufactured and assembled by 175 local workers in Newport, with the project creating hundreds of additional local jobs, with dozens of local businesses supplying components for the 65 new trains. Built with 60 per cent local content, the trains are made with more local content than any other project of this kind in Australia - with bogie frames being built in Bendigo, traction and electrical systems made in Morwell and key electrical components and pantographs from Hallam. The project will create opportunities for a range of Victorians with at least 15 per cent of hours to be worked by apprentices, trainees or cadets and other opportunities for Victorians who face barriers to employment and transitioning auto workers. The new next-generation trains are a result of a year-long train design engagement process, where hundreds of Victorians had their say to make the trains more accessible and comfortable than ever before. Victorians from all walks of life were engaged using a life-size train model, concluding earlier this year where over 75,000 Victorians were able to experience the final 40-metre model train. The Andrews Labor Government is also getting on with the job of removing level crossings and upgrading signalling on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, to prepare for the new trains which will be in service from mid-2019, and eventually run through the new Metro Tunnel to Sunbury. The first High Capacity Metro Train will be ready for testing by the end of the year. For more information on the High Capacity Metro Trains Project visit: transport.vic.gov.au/biggertrains Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “By the middle of next year we will see bigger and better trains on our busiest lines, carrying more passengers and delivering a more comfortable ride.” “This project helps set up Victoria for a long-term future in the rolling stock industry, creating more jobs and opportunities for local businesses.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “The delivery of the HCMT contract continues Newport’s proud train building history, creating hundred of jobs and opportunities in our local community."

Melbourne’s Bigger, Better Trains On The Way

Manufacturing has started on Victoria’s largest train project at Newport manufacturing facility in Melbourne’s west, paving the way for more trains, more often and creating hundreds of local jobs. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today marked the start of manufacturing of the High Capacity Metro Train fleet – the first new train design in more than 10 years for Victoria. The 65 new trains built in Victoria, for Victoria, will deliver more trains, more often on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and a ‘turn up and go’ service when the Metro Tunnel opens. The bigger trains are being manufactured and assembled by 175 local workers in Newport, with the project creating hundreds of additional local jobs, with dozens of local businesses supplying components for the 65 new trains. Built with 60 per cent local content, the trains are made with more local content than any other project of this kind in Australia - with bogie frames being built in Bendigo, traction and electrical systems made in Morwell and key electrical components and pantographs from Hallam. The project will create opportunities for a range of Victorians with at least 15 per cent of hours to be worked by apprentices, trainees or cadets and other opportunities for Victorians who face barriers to employment and transitioning auto workers. The new next-generation trains are a result of a year-long train design engagement process, where hundreds of Victorians had their say to make the trains more accessible and comfortable than ever before. Victorians from all walks of life were engaged using a life-size train model, concluding earlier this year where over 75,000 Victorians were able to experience the final 40-metre model train. The Andrews Labor Government is also getting on with the job of removing level crossings and upgrading signalling on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, to prepare for the new trains which will be in service from mid-2019, and eventually run through the new Metro Tunnel to Sunbury. The first High Capacity Metro Train will be ready for testing by the end of the year. For more information on the High Capacity Metro Trains Project visit: transport.vic.gov.au/biggertrains Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “By the middle of next year we will see bigger and better trains on our busiest lines, carrying more passengers and delivering a more comfortable ride.” “This project helps set up Victoria for a long-term future in the rolling stock industry, creating more jobs and opportunities for local businesses.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “The delivery of the HCMT contract continues Newport’s proud train building history, creating hundred of jobs and opportunities in our local community."

LOCALS TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON INNER WEST TRAFFIC STUDY

Local residents will get a say in in the way vehicles move around Melbourne’s inner west as the area continues to change and grow. The Andrews Labor Government is setting up a Corridor Study Group to discuss how best to move people and freight through the area, now and beyond the completion of the West Gate Tunnel. The establishment of the Corridor Study Group follows a recommendation from the independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee in response the West Gate Tunnel project’s Environment Effects Statement. The group’s terms of reference are significantly broader than those recommended by the IAC, taking into account further community feedback. The Corridor Study Group will investigate the Millers Road corridor, looking at access and safety for residents. It will also investigate the Williamstown Road corridor, Grieve Parade, Kororoit Creek Road and current truck bans. Where appropriate the group will make recommendations to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The Corridor Study Group will be overseen by VicRoads and will be informed by a community-driven working group. The group will ensure that local insights are taken into account when considering decisions affecting residents along the project corridor. The CSG will also assist in finding constructive solutions, and will provide recommendations on matters like communication and engagement with the West Gate Tunnel project. For the full Terms of Reference, visit https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/newsmedia/2018/changing-traffic-movement-through-melbournes-growing-inner-west

LOCALS TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON INNER WEST TRAFFIC STUDY

Local residents will get a say in in the way vehicles move around Melbourne’s inner west as the area continues to change and grow. The Andrews Labor Government is setting up a Corridor Study Group to discuss how best to move people and freight through the area, now and beyond the completion of the West Gate Tunnel. The establishment of the Corridor Study Group follows a recommendation from the independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee in response the West Gate Tunnel project’s Environment Effects Statement. The group’s terms of reference are significantly broader than those recommended by the IAC, taking into account further community feedback. The Corridor Study Group will investigate the Millers Road corridor, looking at access and safety for residents. It will also investigate the Williamstown Road corridor, Grieve Parade, Kororoit Creek Road and current truck bans. Where appropriate the group will make recommendations to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The Corridor Study Group will be overseen by VicRoads and will be informed by a community-driven working group. The group will ensure that local insights are taken into account when considering decisions affecting residents along the project corridor. The CSG will also assist in finding constructive solutions, and will provide recommendations on matters like communication and engagement with the West Gate Tunnel project. For the full Terms of Reference, visit https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/newsmedia/2018/changing-traffic-movement-through-melbournes-growing-inner-west

Altona Loop Dual Track On The Way And Boom Gates To Go

Kororoit Creek Road will soon be level-crossing free and Altona Loop services made more reliable following a 43- day construction blitz starting next month. As part of the Andrews Labor Government’s blitz, the Altona Loop along the Werribee line will power down from 7.30pm on 16 June to the last service on 29 July. This will allow crews to continue with the next stage of the crossing removal, including construction of a dual rail bridge over Kororoit Creek Road and duplication of track between the Werribee line junction and Kororoit Creek. Buses will replace trains along the Altona Loop from Newport and Laverton, servicing passengers to and from Seaholme, Altona and Westona stations. Werribee line trains will run express between Newport and Laverton. There will also be some overnight closures of Kororoit Creek Road at the level crossing with traffic detours in place, and some off-peak closures of the Werribee line, where buses will replace trains between Newport and Werribee. Local businesses and commuters will be informed of these changes well in advance. The planned blitz is after months of hard work on site, with crews constructing the Altona-bound rail bridge in the lead up, plus the concrete columns needed for the installation of the new City-bound rail bridge beams. Westona station is the only place on the Altona Loop where trains can cross, so the new partial duplication will provide another safe passing point and reduce the number of trains forced to bypass the loop via the Werribee line, improving the reliability of services. The new rail bridge design is the same Australian-first method successfully used on other rail projects, with similar beams previously installed on the Mernda Rail Extension Project and at Skye/Overton Road in Frankston. Forty L-shaped beams up to 31 metres long will be transported overnight to Kororoit Creek Road, then craned into place and joined together in pairs to form the rail bridges. On 30 July, services will resume with a more reliable Altona Loop and traffic will never have to deal with boom gate delays at Kororoit Creek Road ever again. Passengers are asked to plan ahead, for disruption information and to find your Plan B travel option, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “This is another crucial project on our public transport network, not only to remove another potentially deadly level crossing, but to also improve service reliability on the Altona Loop.” “We’re getting on with the job of removing level crossings like the one at Kororoit Creek Road, which has caused frustration for drivers and posed a danger to pedestrians and vehicles for far too long.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “I encourage commuters to take the time and plan for these temporary changes - the long-term benefits will be well worth it once these upgrades are completed.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan                                                                                        “I congratulate the project team for their progress at Kororoit Creek Road and look forward to seeing the new rail bridge and track duplication in action.”

Altona Loop Dual Track On The Way And Boom Gates To Go

Kororoit Creek Road will soon be level-crossing free and Altona Loop services made more reliable following a 43- day construction blitz starting next month. As part of the Andrews Labor Government’s blitz, the Altona Loop along the Werribee line will power down from 7.30pm on 16 June to the last service on 29 July. This will allow crews to continue with the next stage of the crossing removal, including construction of a dual rail bridge over Kororoit Creek Road and duplication of track between the Werribee line junction and Kororoit Creek. Buses will replace trains along the Altona Loop from Newport and Laverton, servicing passengers to and from Seaholme, Altona and Westona stations. Werribee line trains will run express between Newport and Laverton. There will also be some overnight closures of Kororoit Creek Road at the level crossing with traffic detours in place, and some off-peak closures of the Werribee line, where buses will replace trains between Newport and Werribee. Local businesses and commuters will be informed of these changes well in advance. The planned blitz is after months of hard work on site, with crews constructing the Altona-bound rail bridge in the lead up, plus the concrete columns needed for the installation of the new City-bound rail bridge beams. Westona station is the only place on the Altona Loop where trains can cross, so the new partial duplication will provide another safe passing point and reduce the number of trains forced to bypass the loop via the Werribee line, improving the reliability of services. The new rail bridge design is the same Australian-first method successfully used on other rail projects, with similar beams previously installed on the Mernda Rail Extension Project and at Skye/Overton Road in Frankston. Forty L-shaped beams up to 31 metres long will be transported overnight to Kororoit Creek Road, then craned into place and joined together in pairs to form the rail bridges. On 30 July, services will resume with a more reliable Altona Loop and traffic will never have to deal with boom gate delays at Kororoit Creek Road ever again. Passengers are asked to plan ahead, for disruption information and to find your Plan B travel option, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “This is another crucial project on our public transport network, not only to remove another potentially deadly level crossing, but to also improve service reliability on the Altona Loop.” “We’re getting on with the job of removing level crossings like the one at Kororoit Creek Road, which has caused frustration for drivers and posed a danger to pedestrians and vehicles for far too long.” Quote attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy “I encourage commuters to take the time and plan for these temporary changes - the long-term benefits will be well worth it once these upgrades are completed.” Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan                                                                                        “I congratulate the project team for their progress at Kororoit Creek Road and look forward to seeing the new rail bridge and track duplication in action.”

PICK YOUR PROJECT: GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY FUND NOW OPEN

Victorians everywhere now have the chance to pitch their ideas for community projects and to vote for them, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $30 million Pick My Project fund. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today called on the Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong communities to brainstorm and submit their ideas for projects they would like to get off the ground. Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 will be made available for ideas ranging from cultural events to community gardens – anything that will make our local communities better places to live. In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program and then vote for the projects they think are most important. All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project. Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there are no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs are now eligible for funding. A series of community workshops will now take place across the state to provide more information about the initiative and support interested applicants. Applications will remain open until Sunday, 24 June 2018, with winning projects to be announced in September 2018. To view the guidelines, find out more about the workshops and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “Our highly engaged local community can now imagine, submit and vote for the projects they want - and we’ll help make them happen.” “There are so many big ideas out there and this is the chance to bring one of them to life.” “I’m looking forward to the community’s response to the Pick My Project concept.”

PICK YOUR PROJECT: GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY FUND NOW OPEN

Victorians everywhere now have the chance to pitch their ideas for community projects and to vote for them, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $30 million Pick My Project fund. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today called on the Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong communities to brainstorm and submit their ideas for projects they would like to get off the ground. Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 will be made available for ideas ranging from cultural events to community gardens – anything that will make our local communities better places to live. In a Victorian-first, all residents aged 16 and over will be able to submit their idea for consideration under the program and then vote for the projects they think are most important. All they’ll need is an idea that helps build a stronger community, and the backing of a local organisation, community group, school, local council, or other eligible group able to help deliver the project. Projects will need to be feasible and have land-owner consent, but there are no restrictive guidelines – meaning many local priorities that fall-between the cracks of other grant programs are now eligible for funding. A series of community workshops will now take place across the state to provide more information about the initiative and support interested applicants. Applications will remain open until Sunday, 24 June 2018, with winning projects to be announced in September 2018. To view the guidelines, find out more about the workshops and register your interest, visit pickmyproject.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “Our highly engaged local community can now imagine, submit and vote for the projects they want - and we’ll help make them happen.” “There are so many big ideas out there and this is the chance to bring one of them to life.” “I’m looking forward to the community’s response to the Pick My Project concept.”

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REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

Level crossings pose a serious risk to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and trains. In addition to that, they cause huge delays, often during peak periods. The Andrews Government understands this. That's why we're working to remove the 50 most dangerous and congested level crossings in Victoria. Two of these are located in my electorate, on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown. These crossing are used by 22,000 vehicles a day, and the boom gates are down for hours a day. Tragically, the Ferguson Street crossing claimed the lives of two young children in the 1990s. Both crossings have also seen numerous near misses. The removal of these crossings will increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and will allow for the partial duplication of the Altona Loop service, meaning fewer delays and more services. That is why I support the removal of these dangerous crossings. A design has been released for the Kororoit Creek level crossing site. Currently, no design has been released for Ferguson street and no decision has been made. For project updates and information about community consultation sessions, please click here for Kororoit Creek and here for Ferguson street.

REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

Level crossings pose a serious risk to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and trains. In addition to that, they cause huge delays, often during peak periods. The Andrews Government understands this. That's why we're working to remove the 50 most dangerous and congested level crossings in Victoria. Two of these are located in my electorate, on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown. These crossing are used by 22,000 vehicles a day, and the boom gates are down for hours a day. Tragically, the Ferguson Street crossing claimed the lives of two young children in the 1990s. Both crossings have also seen numerous near misses. The removal of these crossings will increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and will allow for the partial duplication of the Altona Loop service, meaning fewer delays and more services. That is why I support the removal of these dangerous crossings. A design has been released for the Kororoit Creek level crossing site. Currently, no design has been released for Ferguson street and no decision has been made. For project updates and information about community consultation sessions, please click here for Kororoit Creek and here for Ferguson street.

The West Gate Tunnel Project

The West Gate Tunnel project represents the single largest road project since the West Gate Bridge was opened back in the late 1970s. Melbourne's west is experiencing booming population growth. Population in the region now stands at approximately 830,000 people, up from 611,000 in 2006. Failure to invest in basic infrastructure such as road and rail to support this growth will have a significant and enduring negative impact on the liveability and economic opportunities for Melbourne's west. In these circumstances, doing nothing is not an option. The West Gate Tunnel project will reduce our city's over reliance on the West Gate Bridge and provide a critical second river crossing. The construction of the tunnel will create 6,000 new jobs, including 500 apprenticeships, and up to 150 jobs for former auto workers. After two years of community consultation, the project design incorporates the best quality noise walls in Victoria, the creation of 9 hectares of new open space and wetlands, and 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths. Spotswood sporting clubs will have access to a new shared pavilion in the Donald McLean Reserve and will get, for the first time, new noise walls along its boundary. The West Gate Tunnel will also remove thousands of trucks off local roads. This delivers a massive win for communities in the inner west, with 24/7 truck bans on local roads such as Francis Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville once the tunnel opens in 2022. The release of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) in May has raised some concerns among local residents about potential truck volumes on other local roads such as Hudsons Road, Blackshaws Road, Millers Road and Hyde Street. Our Government remains committed to work with the local community to avoid any future adverse impacts. As local Member, I'm supportive of the need to consider further truck restrictions on local roads to protect community amenity. It would be counter-productive to build the tunnel and have more trucks flood our local streets. We have also commenced discussions with residents in Hyde Street, Yarraville who have requested Government to consider acquiring their properties. To this end, we will continue to work constructively with individuals and organisations that raise concerns about the project. The EES process is expected to be finalised by the end of the year with construction to commence in 2018. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Melbourne's west, and when completed will forever transform the liveability of the inner west.    

The West Gate Tunnel Project

The West Gate Tunnel project represents the single largest road project since the West Gate Bridge was opened back in the late 1970s. Melbourne's west is experiencing booming population growth. Population in the region now stands at approximately 830,000 people, up from 611,000 in 2006. Failure to invest in basic infrastructure such as road and rail to support this growth will have a significant and enduring negative impact on the liveability and economic opportunities for Melbourne's west. In these circumstances, doing nothing is not an option. The West Gate Tunnel project will reduce our city's over reliance on the West Gate Bridge and provide a critical second river crossing. The construction of the tunnel will create 6,000 new jobs, including 500 apprenticeships, and up to 150 jobs for former auto workers. After two years of community consultation, the project design incorporates the best quality noise walls in Victoria, the creation of 9 hectares of new open space and wetlands, and 14km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths. Spotswood sporting clubs will have access to a new shared pavilion in the Donald McLean Reserve and will get, for the first time, new noise walls along its boundary. The West Gate Tunnel will also remove thousands of trucks off local roads. This delivers a massive win for communities in the inner west, with 24/7 truck bans on local roads such as Francis Street and Somerville Road in Yarraville once the tunnel opens in 2022. The release of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) in May has raised some concerns among local residents about potential truck volumes on other local roads such as Hudsons Road, Blackshaws Road, Millers Road and Hyde Street. Our Government remains committed to work with the local community to avoid any future adverse impacts. As local Member, I'm supportive of the need to consider further truck restrictions on local roads to protect community amenity. It would be counter-productive to build the tunnel and have more trucks flood our local streets. We have also commenced discussions with residents in Hyde Street, Yarraville who have requested Government to consider acquiring their properties. To this end, we will continue to work constructively with individuals and organisations that raise concerns about the project. The EES process is expected to be finalised by the end of the year with construction to commence in 2018. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Melbourne's west, and when completed will forever transform the liveability of the inner west.    

Air Pollution in Brooklyn

For a long time, local residents of Brooklyn have been suffering from an influx of dust over their homes due to the poor quality of roads in the Brooklyn Industrial District. This has had a significant impact on the liveability of the great suburb of Brooklyn. To address this, the Victorian Government brokered a $2.6 million partnership to seal two of the area's dustiest roads in 2015. As a part of this new initiative, the Andrews Government contributed $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road, two of Brooklyn’s dustiest roads. Since the roads have been sealed, the frequency of bad air quality days in the neighbouring residential area has more than halved, with the greatest air quality improvements occurring between 7-10 am. Although there's still more work to be done, I'm proud of what has been achieved so far in such a short time.

Air Pollution in Brooklyn

For a long time, local residents of Brooklyn have been suffering from an influx of dust over their homes due to the poor quality of roads in the Brooklyn Industrial District. This has had a significant impact on the liveability of the great suburb of Brooklyn. To address this, the Victorian Government brokered a $2.6 million partnership to seal two of the area's dustiest roads in 2015. As a part of this new initiative, the Andrews Government contributed $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road, two of Brooklyn’s dustiest roads. Since the roads have been sealed, the frequency of bad air quality days in the neighbouring residential area has more than halved, with the greatest air quality improvements occurring between 7-10 am. Although there's still more work to be done, I'm proud of what has been achieved so far in such a short time.

Investing in Local Schools

The Andrews Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in local schools. Delivering on our election commitment, Williamstown High School received $500,000 towards the construction of a new Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, while Bayside College has received $300,000 to upgrade the technical wing at the Williamstown campus. These investments formed part of the first Andrews budget, and we’ve continued the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools in successive budgets. Newport Lakes Primary School received $3 million in the 2016/17 State Budget to upgrade its ageing facilities, and Spotswood Primary School has been awarded $1.4 million in the 2017/18 Budget for vital repairs and upgrades of school facilities. The Andrews Government is delivering the quality classrooms our kids deserve. It’s all part of the plan to make Victoria the Education State.

Investing in Local Schools

The Andrews Government understands the importance of education and maintains a proud record of investing in local schools. Delivering on our election commitment, Williamstown High School received $500,000 towards the construction of a new Performing Arts Centre of Excellence, while Bayside College has received $300,000 to upgrade the technical wing at the Williamstown campus. These investments formed part of the first Andrews budget, and we’ve continued the proud Labor record of supporting our local schools in successive budgets. Newport Lakes Primary School received $3 million in the 2016/17 State Budget to upgrade its ageing facilities, and Spotswood Primary School has been awarded $1.4 million in the 2017/18 Budget for vital repairs and upgrades of school facilities. The Andrews Government is delivering the quality classrooms our kids deserve. It’s all part of the plan to make Victoria the Education State.