• 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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Progress for Williamstown’s Marine Precinct: Dredging Study Released

Parks Victoria today released a technical dredging study of the Williamstown foreshore, which examined changes to marine conditions across the iconic waterway precinct. Funded by a $170,000 allocation from the Andrews Government, the study was commissioned to investigate local stakeholders’ concerns regarding issues impacting the safe navigation for vessels due to shallowing waters. Building upon the extensive work undertaken as part of the 2010 Williamstown Foreshore Strategic Plan, the study investigated how changing wave patterns and shipping channel activity are influencing sediment build-up in the precinct. The study relied heavily on community consultation and local insights from key stakeholders across the maritime precinct including, Seaworks, the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club, and the Anchorage Marina. It also incorporated insights from important local businesses, such as Blunt Boat builders and Savage Boat Yard. The research comprised multiple individual studies, including dredging area and water depth, wave penetration, siltation and sediment analysis, and it canvassed dredging methodologies. The information from these studies was used to develop a dredging design that proposed the potential removal and disposal of 67,000m3 of sediments and clay. With the study having been completed, the Andrews Government will now need to consider the best approach to the safe removal of the spoil, including assessing the full costs, and whether a cost recovery mechanism can be designed to help fund the work. This work is expected to take 6-12 months. The $170,000 allocated for this study reflects the State Government’s ongoing investment into the Williamstown marine precinct. Previous investments include $3m for upgrades at Seaworks, and $115,000 to restore an historic jetty at Blunt Boat Builders. The full study can be found at http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/bays-rivers-and-ports/williamstown-workshop-piers-and-stony-creek-backwash/plans-and-projects/williamstown-dredging-study Quotes Attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “This is an important study which has been informed by local stakeholders and significant technical work.” “This study reveals water depths in the Williamstown marina area are becoming shallower and creating difficulties for the safe passage of both large and small vessels.” “The study identifies that these issues need serious attention, therefore it’s going to take some time to resolve them.” For further information, contact Sam Hayward on 9399 9022/sam.hayward@parliament.vic.gov.au

Progress for Williamstown’s Marine Precinct: Dredging Study Released

Parks Victoria today released a technical dredging study of the Williamstown foreshore, which examined changes to marine conditions across the iconic waterway precinct. Funded by a $170,000 allocation from the Andrews Government, the study was commissioned to investigate local stakeholders’ concerns regarding issues impacting the safe navigation for vessels due to shallowing waters. Building upon the extensive work undertaken as part of the 2010 Williamstown Foreshore Strategic Plan, the study investigated how changing wave patterns and shipping channel activity are influencing sediment build-up in the precinct. The study relied heavily on community consultation and local insights from key stakeholders across the maritime precinct including, Seaworks, the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club, and the Anchorage Marina. It also incorporated insights from important local businesses, such as Blunt Boat builders and Savage Boat Yard. The research comprised multiple individual studies, including dredging area and water depth, wave penetration, siltation and sediment analysis, and it canvassed dredging methodologies. The information from these studies was used to develop a dredging design that proposed the potential removal and disposal of 67,000m3 of sediments and clay. With the study having been completed, the Andrews Government will now need to consider the best approach to the safe removal of the spoil, including assessing the full costs, and whether a cost recovery mechanism can be designed to help fund the work. This work is expected to take 6-12 months. The $170,000 allocated for this study reflects the State Government’s ongoing investment into the Williamstown marine precinct. Previous investments include $3m for upgrades at Seaworks, and $115,000 to restore an historic jetty at Blunt Boat Builders. The full study can be found at http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/bays-rivers-and-ports/williamstown-workshop-piers-and-stony-creek-backwash/plans-and-projects/williamstown-dredging-study Quotes Attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP “This is an important study which has been informed by local stakeholders and significant technical work.” “This study reveals water depths in the Williamstown marina area are becoming shallower and creating difficulties for the safe passage of both large and small vessels.” “The study identifies that these issues need serious attention, therefore it’s going to take some time to resolve them.” For further information, contact Sam Hayward on 9399 9022/sam.hayward@parliament.vic.gov.au

TRUCK BAN BREAKERS CAUGHT ON CAMERA

The latest traffic camera technology has been installed on Hyde Street in Yarraville to catch drivers breaking truck bans during preparatory road works for the West Gate Tunnel. Cameras and sensors will be used to detect trucks that are using Hyde Street overnight or don’t stick to the detour route, while traffic is diverted during essential road works. Before tunnelling for the West Gate Tunnel Project begins in 2019, a section of the over 100 year old brick North Yarra Main Sewer needs to be diverted. During this time, Whitehall Street will be closed northbound between Leek Street and Somerville Road and traffic diverted via Hyde Street. While northbound trucks will have to use Hyde Street during the day, trucks without a local origin or destination will continue to be banned at night. In response to feedback from the local community, the project has installed traffic monitoring technology to gather intel on trucks breaking the bans. The information will automatically go to VicRoads, to follow up with truck drivers and target their on-site surveillance. The infra-red technology will monitor northbound vehicles on Hyde Street at two locations – near York Street and near Berry Street. The detour route was determined through discussions with local residents and businesses, Maribyrnong Council and VicRoads. There will also be four additional CCTV cameras and an increase in surveillance and monitoring of traffic using Hyde Street. Information is being provided to the freight industry to ensure truck drivers and freight companies are aware of the detour route, the truck curfews, and that surveillance and enforcement will be increased for the duration of the works. Initial works to relocate the sewer are underway and the detour will start 6 August. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “We are taking truck ban flouting seriously and want to reduce the number of trucks using Hyde Street as much as possible.” “The state-of-the-art traffic monitoring technology should give local residents assurance that every effort is being made to manage traffic appropriately while the unavoidable detour is in place.” Quote attributable to Western Distributor Authority CEO Peter Sammut “Relocating the North Yarra Main Sewer is a massive piece of work that has to happen before we can start tunnelling.” Quote attributable to Russell Greenland, Manager Transport Safety Services (Metro), VicRoads “Our Transport Safety Services team will continue to monitor and improve the safety of heavy vehicles and trucks – this technology will help us identify drivers who fail to comply with the law. For further information, contact Sam Hayward on 9399 9022/sam.hayward@parliament.vic.gov.au

TRUCK BAN BREAKERS CAUGHT ON CAMERA

The latest traffic camera technology has been installed on Hyde Street in Yarraville to catch drivers breaking truck bans during preparatory road works for the West Gate Tunnel. Cameras and sensors will be used to detect trucks that are using Hyde Street overnight or don’t stick to the detour route, while traffic is diverted during essential road works. Before tunnelling for the West Gate Tunnel Project begins in 2019, a section of the over 100 year old brick North Yarra Main Sewer needs to be diverted. During this time, Whitehall Street will be closed northbound between Leek Street and Somerville Road and traffic diverted via Hyde Street. While northbound trucks will have to use Hyde Street during the day, trucks without a local origin or destination will continue to be banned at night. In response to feedback from the local community, the project has installed traffic monitoring technology to gather intel on trucks breaking the bans. The information will automatically go to VicRoads, to follow up with truck drivers and target their on-site surveillance. The infra-red technology will monitor northbound vehicles on Hyde Street at two locations – near York Street and near Berry Street. The detour route was determined through discussions with local residents and businesses, Maribyrnong Council and VicRoads. There will also be four additional CCTV cameras and an increase in surveillance and monitoring of traffic using Hyde Street. Information is being provided to the freight industry to ensure truck drivers and freight companies are aware of the detour route, the truck curfews, and that surveillance and enforcement will be increased for the duration of the works. Initial works to relocate the sewer are underway and the detour will start 6 August. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “We are taking truck ban flouting seriously and want to reduce the number of trucks using Hyde Street as much as possible.” “The state-of-the-art traffic monitoring technology should give local residents assurance that every effort is being made to manage traffic appropriately while the unavoidable detour is in place.” Quote attributable to Western Distributor Authority CEO Peter Sammut “Relocating the North Yarra Main Sewer is a massive piece of work that has to happen before we can start tunnelling.” Quote attributable to Russell Greenland, Manager Transport Safety Services (Metro), VicRoads “Our Transport Safety Services team will continue to monitor and improve the safety of heavy vehicles and trucks – this technology will help us identify drivers who fail to comply with the law. For further information, contact Sam Hayward on 9399 9022/sam.hayward@parliament.vic.gov.au

ARTS GRANT TO LIGHT UP PAINE RESERVE LANEWAY IN NEWPORT

Renowned local artist Donna Jackson joins a roll call of 62 artists and creative organisations to receive support through the Victorian Government’s latest round of VicArts grants. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced a total of $120,000 to Ms Jackson’s Hubcap Productions to support the development and presentation of the Art & Industry Festival’s Outside Gallery project. Mr Noonan visited Hubcap Productions on Monday to be briefed by Ms Jackson about the program and theme for this year’s Art & Industry Festival and to learn more about the light-box instalment which will be launched in Paine Reserve to coincide with the Festival’s opening in mid-November. The light-box gallery will be created by Victorian artist Bindi Cole and feature a further three exhibitions across 2019 - 2020. The Art & Industry Festival will be held over 10 days, between 16-25 November 2018, and feature 20 different events. The Festival will be presented by Hubcap Productions in Partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council. For more information, visit: artandindustryfestival.com.au. This round of VicArts grants totals $1,558,560 for projects that will provide employment opportunities for more than 1,500 Victorian artists and associated professionals across the state. The supported projects reflect the diverse nature of Victoria’s dynamic creative community, and include new exhibitions, theatre and dance works, books of poetry and literature, podcasts and more. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP “Funding for the light-box exhibition will bring vibrancy and interest to a relatively dull public space.” “This piece of public art and exhibition will showcase the talent of local artists whilst celebrating our rich and proud industrial history.” “Our entire community benefits when we support local Hobsons Bay artists like Donna Jackson.”

ARTS GRANT TO LIGHT UP PAINE RESERVE LANEWAY IN NEWPORT

Renowned local artist Donna Jackson joins a roll call of 62 artists and creative organisations to receive support through the Victorian Government’s latest round of VicArts grants. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced a total of $120,000 to Ms Jackson’s Hubcap Productions to support the development and presentation of the Art & Industry Festival’s Outside Gallery project. Mr Noonan visited Hubcap Productions on Monday to be briefed by Ms Jackson about the program and theme for this year’s Art & Industry Festival and to learn more about the light-box instalment which will be launched in Paine Reserve to coincide with the Festival’s opening in mid-November. The light-box gallery will be created by Victorian artist Bindi Cole and feature a further three exhibitions across 2019 - 2020. The Art & Industry Festival will be held over 10 days, between 16-25 November 2018, and feature 20 different events. The Festival will be presented by Hubcap Productions in Partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council. For more information, visit: artandindustryfestival.com.au. This round of VicArts grants totals $1,558,560 for projects that will provide employment opportunities for more than 1,500 Victorian artists and associated professionals across the state. The supported projects reflect the diverse nature of Victoria’s dynamic creative community, and include new exhibitions, theatre and dance works, books of poetry and literature, podcasts and more. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan MP “Funding for the light-box exhibition will bring vibrancy and interest to a relatively dull public space.” “This piece of public art and exhibition will showcase the talent of local artists whilst celebrating our rich and proud industrial history.” “Our entire community benefits when we support local Hobsons Bay artists like Donna Jackson.”

THE INNER WEST TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON AIR QUALITY

The Andrews Labor Government is giving locals the opportunity to provide input into future improvements for air quality in the inner west. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today announced the Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group. The Reference Group will investigate air quality across the inner west and explore sources of pollution to find the best solutions for managing air quality and emissions in the inner west. The Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group will include representatives from key community groups, residents and representatives from Hobsons Bay, Brimbank and Maribyrnong Councils. This announcement builds on the Labor Government’s extension of air quality monitoring for 10 years and its involvement of the local community in decisions concerning air quality and the West Gate Tunnel Project. The Group will examine air quality monitoring regimes with full access to the available data from the new air quality monitoring program, which was established by the West Gate Tunnel Project. Construction is underway on the West Gate Tunnel, which will take more than 9,000 trucks per day off residential streets in the inner west, build additional noise walls, create new open spaces and complete Federation Trail. The Group’s work will also contribute to the Labor Government’s Victorian Air Quality Strategy, which will set out clear, sustainable and cost-effective approaches to monitor and manage air quality over the next decade. For more information on the Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group visit https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/inner-west-air-quality-reference-group. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Local communities in Melbourne’s west have excellent ideas on how to improve air quality, we are giving the inner west community a chance to have their voices heard.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “We have listened to the community every step of the way and we will keep doing this to find the best solution for the inner west.” Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “I have campaigned for initiatives to create cleaner air in the inner west and I’m pleased the establishment of this group will help further improve air quality in our region.”

THE INNER WEST TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON AIR QUALITY

The Andrews Labor Government is giving locals the opportunity to provide input into future improvements for air quality in the inner west. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan today announced the Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group. The Reference Group will investigate air quality across the inner west and explore sources of pollution to find the best solutions for managing air quality and emissions in the inner west. The Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group will include representatives from key community groups, residents and representatives from Hobsons Bay, Brimbank and Maribyrnong Councils. This announcement builds on the Labor Government’s extension of air quality monitoring for 10 years and its involvement of the local community in decisions concerning air quality and the West Gate Tunnel Project. The Group will examine air quality monitoring regimes with full access to the available data from the new air quality monitoring program, which was established by the West Gate Tunnel Project. Construction is underway on the West Gate Tunnel, which will take more than 9,000 trucks per day off residential streets in the inner west, build additional noise walls, create new open spaces and complete Federation Trail. The Group’s work will also contribute to the Labor Government’s Victorian Air Quality Strategy, which will set out clear, sustainable and cost-effective approaches to monitor and manage air quality over the next decade. For more information on the Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group visit https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/inner-west-air-quality-reference-group. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Local communities in Melbourne’s west have excellent ideas on how to improve air quality, we are giving the inner west community a chance to have their voices heard.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “We have listened to the community every step of the way and we will keep doing this to find the best solution for the inner west.” Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “I have campaigned for initiatives to create cleaner air in the inner west and I’m pleased the establishment of this group will help further improve air quality in our region.”

Campaigns

REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

Level crossings pose a serious risk to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and trains and cause travel delays and disruptions on our train lines and roads. The Andrews Government wants to improve the safety and efficiency for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists which is why we’re removing 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings in Victoria. Two of these are located within the electorate of Williamstown, on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown. These crossings 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 and they need to be removed. 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. They will also increase the reliability of our roads, giving people a greater ability to predict travel times. Work is underway to remove the level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road and partially duplicate the Altona Loop, and works are at the early planning stages for Ferguson Street, with a final design decision yet to be 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 and cause travel delays and disruptions on our train lines and roads. The Andrews Government wants to improve the safety and efficiency for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists which is why we’re removing 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings in Victoria. Two of these are located within the electorate of Williamstown, on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown. These crossings 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 and they need to be removed. 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. They will also increase the reliability of our roads, giving people a greater ability to predict travel times. Work is underway to remove the level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road and partially duplicate the Altona Loop, and works are at the early planning stages for Ferguson Street, with a final design decision yet to be 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 and is an important part of the Andrews Government’s plans to give Melburnians more options and flexibility in how they move about our city. 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 provide a vital alternative to the Westgate Bridge, providing a direct link from the freeway to the Port of Melbourne via a tunnel under Yarraville. The project design encompasses 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. 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 along Francis Street and Somerville Road set to come into effect once the tunnel begins operation in 2022. In response to concerns among local residents, the Andrews Government also announced additional truck bans along Hudsons Road between Booker Street and Melbourne Road, and along the full length of Blackshaws Road, from Melbourne Road to Grieve Parade. The West Gate Tunnel Project has undergone an extensive and robust planning assessment process, including through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) which has now concluded. Public involvement in the project’s development and EES process has resulted in design improvements and more than 100 requirements being applied to make sure possible environmental effects are well managed. As a result of the EES, a sixth air quality monitoring station will be positioned at Millers Road, in addition to the five air quality monitoring stations originally planned. Millers Road residents north of the West Gate Freeway will also be offered noise reduction options on their properties. This year, Minister for Roads, the Hon. Luke Donnellan also announced a corridor study to be conducted on Millers and Williamstown Roads to determine how we move people and freight now and in the future. The Corridor Study Group will examine potential challenges brought about by the Westgate Tunnel and will do so ensuring community and business needs are both sufficiently met. To access the Terms of Reference for the study, visit this website. The Andrews Government will continue to work constructively with individuals and organisations that raise concerns about the project and remains committed to working with the local community to avoid future adverse impacts. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Melbourne’s west, and when completed will ensure the sustainability and 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 and is an important part of the Andrews Government’s plans to give Melburnians more options and flexibility in how they move about our city. 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 provide a vital alternative to the Westgate Bridge, providing a direct link from the freeway to the Port of Melbourne via a tunnel under Yarraville. The project design encompasses 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. 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 along Francis Street and Somerville Road set to come into effect once the tunnel begins operation in 2022. In response to concerns among local residents, the Andrews Government also announced additional truck bans along Hudsons Road between Booker Street and Melbourne Road, and along the full length of Blackshaws Road, from Melbourne Road to Grieve Parade. The West Gate Tunnel Project has undergone an extensive and robust planning assessment process, including through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) which has now concluded. Public involvement in the project’s development and EES process has resulted in design improvements and more than 100 requirements being applied to make sure possible environmental effects are well managed. As a result of the EES, a sixth air quality monitoring station will be positioned at Millers Road, in addition to the five air quality monitoring stations originally planned. Millers Road residents north of the West Gate Freeway will also be offered noise reduction options on their properties. This year, Minister for Roads, the Hon. Luke Donnellan also announced a corridor study to be conducted on Millers and Williamstown Roads to determine how we move people and freight now and in the future. The Corridor Study Group will examine potential challenges brought about by the Westgate Tunnel and will do so ensuring community and business needs are both sufficiently met. To access the Terms of Reference for the study, visit this website. The Andrews Government will continue to work constructively with individuals and organisations that raise concerns about the project and remains committed to working with the local community to avoid future adverse impacts. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Melbourne’s west, and when completed will ensure the sustainability and liveability of the inner west.

SKY High and the Education Precinct

Parents in Yarraville, Seddon and Kingsville campaigned for more than a decade to establish a new government secondary school in the inner west and the Andrews Government is delivering one as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. In a major win for the growing number of families in the area, the Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocated more than $30 million to build a junior campus on Pilgrim Street in Seddon. This represents the single largest funding allocation ever made to an education project in the Williamstown electorate and comes after an allocation of $1.5 million for planning and $10.6 million for construction was made in past budgets. A transition plan will begin next year and a transition coordinator will be appointed to oversee the process. Under the plan: From 2020, Footscray City College will become a new senior campus for Years 10-12. From 2020, Gilmore College will be a co-educational junior campus for Years 7-9. A new secondary campus in Seddon will be a co-educational junior campus for Years 7-9, with construction to commence late this year and the first intake of Years 7 to 8 students scheduled for 2021. In 2019, Gilmore College will start changing its enrolments, with no Years 7 or 11 intake. Current Footscray City College students will complete their school education at the current site. We will appoint a Transition Coordinator in 2018 to develop individual transition plans for students. This project will ensure that every young person in the west has access to a great education and is supported in achieving what they want in the future. More information about the Footscray Learning Precinct can be found at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.

SKY High and the Education Precinct

Parents in Yarraville, Seddon and Kingsville campaigned for more than a decade to establish a new government secondary school in the inner west and the Andrews Government is delivering one as part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. In a major win for the growing number of families in the area, the Victorian Budget 2018/19 allocated more than $30 million to build a junior campus on Pilgrim Street in Seddon. This represents the single largest funding allocation ever made to an education project in the Williamstown electorate and comes after an allocation of $1.5 million for planning and $10.6 million for construction was made in past budgets. A transition plan will begin next year and a transition coordinator will be appointed to oversee the process. Under the plan: From 2020, Footscray City College will become a new senior campus for Years 10-12. From 2020, Gilmore College will be a co-educational junior campus for Years 7-9. A new secondary campus in Seddon will be a co-educational junior campus for Years 7-9, with construction to commence late this year and the first intake of Years 7 to 8 students scheduled for 2021. In 2019, Gilmore College will start changing its enrolments, with no Years 7 or 11 intake. Current Footscray City College students will complete their school education at the current site. We will appoint a Transition Coordinator in 2018 to develop individual transition plans for students. This project will ensure that every young person in the west has access to a great education and is supported in achieving what they want in the future. More information about the Footscray Learning Precinct can be found at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.

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 part of this new initiative, the Andrews Government contributed $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road. Since the roads were 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. The Andrews Government is committed to working alongside the community to improve air quality in Victoria and kicked off the conversation with Victorians to determine priorities for future air quality management in May 2018 with the Clean Air for All Victorians – Victoria’s Clean Air Statement. Wade Noonan MP and Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne, made a submission to the statement, calling for regular air quality monitoring, accessibility of air quality results and the enforcement of strict compliance measures. To read the full submission, visit Wade and Melissa's Air Quality Submission  

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 part of this new initiative, the Andrews Government contributed $1.85 million to support the redevelopment and sealing of Bunting Road and Jones Road. Since the roads were 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. The Andrews Government is committed to working alongside the community to improve air quality in Victoria and kicked off the conversation with Victorians to determine priorities for future air quality management in May 2018 with the Clean Air for All Victorians – Victoria’s Clean Air Statement. Wade Noonan MP and Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne, made a submission to the statement, calling for regular air quality monitoring, accessibility of air quality results and the enforcement of strict compliance measures. To read the full submission, visit Wade and Melissa's Air Quality Submission