• 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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NEW LINK IN KOROROIT CREEK TRAIL

From walkers to cyclists, even more Victorians can look forward to making tracks on a longer Kororoit Creek Trail. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, joined representatives from Hobsons Bay City Council in Altona today to officially launch the new 2.5km section of the trail, made possible by a $650,000 Andrews Government grant. We’re getting on with delivering safe and inclusive sport and recreation facilities that better connect our communities. This new 2.5km section of the 7.5km missing link of the Kororoit Creek Trail weaves through Melbourne’s West, running from Grieve Parade to Barnes Road in Altona North and links the Altona, Altona North and Brooklyn communities. Locals can now walk and cycle to work, home or any number of places, avoiding busy roads whilst enjoying some of the best natural coastal scenery in their own backyard. The completed Kororoit Creek Trail is expected to attract around 5,000 journeys a week by commuters, recreational cyclists and joggers. The new Kororoit Creek Trail extension was funded in partnership with the Hobsons Bay City Council and Toyota, with input from the Friends of the Lower Kororoit Creek. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 invested $332.8 million to improve sports facilities – from grassroots to elite – to cement Victoria’s reputation as the sporting capital of the world. And we are upgrading more grassroots sport and recreation facilities just like this across the state thanks to our $110 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The Fund includes $14 million for female friendly facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms.

NEW LINK IN KOROROIT CREEK TRAIL

From walkers to cyclists, even more Victorians can look forward to making tracks on a longer Kororoit Creek Trail. Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan, joined representatives from Hobsons Bay City Council in Altona today to officially launch the new 2.5km section of the trail, made possible by a $650,000 Andrews Government grant. We’re getting on with delivering safe and inclusive sport and recreation facilities that better connect our communities. This new 2.5km section of the 7.5km missing link of the Kororoit Creek Trail weaves through Melbourne’s West, running from Grieve Parade to Barnes Road in Altona North and links the Altona, Altona North and Brooklyn communities. Locals can now walk and cycle to work, home or any number of places, avoiding busy roads whilst enjoying some of the best natural coastal scenery in their own backyard. The completed Kororoit Creek Trail is expected to attract around 5,000 journeys a week by commuters, recreational cyclists and joggers. The new Kororoit Creek Trail extension was funded in partnership with the Hobsons Bay City Council and Toyota, with input from the Friends of the Lower Kororoit Creek. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 invested $332.8 million to improve sports facilities – from grassroots to elite – to cement Victoria’s reputation as the sporting capital of the world. And we are upgrading more grassroots sport and recreation facilities just like this across the state thanks to our $110 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The Fund includes $14 million for female friendly facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms.

NEW PEAK HOUR SERVICES FOR WERRIBEE LINE PASSENGERS

The Andrews Labor Government will add 10 more train services in the peak, every week on the Werribee line from 27 August. Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced the timetable for the new morning and evening peak services, which will reduce waiting and crowding at the busiest times. A new morning service will leave Werribee at 8.15am and an extra evening service will leave Flinders Street at 5.18pm – getting more people home quicker at the end of the day. On top of this, 37 daily services that currently stop at Newport will be extended to stop at all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street, making it quicker and easier to get to and from the city. Nineteen trains to Altona that currently originate at Newport will run from Flinders Street, while 18 services from Werribee will be extended to the city, stopping all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street. These are the last of the remaining shuttle services introduced by the former Liberal Government, which force passengers to transfer at Newport to get to the city, and to get back home at the end of the day. Detailed planning is also underway to duplicate around 800 metres of track on the Altona Loop, as part of removing the dangerous level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North. This will improve reliability and reduce the likelihood of trains bypassing the loop due to network disruptions. The new timetable released today adds 30 weekly peak time services across the Werribee, Craigieburn and Sunbury lines from August – creating space for around 27,000 extra trips each week. The Labor Government has invested nearly $4 billion in new trains since it came to office, including 19 new X’Trapolis trains and 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains. The Labor Government is also getting on with building the Metro Tunnel, removing dangerous and congested level crossings and installing new high-tech signalling to run more trains, more often. The timings of buses that connect with trains will be adjusted to reflect the train new timetable. The new timetables are available at ptv.vic.gov.au.

NEW PEAK HOUR SERVICES FOR WERRIBEE LINE PASSENGERS

The Andrews Labor Government will add 10 more train services in the peak, every week on the Werribee line from 27 August. Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced the timetable for the new morning and evening peak services, which will reduce waiting and crowding at the busiest times. A new morning service will leave Werribee at 8.15am and an extra evening service will leave Flinders Street at 5.18pm – getting more people home quicker at the end of the day. On top of this, 37 daily services that currently stop at Newport will be extended to stop at all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street, making it quicker and easier to get to and from the city. Nineteen trains to Altona that currently originate at Newport will run from Flinders Street, while 18 services from Werribee will be extended to the city, stopping all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street. These are the last of the remaining shuttle services introduced by the former Liberal Government, which force passengers to transfer at Newport to get to the city, and to get back home at the end of the day. Detailed planning is also underway to duplicate around 800 metres of track on the Altona Loop, as part of removing the dangerous level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North. This will improve reliability and reduce the likelihood of trains bypassing the loop due to network disruptions. The new timetable released today adds 30 weekly peak time services across the Werribee, Craigieburn and Sunbury lines from August – creating space for around 27,000 extra trips each week. The Labor Government has invested nearly $4 billion in new trains since it came to office, including 19 new X’Trapolis trains and 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains. The Labor Government is also getting on with building the Metro Tunnel, removing dangerous and congested level crossings and installing new high-tech signalling to run more trains, more often. The timings of buses that connect with trains will be adjusted to reflect the train new timetable. The new timetables are available at ptv.vic.gov.au.

Members Statement: Queen’s Birthday Honours

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — Today I rise to congratulate two members of the Williamstown electorate who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours, both being awarded the Order of Australia Medal. During her 99 years of life Ella Bambery has had a huge impact throughout Williamstown and Victoria. Her achievements begin with performing for servicemen and personnel at internment and prisoner-of-war camps and hospitals during World War II. In 1949 Ella joined the Williamstown Little Theatre, serving as a performer, committee member and treasurer until the 1980s. Ella has also been a volunteer and phone counsellor for 13 years and has volunteered with both the Southern Cross nursing home in Newport and Meals on Wheels. I think that this level of recognition is only fitting for someone who has devoted decades of her life to her community, as Ella has. Terry Heazlewood has also received overdue recognition. Many universities and students within Australia and other countries, including New Zealand, Cambodia, China, and England, have benefited from Terry's service to higher education. Years spent devoted to the tertiary sector, mainly in accounting, culminated in Terry being appointed the foundation professor of accounting at Charles Sturt University. Despite his incredible commitment to tertiary education, Terry has also found time to devote himself to charity, having been a member of the Lions Club for over 40 years and holding several positions. I would like to congratulate Ella and Terry on the recognition they have received and the contributions they have made to the Williamstown electorate and Victoria.

Members Statement: Queen’s Birthday Honours

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — Today I rise to congratulate two members of the Williamstown electorate who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours, both being awarded the Order of Australia Medal. During her 99 years of life Ella Bambery has had a huge impact throughout Williamstown and Victoria. Her achievements begin with performing for servicemen and personnel at internment and prisoner-of-war camps and hospitals during World War II. In 1949 Ella joined the Williamstown Little Theatre, serving as a performer, committee member and treasurer until the 1980s. Ella has also been a volunteer and phone counsellor for 13 years and has volunteered with both the Southern Cross nursing home in Newport and Meals on Wheels. I think that this level of recognition is only fitting for someone who has devoted decades of her life to her community, as Ella has. Terry Heazlewood has also received overdue recognition. Many universities and students within Australia and other countries, including New Zealand, Cambodia, China, and England, have benefited from Terry's service to higher education. Years spent devoted to the tertiary sector, mainly in accounting, culminated in Terry being appointed the foundation professor of accounting at Charles Sturt University. Despite his incredible commitment to tertiary education, Terry has also found time to devote himself to charity, having been a member of the Lions Club for over 40 years and holding several positions. I would like to congratulate Ella and Terry on the recognition they have received and the contributions they have made to the Williamstown electorate and Victoria.

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 perfect their skills day and night."

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 perfect their skills day and night."

Campaigns

REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

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

REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

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

The West Gate Tunnel Project

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

The West Gate Tunnel Project

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

Air Pollution in Brooklyn

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

Air Pollution in Brooklyn

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

Investing in Local Schools

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

Investing in Local Schools

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