• 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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HIGH CAPACITY METRO TRAINS PROJECT DELIVERS JOBS BOOST FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government’s investment in bigger and better trains continues to deliver new jobs for Melbourne’s west. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced 175 new positions at the Newport depot to build 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains for Melbourne over the next six years. A mix of semi-skilled manufacturing and skilled manufacturing roles are on offer, mainly consisting of electrical, mechanical trades, boilermakers, and vehicle builders. The Andrews Government’s big public transport projects are creating more than 1,800 jobs in the rolling stock and transport industries, with a recruitment drive underway to fill hundreds of positions across these industries. Workers in the automotive industry are encouraged to apply, as the project provides the perfect opportunity to utilise skills learnt in the vehicle industry to transition into a career in Victoria’s rolling stock industry. School-leavers and other young Victorians are also being urged to apply for one of 30 pre-apprenticeship positions, which are designed to potentially lead to apprenticeships on the HCMT project. The Certificate II in engineering studies will be provided through Chisholm TAFE, which will hold information sessions in November 2017 ahead of a February 2018 course start date. Interested Victorians are encouraged to regularly search popular jobs listing websites with search terms including: ‘High Capacity Metro Trains Project’ or ‘HCMT Project’. Job seekers can also directly apply through Downer Careers at downercareers.com/ For more information on the pre-apprenticeship program and how to apply for a scholarship visit chisholm.edu.au/downerpa Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Earlier this month we saw the closure of Toyota, so these new jobs couldn’t come at a more important time.” “This is the biggest train project in Victoria’s history and I am proud that locals will be building it.”  “This is about more than just building new rolling stock; it’s about positioning Victoria as a potential future train supplier to all of Australia and the rest of the world.”    

HIGH CAPACITY METRO TRAINS PROJECT DELIVERS JOBS BOOST FOR MELBOURNE’S WEST

The Andrews Labor Government’s investment in bigger and better trains continues to deliver new jobs for Melbourne’s west. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced 175 new positions at the Newport depot to build 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains for Melbourne over the next six years. A mix of semi-skilled manufacturing and skilled manufacturing roles are on offer, mainly consisting of electrical, mechanical trades, boilermakers, and vehicle builders. The Andrews Government’s big public transport projects are creating more than 1,800 jobs in the rolling stock and transport industries, with a recruitment drive underway to fill hundreds of positions across these industries. Workers in the automotive industry are encouraged to apply, as the project provides the perfect opportunity to utilise skills learnt in the vehicle industry to transition into a career in Victoria’s rolling stock industry. School-leavers and other young Victorians are also being urged to apply for one of 30 pre-apprenticeship positions, which are designed to potentially lead to apprenticeships on the HCMT project. The Certificate II in engineering studies will be provided through Chisholm TAFE, which will hold information sessions in November 2017 ahead of a February 2018 course start date. Interested Victorians are encouraged to regularly search popular jobs listing websites with search terms including: ‘High Capacity Metro Trains Project’ or ‘HCMT Project’. Job seekers can also directly apply through Downer Careers at downercareers.com/ For more information on the pre-apprenticeship program and how to apply for a scholarship visit chisholm.edu.au/downerpa Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan “Earlier this month we saw the closure of Toyota, so these new jobs couldn’t come at a more important time.” “This is the biggest train project in Victoria’s history and I am proud that locals will be building it.”  “This is about more than just building new rolling stock; it’s about positioning Victoria as a potential future train supplier to all of Australia and the rest of the world.”    

SUBSTANTIAL URBAN RENEWAL OPPORTUNITY IN INNER WEST

The Andrews Labor Government wants experienced developers to pitch their ideas on how to transform and revitalise a former transport site in Melbourne’s inner west. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced the registration of interest for the iconic development opportunity at 565-569 Melbourne Road Spotswood has opened. Rail landowners VicTrack have released the land to market, as it is no longer required for transport purposes. Community engagement will constitute an essential aspect of the selection process, and prospective purchasers will need to demonstrate a willingness to develop ideas in conjunction with local stakeholders. This will help ensure that the land is put to best possible use, and the local heritage of the site is preserved. The successful developer will be responsible for remediating the site and securing all necessary planning approvals, and VicTrack will work with the developer to preserve and incorporate its heritage into the project. The 4.7 hectares of prime development land in the City of Hobsons Bay contains the former ‘Ways & Works Railway Workshop’. Parties interested in acquiring the site are invited to respond to a registration of interest (ROI) by 2 November 2017. Shortlisted developers will be asked to produce a more detailed submission and concept plan in response to an Expression of Interest. A preferred purchaser will be selected in early 2018 and under contract soon after. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan "This is a wonderful opportunity to unlock a gateway site in Hobsons Bay whilst preserving the heritage of the area." "I’m confident the development of this old railway land will continue Spotswood’s urban renewal."  

SUBSTANTIAL URBAN RENEWAL OPPORTUNITY IN INNER WEST

The Andrews Labor Government wants experienced developers to pitch their ideas on how to transform and revitalise a former transport site in Melbourne’s inner west. Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced the registration of interest for the iconic development opportunity at 565-569 Melbourne Road Spotswood has opened. Rail landowners VicTrack have released the land to market, as it is no longer required for transport purposes. Community engagement will constitute an essential aspect of the selection process, and prospective purchasers will need to demonstrate a willingness to develop ideas in conjunction with local stakeholders. This will help ensure that the land is put to best possible use, and the local heritage of the site is preserved. The successful developer will be responsible for remediating the site and securing all necessary planning approvals, and VicTrack will work with the developer to preserve and incorporate its heritage into the project. The 4.7 hectares of prime development land in the City of Hobsons Bay contains the former ‘Ways & Works Railway Workshop’. Parties interested in acquiring the site are invited to respond to a registration of interest (ROI) by 2 November 2017. Shortlisted developers will be asked to produce a more detailed submission and concept plan in response to an Expression of Interest. A preferred purchaser will be selected in early 2018 and under contract soon after. Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan "This is a wonderful opportunity to unlock a gateway site in Hobsons Bay whilst preserving the heritage of the area." "I’m confident the development of this old railway land will continue Spotswood’s urban renewal."  

Statement from Wade Noonan

As Victorian Labor's preselection process for the 2018 State Election is now underway, I wish to announce that I will not be seeking preselection for the seat of Williamstown. I entered politics because I wanted to help people - to make a difference in the lives of others and to be a voice for those who needed to be heard.  I have fully embraced this opportunity and have worked hard to do all that I could. After 10 years in public life, I'm satisfied that I've achieved everything that I set for myself. It's now time for new challenges and new opportunities beyond politics. It's been the greatest honour of my life to serve as the Member for Williamstown, and the Minister for Industry and Employment, Minister for Resources, and previously, Minister for Police and Corrections, particularly during this period of the Andrews Labor Government. There have been many wonderful highlights during my time, including supporting our paramedics and families to secure a stronger ambulance service, helping save Alcoa in Portland, securing Australia's first worker transfer scheme in the Latrobe Valley, and the rollout of the Jobs Victoria program to assist disadvantaged people into work. I'm extremely proud of the many investments that have been made in schools, community facilities, roads, public transport and our local hospital in the Williamstown Electorate since 2007. None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary leadership of Premier Daniel Andrews and the entire Labor team. I thank the Premier and my colleagues for their support and confidence. I also thank each of my hard-working staff, led by my chief and friend, Bob Stensholt. Their commitment and loyalty has been outstanding. Finally, I want to thank my wife Julie, and our sons, Will and Henry, who have always been my greatest inspiration. Given my decision not to contest the next election, I have decided to vacate my Ministerial position, effective immediately. I remain committed to serving the people of the Williamstown Electorate until November 2018 and helping the re-election of the Andrews Labor Government.

Statement from Wade Noonan

As Victorian Labor's preselection process for the 2018 State Election is now underway, I wish to announce that I will not be seeking preselection for the seat of Williamstown. I entered politics because I wanted to help people - to make a difference in the lives of others and to be a voice for those who needed to be heard.  I have fully embraced this opportunity and have worked hard to do all that I could. After 10 years in public life, I'm satisfied that I've achieved everything that I set for myself. It's now time for new challenges and new opportunities beyond politics. It's been the greatest honour of my life to serve as the Member for Williamstown, and the Minister for Industry and Employment, Minister for Resources, and previously, Minister for Police and Corrections, particularly during this period of the Andrews Labor Government. There have been many wonderful highlights during my time, including supporting our paramedics and families to secure a stronger ambulance service, helping save Alcoa in Portland, securing Australia's first worker transfer scheme in the Latrobe Valley, and the rollout of the Jobs Victoria program to assist disadvantaged people into work. I'm extremely proud of the many investments that have been made in schools, community facilities, roads, public transport and our local hospital in the Williamstown Electorate since 2007. None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary leadership of Premier Daniel Andrews and the entire Labor team. I thank the Premier and my colleagues for their support and confidence. I also thank each of my hard-working staff, led by my chief and friend, Bob Stensholt. Their commitment and loyalty has been outstanding. Finally, I want to thank my wife Julie, and our sons, Will and Henry, who have always been my greatest inspiration. Given my decision not to contest the next election, I have decided to vacate my Ministerial position, effective immediately. I remain committed to serving the people of the Williamstown Electorate until November 2018 and helping the re-election of the Andrews Labor Government.

Members Statement: School breakfast clubs

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — One of the unsung investments of the Andrews government is the $13.7 million to establish the school breakfast clubs program for 500 of the most disadvantaged government primary schools in Victoria over four years. The program is managed by Foodbank Victoria, the largest food welfare agency in Australia. Foodbank Victoria delivers free healthy food supplies to participating schools, enabling a school breakfast club to run during the course of the school week. I had the privilege of visiting the Altona North Primary School breakfast club last Friday morning to meet the teachers and volunteers delivering the program. I was also able to serve breakfast to a good number of enthusiastic young students as they quizzed me about various issues, such as football and politics. It is clear the breakfast club program is making a difference, and I want to thank the Altona North Primary School community, led by principal Robyn Gregson, for their commitment to give every one of their students the best start in life.

Members Statement: School breakfast clubs

Mr NOONAN (Minister for Industry and Employment) — One of the unsung investments of the Andrews government is the $13.7 million to establish the school breakfast clubs program for 500 of the most disadvantaged government primary schools in Victoria over four years. The program is managed by Foodbank Victoria, the largest food welfare agency in Australia. Foodbank Victoria delivers free healthy food supplies to participating schools, enabling a school breakfast club to run during the course of the school week. I had the privilege of visiting the Altona North Primary School breakfast club last Friday morning to meet the teachers and volunteers delivering the program. I was also able to serve breakfast to a good number of enthusiastic young students as they quizzed me about various issues, such as football and politics. It is clear the breakfast club program is making a difference, and I want to thank the Altona North Primary School community, led by principal Robyn Gregson, for their commitment to give every one of their students the best start in life.

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.