Campaigns

REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

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

REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

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

The West Gate Tunnel Project

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

The West Gate Tunnel Project

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

Air Pollution in Brooklyn

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

Air Pollution in Brooklyn

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

Investing in Local Schools

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

Investing in Local Schools

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

SKY High and the Education Precinct

For more than a decade, residents in Yarraville, Seddon and Kingsville have been campaigning for a local high school. The growing number of families in the area meant the project was increasingly becoming a priority. Delivering on our election commitment, the Andrews Labor Government provided $1.5 million to kick start planning for the new Footscray Learning Precinct, a national first in integrating learning at all levels, and in the 2017/18 State Budget an additional $10.6 million has been provided for construction. More information about the Footscray Learning Precinct can be found at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.  

SKY High and the Education Precinct

For more than a decade, residents in Yarraville, Seddon and Kingsville have been campaigning for a local high school. The growing number of families in the area meant the project was increasingly becoming a priority. Delivering on our election commitment, the Andrews Labor Government provided $1.5 million to kick start planning for the new Footscray Learning Precinct, a national first in integrating learning at all levels, and in the 2017/18 State Budget an additional $10.6 million has been provided for construction. More information about the Footscray Learning Precinct can be found at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.  

Port Phillip Woollen Mills site

Over the past few years, local residents of Williamstown have been campaigning against the development of a series of high rise properties on the Port Phillip Woollen Mills site at the end of Nelson’s Place. On the 24 February 2015, the Hobsons Bay City Council voted unanimously to approve the Planning Scheme Amendments which would limit any development on the Woollen Mills site to 25 metres. This was the original recommendation by the Port Phillip Woollen Mill Advisory Committee Report. The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has now approved the planning scheme amendment keeping any development to a maximum of 25 metres over 60% of the area. The planning scheme also introduces a development contributions plan overlay for new local infrastructure and requires a coastal hazard vulnerability assessment. This is a victory for common sense in Williamstown as well as the wider Williamstown community who have fought hard for this outcome.

Port Phillip Woollen Mills site

Over the past few years, local residents of Williamstown have been campaigning against the development of a series of high rise properties on the Port Phillip Woollen Mills site at the end of Nelson’s Place. On the 24 February 2015, the Hobsons Bay City Council voted unanimously to approve the Planning Scheme Amendments which would limit any development on the Woollen Mills site to 25 metres. This was the original recommendation by the Port Phillip Woollen Mill Advisory Committee Report. The Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has now approved the planning scheme amendment keeping any development to a maximum of 25 metres over 60% of the area. The planning scheme also introduces a development contributions plan overlay for new local infrastructure and requires a coastal hazard vulnerability assessment. This is a victory for common sense in Williamstown as well as the wider Williamstown community who have fought hard for this outcome.