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  

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.

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.