As a community, we face many challenges.  Services have to keep pace with growing demand, and new industries must emerge to take the place of those that have been left wither by the Federal Government.  We can’t afford to leave the future of our area to chance: we have to plan our local infrastructure well so that education, health and transport services are able to keep delivering for the community, while also fostering local employment opportunities.  Melissa is committed to delivering a plan for Williamstown which allows it to grow and prosper, while still maintaining its unique character.

SCHOOL EDUCATION

As the mother of school aged children, Melissa knows how important education is.  She’s proud that the Andrews Government has invested $5 billion to make Victoria the Education State, improving outcomes for every student, in every classroom, in every school, and for all communities.

Melissa started the campaign for a new local high school when the Liberals were in power, but it took the Andrews Government to commit to building a new high school for the Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville areas.

The Footscra​y Learning Precinct will champion excellence in learning and teaching in Melbourne’s inner west at all stages of education. The precinct will build on the richness and div​ersity of the community and will provide opportunities for learning in a whole new way.

The Precinct will create one new secondary school with three campuses – two junior and one senior campus . The Precinct will also include Footscray City Primary School and Footscray Primary school and an early learning centre situated next to Footscray City Primary School.​

$15.4 million has been allocated to the development of the Precinct facilities over three budgets. The 2018-19 Budget has invested a further $29 million for the brand new Seddon Secondary Campus.

LOCAL HEALTH CARE

A new $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital

The new Footscray Hospital will give local families access to the world class health facilities they deserve.

  • The $1.5 billion investment will cut waiting times and allow almost 15,000 extra patients to be treated every year, as well as supporting almost 20,000 more emergency department admissions.
  • The new hospital will be a major hub for specialist health services in the west and will also include a major expansion of mental health care.
  • That’s on top of the Supercare Pharmacy already delivered in Yarraville, giving families, shift workers and others who need non-emergency care, access to a pharmacy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • And we’re upgrading security at Williamstown Hospital – to keep our dedicated healthcare workers safe at work.

QUALITY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Better transport for all of us

We’re upgrading our roads & public transport in the inner west to get you home to spend more time with your family.

Getting trucks off our streets

The West Gate Tunnel is delivering massive benefits for the inner west – taking more than 9,000 trucks a day off local roads and making sure that there are truck bans in place through new legislation. The project will create nine hectares of new public open space and deliver an unprecedented package of upgrades to community facilities across the west. For the first time, cyclists and pedestrians will be separated from cars and trucks for the entire journey from Werribee to the CBD by completing the Federation Trail and the missing links in the Kororoit Creek Trail.

More public transport when you need it

The new metro timetable will see 35 extra weekday services at Newport, Spotswood, Yarraville and Seddon. We’ve removed the level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road and duplicated part of the Altona loop, making it safer and more reliable. We’ll also get on with the job of removing the level crossing at Ferguson Street Williamstown from 2019. We’ve delivered trains that run all night on weekends. Labor’s building the new High Capacity Metro Trains right here in Newport – that means more trains in the future and local jobs right here, right now.

SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE

Victoria is booming – but we have to make sure we all share the benefits of our economic success.

The Andrews Government knows that the shape of Victorian industry is changing, and that we need to make sure that people can take the opportunities that our changing opportunities provides, and that industry can continue to benefit from our highly skilled local workforce.  Free TAFE was announced in a range of courses where our State urgently needs graduates in the last budget.

Around 30,000 students will access the free courses, with $300 million of the package creating new classrooms,and enrolments. This builds on this government’s rescue of the TAFE system left in ruins by the Liberals.

Nowhere is this investment more important than locally in Williamstown, with the automotive and shipbuilding industries left to wither by the Federal Liberal Government.  With new industry and opportunities, Melissa will make sure that the right training opportunities are in place for the industries of tomorrow, so we get to share in Victoria’s economic success.