Since being elected in 2018, I have been proud to be part of a government that gets things done, from making sure our kids get the education they deserve, to building historic infrastructure projects. Below is a list of things we have achieved for the community, and funding we have announced in this time:

  • $123,192 from the Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Fund has been provided to Home Road Kindergarten to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities or additional needs. This includes new playground equipment, a new mud kitchen, dirt digging path, vertical planters and musical planters.
  • Newport Gardens Primary School will be more inclusive for local students and families, with $200,000 from the Inclusive Schools Fund going to an outdoor sensory area.
  • The Children’s Facilities Capital Program has seen $2,680 in minor IT grants go to Altona Gate Kindergarten and Gowrie Victoria Early Learning Centre.
  • Williamstown Community & Education Centre and Yarraville Community Centre have benefited from $74, 500 in Learn Local grants to fund adult education programs that assist members of the community to enter the workforce.
  • $1.2 million to upgrade Williamstown High School’s Year 12 study centre and complete the school’s theatre complex.
  • $195,347 in School Readiness Funding in Williamstownfor new programs, supports and extra staffing across 21 kindergartens ─ helping them provide world-class early education and give children the best start in life.
  • $230.4 million to extend the single biggest boost to individual learning support in the state’s history – allowing Victorian schools to retain the tutors that supported students throughout 2021, with at least one tutor in all government schools. This will make sure that not one school student in Williamstown is left behind in the wake of the pandemic, with the state’s successful tutor program to continue until the end of 2022.
  • $10.2 million investment in Wembley Primary School to upgrade and modernise the school’s main building as part of the Victorian 2021/22 Budget. Not only will this give our students new classrooms and learning spaces, it’ll create good jobs for Victorians.
  • The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out three-year-old kinder for every Victorian child. Every child in Williamstown will have access to at least five hours of funded kinder per week, increasing to 15 hours by 2029. Families will save $1150 on average, while an extra 6,000 roles for qualified early childhood teachers and educators will also be created.
  • $600,000 Building Blocks capacity grant for One Tree Altona North Children’s Centre.
  • Yarraville Special Development School will receive up to $75,000 per year over the next four years for their new outside school hours care service. The funding will help establish new services, and provide support for costs including resources or equipment, setup and administration, facility upgrades, small service viability and transport
  • $6.7 million upgrade for Bayside P-12 College to modernise the school including the Maths and Science Blocks. This investment builds on the $1.18 billion as part of the Building Works Package which is creating space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and creating around 1,600 local construction jobs.
  • Completion of the brand-new Footscray High School’s $29.2 million Pilgrim Campus in Seddon, providing a second campus for the school’s junior years program from Term 1, 2021. It joins the Barkly Campus (Years 7-9) and the Kinnear Campus (Years 10-12) as the secondary school’s third site.
  • $5.47 million upgrade for Yarraville Special Developmental School, supporting students and the wider community as part of Victorian Budget 2020/21. Making sure students have the classrooms, libraries and learning spaces they deserve.

  • The $10 million West Gate Neighbourhood Fund has been established to fund innovative projects that connect people in the community and improve local neighbourhoods.
  • $650,000 worth of works recently commenced on Gem Pier. These preservation works will see the replacement and repair of piles beneath the Pier as part of the Better Recreational Facilities Initiative.
  • The historic Point Gellibrand Seawall in Williamstown will be repaired or fully reconstructed as part of the Victorian Government’s $21 million Urban Parks Active Wellbeing program, making the structure safe and functional for years to come.
  • Essential road and rail works including the removal of Williamstown’s busy Ferguson Street level crossing. Up to 50,000 cubic metres of rock will now be excavated to lower the rail line under the road – removing this dangerous and congested level crossing for good.
  • Opening of the new accessible pedestrian bridge to the public as part of the West Gate Tunnel project, making Spotswood and Yarraville safer and better connected. This new pedestrian overpass crosses the West Gate Freeway – giving communities in the west better access to services like schools and retail on either side of the freeway.
  • Building more than 12,000 new homes as part of the biggest investment in public and community housing in Australia in the 2020/21 state budget. Making sure thousands of Victorians have a place to call home, and thousands more Victorians have a job. The City of Maribyrnong is a priority area for investment, with procurement starting straight away to build new homes.
  • World class healthcare will be available right here in the inner west, as the Andrews government gets on with building the $1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital.
  • Community Shade grants program, $15,223 in funding for shade and sun protection has been provided to several local sporting clubs and community groups as part of the Community Shade grants program.
  • As part of the School Shade Grants Program, $570 will go to shade and sun protection for Williamstown North Primary School.
  • The successful launch of pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Australian Islamic Centre in Newport, with translators and medical staff from the community providing support in Arabic, making getting vaccinated even easier for residents in Melbourne’s inner. The tailored and culturally appropriate approach to vaccinations aimed to reduce barriers by offering vaccinations in a familiar setting amongst trusted members of the community. The clinic was established by the Muslim community of Melbourne in partnership with the Victorian Government.
  • The successful launch of pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Bayside College Altona North Campus as part of our plan to prioritise the 3025 postcode to keep our community safe.
  • $40,000 for Hobsons Bay to continue to connect isolated Victorians to a range of supports to reduce loneliness and social isolation and encourage people to re-engage with their local communities. Locals experiencing social disconnection due to coronavirus benefited from over $4.44 million in the Victorian Budget 2020-21to extend the delivery of its Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) initiative.

  • Williamstown will benefit with funding for a new pocket park forming part of a $35 million initiative to repurpose small pockets of land in built-up suburban areas.
  • $53,592 in funding from the Growing Victoria’s botanic Gardens Grants Program will support the rejuvenation of the iconic Williamstown Botanic Gardens.
  • The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in the west with an unprecedented $5 million to plant half a million trees in Melbourne’s western suburbs including Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay
  • From 2025 all new buses will be zero emission, with the first route with the first Victorian built, fully electric bus travelling right here in this electorate
  • $500,000 for greening Brooklyn’s Pipeline Reserve and $346,000 to upgrade GJ Hosken Reserve and deliver a magnificent regional park.
  • The West Gate Tunnel Project also has significant investment in unprecedented tree planting in addition to $5 million to an open space enhancement package in Hobsons Bay.
  • Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay City Councils have each been granted $300,000 in funding to support improvements of Cruickshank Park in Yarraville and MacLean Reserve in Williamstown, and to give locals more reason to get outdoors. This funding will greatly benefit the communities of Yarraville and Williamstown by encouraging us to make the most of our parks.
  • Inner west air quality has been put on the agenda with wide ranging policy initiatives in our transport, planning and freight sectors.
  • VicArts Grants totalling $34,900 will fund a range of projects by local artists and organisations, including short stories, sculptures and script development.
  • $35,000 in Creative Learning Partnerships funding for Altona North Primary School.
  • Mantra Studio Kitchen & Bar in Yarraville will be receiving $80,000 under the Victorian Live Music Venues program, to support the local music scene following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • $30,000 of funding for the development of Maribyrnong City Council’s Road Safety Strategy & Action Plan 2019-28 through the TAC Towards Zero Community Grants Program.
  • As part of the North Williamstown level crossing removal, Ferguson Street is getting a facelift with signalised pedestrian crossings to make it safer for locals.
  • The intersections of Melbourne Road and Mason Street in Newport, Ferguson Street and Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown and Dousa Road and Millers Road in Altona North were upgraded with sensors and high definition cameras to detect how many people are waiting at a crossing and adjust the crossing time accordingly – keeping pedestrians moving, and cutting idle time for motorists when crossings are quiet.
  • New laws implemented in April 2021 mean that road users need to keep 1 meter distance when passing cyclists if they are travelling under 60km/h, and 1.5 meters distance if travelling over 60km/h.
  • 20 kilometres of new pop-up bike lanes will connect shopping precincts and schools from Footscray to Yarraville.
  • $1.4 million jointly funded project with the Victorian and Australian Governments to upgrade the corner of Buckley and Victoria St in Seddon, including a fully controlled right-hand turn.

  • Sporting Club grants provide local clubs with funding for things such as new equipment, training courses and new uniforms. This program has seen grants totalling over $22,450 provided to local sporting clubs.
  • A $200,000 commitment as part of the master plan for Yarraville Oval. This will ensure that the facility can keep up with its increasing demand.
  • $52,000 worth of grants have been approved as part of the Government’s $40 million Community Sport Sector Short-term COVID-19 Survival Package. These $1,000 grants will make it that little bit easier for clubs to support players and volunteers to start to train together again and look to a return to competition.
  • WLJ Crofts Reserve in Altona North and Donald McLean Reserve in Spotswood are being overhauled with funding from the Andrews Labor Government as part of the West Gate Tunnel Project. This will include refurbished and realigned ovals, floodlighting, relocated and newly built cricket nets, and upgraded landscaping at Crofts Reserve.
  • Local rugby, soccer, football, netball and cricket in Williamstown and Newport now have some fantastic new sports facilities to call their own at Bayside College Paisley and Williamstown campuses.
  • $1.1 million from the Victorian Government went towards the Paisley Campus facility upgrades from the 2018-19Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The Victorian Government also provided $1.2 million towards the Williamstown Campus upgrades from the 2018-19 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
  • $11.3 million is being put towards the Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club for their clubhouse redevelopment, providing upgraded facilities to all who use the club rooms.
  • $500,000 for a pop-up park in Yarraville Village as apart of the Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package to help venues get back in business.