The electorate of Williamstown is diverse, comprised of residential, industrial and park areas. It includes the suburbs of Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood, Yarraville, Seddon, Kingsville, and South Kingsville, as well as parts of Altona, Altona North and Brooklyn. View the Williamstown Electoral Boundaries here.
The electorate of Williamstown has a rich history that spans long before the arrival of colonisers in the area in 1835. The land on which the electorate of Williamstown is situated is traditionally owned by two clans of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. The Yalukit Willam meaning “river home” or “people of the river” lived within the 5km strip at the top of Port Phillip Bay. The Marin-Balluk lived in the area between Kororoit Creek and the Maribyrnong River. Read more about Williamstown here and here.
Williamstown’s settler history began in 1835 following the arrival of John Batman. Suburbs in the Williamstown electorate soon became industrial hubs that provided manufacturing and building jobs to thousands of working-class people. Rich with heritage, our electorate is home to the oldest port, pier, lighthouse, maritime industry, naval dockyards, railway workshops, and train station in Australia.
Today, the electorate has many remnants of its industrial history, and also enjoys a diverse population and a high volume of families. Some of the West’s top attractions include the Sun Theatre, Scienceworks, and the Newport Substation.
Some of the key initiatives of the Andrew’s Labor Government for Williamstown include:
- A new local high school (SKY High) for the Seddon, Kingsville, and Yarraville area, as a part of the Footscray Learning Precinct. SKY High’s Seddon campus has been allocated $29 million, with this initiative part of the state government’s $5 billion investment to make Victoria the Education State.
- $3.8 million additional funding for Altona North Primary School to build new classrooms and learning areas.
- The removal of two dangerous and congested level crossings on Kororoit Creek Road and Ferguson Street in Williamstown, making it faster and safer for pedestrians, drivers and public transport users to travel through these areas.
- The Westgate Tunnel Project – creating a long overdue alternative to the West Gate Bridge that will slash travel times, get trucks off our local roads and improve bike paths and trails for cyclists.
- A master plan for Yarraville Oval, including a commitment of $200,000 to ensure that the facility can keep up with its increasing demand.