The Western Metropolitan Partnership Business Forum 2019

The Business Forum was hosted by the Western Metropolitan Partnership on October 24, 2019 at the Refectory, Werribee Park and was attended by more than 80 stakeholders.

Business leaders, industry specialists and stakeholders from across the whole of Melbourne's west came to explore and share their ideas for growing businesses and jobs in the region.

The forum facilitated participants exploring ways to grow and strengthen the local economy during a period of rapid growth, as well as share ideas about what support is needed from industry and government to assist regional jobs and skills development and liveability.

Special guests speakers included the former Victorian Premier, Hon Steve Bracks AC, MInister for Suburban Development, Hon Marlene Kairouz MP, The Hon Melissa Horne MP, and the Acting Chair of the Western Metropolitan Partnership, Professor Peter Dawkins.

The Minister for Suburban Development, Hon Marlene Kairouz MP said, “I’m excited to see our Western Metropolitan Partnership sharing their insights on how we can continue to work towards developing a strong local economy in the West. The Victorian Government is committed to developing a strong economic future for Melbourne’s west and the work of Western Metropolitan Partnership will be vital in identifying relevant issues and opportunities in their region”.

The Western Metropolitan Partnership is one of six Metropolitan Partnerships established by the Victorian government in 2017. Melbourne's Western Metropolitan Region extends from the inner suburbs of Moonee Ponds, Footscray and Williamstown, through the middle-ring suburbs of Essendon, Maribyrnong, Sunshine and Altona, to the growth area suburbs surrounding Werribee and Melton.

Metropolitan Partnerships offer a way for local communities to speak directly with decision makers in state and local governments on the priorities and issues that matter most to their region.

The shared experiences and ideas helped informed the Western Metropolitan Partnership’s annual advice to the Victorian Government.

For more information, visit Western Metropolitan Partnership webpage

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