The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership’s first annual assembly will take place on 31 August 2017.

Join the conversation now and help shape the future of the region. Visit Engage Victoria to have your say or register your interest in attending the assembly.

Phil Murton, Deputy Chair, Eastern Partnership

Bringing your thoughts and advice to government

The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership will work closely with its community to identify and address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region, by bringing together and facilitating stronger collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and all levels of government.

The Partnership will look for opportunities to drive improved social, economic and environmental outcomes and advise the government on actions that can make a real difference to the liveability and prosperity of their region.

The Eastern Region

Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region spans middle ring suburban neighbourhoods of Oakleigh, Box Hill and Doncaster to the mountain-ash forests of the Dandenong Ranges and the vineyards of the Yarra Valley in the far north east. The Region is also home to many well established suburbs such as Ringwood, Knox and Boronia, characterised by the transition between the built and natural environments.

Melbourne’s Eastern Metropolitan Region is the traditional home of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Read more about the Eastern Region.

Who to talk to and look out for

The Partnerships are generally made up of 15 members from across each of the six metropolitan regions. Membership includes eight community and business representatives with varied backgrounds, experiences and networks, the CEO of each of local government in that region, a Deputy Secretary from the Victorian State Government, and a representative from the Commonwealth Government.

Robin Whyte  Robin is the CEO at Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. She has extensive experience in health policy and strategy, service system reform and health care improvement. Chair
Phil Murton Phil is CEO of the Eastern Football League, the largest community football/netball league in Australia with over 600 teams. He is Deputy Chair of the Key Leaders Group for Knox Communities That Care and was a member of the Knox Council Recreation and Leisure Liaison Group. Phil has degrees in Human Movement (Hons), Education and an MBA from Monash Business School. Deputy Chair
Kristian Dauncey Kristian is the CEO of Knoxbrooke Inc. a leading disability service in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He has a commercial background, working in Australia and overseas. Member
Susan Maastricht Susan is the Executive Director of the Lilydale Lakeside Campus at Boxhill Institute and a registered veterinarian with diverse clinical, operational and senior management experience in university, research institute and education settings. Member
Simon O’Callaghan Simon is the CEO of Yarra Ranges Tourism. He was a member of the Melbourne East Regional Development Australia Committee and held the positions of Chair and director of the Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centres. Member
David Plunkett David is the CEO of Eastern Health and has extensive executive and senior management experience in the public and private sectors. He has a clinical background as a registered nurse and holds an MBA. Member
Fiona Purcell Fiona is the CEO of the Outer Eastern Local Learning and Employment Network. She has had extensive experience working with local schools, TAFE, business and industry and community groups. Member
Karyn Sobels Karyn is the Deputy President of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has over 30 years’ experience in the Retail, Telecommunications and Banking sectors. Currently the Principal of business advisors SKS Hub Pty Ltd, she also serves on the boards of the Telstra Licensee Association, Riskinfo and Autsim Spectrum Australia. Member
 Elizabeth Langdon  Elizabeth is Deputy Secretary, People, Capability and Oversight at Department of Health and Human Services, and has more than 20 years’ public and private sector experience, leading policy and operational teams. Victorian Government representative
 Warwick Winn Warwick has extensive experience in senior leadership positions in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Prior to his position as CEO of Manningham City Council he was General Manager of North Sydney Council. CEO, Manningham City Council
 Steve Kozlowski  Steve is CEO of Maroondah City Council. He has more than 25 years of senior local government management experience across Melbourne and served for 10 years as local government CEO in Gippsland. He is also Chair of the Melbourne East Regional Development Australia Committee CEO, Maroondah City Council
Tony Doyle Before joining local government, Tony had a successful career in the financial services sector, holding senior leadership positions with one of Australia's largest banks. He has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom and led large and diverse teams across a number of environments. CEO, Knox City Council
Andi Diamond Andi is the CEO of Monash Council and president of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. Prior to her current role she served as CEO of Yarra Council for four years. She holds a BA Social Work, MBA and a Doctorate of Business and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. CEO, Monash City Council
Glenn Patterson Glenn was appointed Yarra Ranges CEO in 2008, following time as the Baw Baw Council CEO. He has 25 years’ senior management experience with a number of metropolitan and rural councils, his first CEO role being at Colac Otway Shire in 1998. He also spent a period as the CEO of a Melbourne based property development group. CEO, Yarra Ranges Shire Council
Noelene Duff  Prior to joining the City of Whitehorse in 2000, Noelene was Director of Customer Services at the City of Monash and has held management roles in state and local government and the not for profit sector, including Senior Policy Advisor at Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Health Department of Victoria. CEO, Whitehorse City Council

Local Government Areas

  • Manningham City Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • Monash City Council
  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council
  • Whitehorse City Council

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