Video: The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership recently joined Outer East Local Learning and Employment Network (OELLEN), local employers, TAFE and Apprenticeship organisations to provide young people and their families in Melbourne’s east with information and advice on alternative career pathways.


The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership is an advisory group established by the Victorian Government. The Partnership is a way for local communities to engage directly with state and local governments, and advise the Victorian Government of the top priorities for jobs, services and infrastructure across the region. This advice will become part of the government’s key decision-making processes.

The Eastern Partnership’s vision is for a region with excellent connections between people, places and jobs. Following engagement with its community throughout 2018, the Partnership has developed up its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Eastern region.

The Partnership's advice for 2018 included:

Regional Connectivity making it easier get around the region, especially through improving bus services and opportunities for active transport

Integrated Health and Social Services
- improving access to the full range of health and social services for the region's most vulnerable people

Social Inclusion
- creating a region where all people, regardless of age, gender, cultural background, or physical ability feel connected and able to participate in community life. Our initial focus is on addressing gender equity and unconscious bias in community sport

Affordable and Social Housing
- increasing the supply of affordable and social housing in the region to meet a shortfall of 11,400 dwellings over the next 2 decades

Jobs for Youth
- improving the transition for the region's young people from secondary school to meaningful training or employment

How Government is responding: The 2018 Report Back

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly on 13 June 2018 at Boronia K-12 College, where it heard directly from the community about how to further progress priorities for the region. Watch the video below to see the 2018 Assembly in action, or read the 2018 Eastern Assembly Summary Report.

What we heard from young people in the Eastern region?

In May 2018, young people from the east shared their ideas for maintaining and improving the livability of their community at the first Metropolitan Partnerships Youth Forum. Students and young people 15-19 years of age from schools and youth organisations across each of Melbourne's six regions were invited to attend the Metropolitan Partnerships Youth Forum at the State Library of Victoria. To find out what participants had to say about what's important as a young person living, working and studying in Melbourne read the 2018 Metropolitan Partnerships Youth Forum report and watch some of the highlights from the eastern breakout discussions.

Eastern Youth Forum storyboard

On 31 August 2017, 144 community members, businesses, councillors and mayors came together to help determine the key priorities for the Eastern Metro Region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Partnership to inform advice to government on priorities for Melbourne's Eastern Region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action.

You can also download a copy of the 2017 Assembly report here:

Eastern Assembly Summary Report.pdf

Eastern Assembly Summary Report.doc

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 up to nine 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.

Robin Whyte  Robin has had a long career in senior leadership roles in the health sector. Until the end of 2019, she served as the CEO of the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. Robin has extensive experience in health policy and strategy, service system reform and health care improvement. Chair
Steven WojtkiwCurrently Executive Manager, Policy and Chief Economist with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Steven is responsible for leading the Victorian Chamber’s policy and advocacy and has an extensive background representing Victorian business. He worked previously in senior managerial roles with the Australian Industry Group and Australian National Line and holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia and member of the Australian Tax Research Foundation. He has been a Board member of the Industry Capability Network (Vic) and is a member of several stakeholder advisory panels. Deputy Chair
Danielle StoreyCEO of the Eastern Innovation Business Centre, Danielle supports entrepreneurs and innovation in the Eastern region. She is also a resident and co-business owner in the region. She is deeply interested in how to attract and retain business and industry, manage land use and engage young people in meaningful endeavours.Member
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 a retired academic administrator and registered veterinarian. She has 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
Eksath Bhareti Eksath is the Co-Chair of the Victorian Youth Congress. He is currently completing his Undergraduate at Monash University including a summer abroad at The University of Cambridge. He sits on the Red Cross Victorian Youth Advisory Committee and works as Business Liaison Manager for the Consulate of the Republic of Mauritius. He has also held roles in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Education and Training. Growing up in the Eastern Region has played a significant role in shaping who he is and his drive for ensuring young people have a voice. He feels the Partnership is a great platform that will empower young people in the Eastern Region to have a voice in their community.     Member
  This position is currently vacant.     Victorian Government representative
Andrew DayAndrew Day commenced as CEO City of Manningham in September 2018. He previously held the role of Director Corporate, Business and Finance at the City of Yarra. He has held a number of executive and senior management positions in local government over the past 13 years, as well as management roles in the not for profit and health sectors. Andrew holds a Master of Business, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Associate of the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia.        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. 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
Tammi RoseTammi Rose commenced as CEO Yarra Ranges Council in February 2019. Her previous role was Director Corporate Services at the City of Hobson’s Bay. She has held a range of senior roles in both inner metropolitan and rural councils, and more than 18 years experience leading teams and driving innovation. She holds a Masters in organisational development and professional qualifications as an accountant (CPA).CEO, Yarra Ranges Shire Council
Megan Bourke-O’Neil

Megan is a policy and strategy leader with over 20 years’ experience in the transport and infrastructure sectors, including roles as Deputy Head, Transport for Victoria and Chair of Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria.

As Deputy Secretary, Policy and Innovation for the Department of Transport, Megan is responsible in driving future transport legislative and policy reform, innovation in transport and building a deep understanding of the user right across the business.

Deputy Secretary, Policy & Innovation - Department of Transport, Victoria

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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Page last updated: 20/01/20