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.

Following engagement with its community throughout 2017, the Eastern Partnership has developed up its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Eastern region.

The Partnership's advice for 2017 included:

Affordable Housing: Increase supply of local affordable housing for vulnerable people and key workers

Regional Connectivity: Improve transport connectivity throughout the region, as well as access to natural assets

Jobs for Youth:
Better employment outcomes for young people

Integrated Health and Social Services: More integrated health and social services for those in need

Social Inclusion: Improve social connection and well-being of residents

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 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
  This position is currently vacant.            Member
 Elizabeth Langdon  Elizabeth is the Deputy Victorian Public Sector Commissioner.  She has 25 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors, and has led multiple policy and operational teams. Before joining the VPS, Elizabeth worked in Australia and abroad, at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG), Melbourne University Private and the United Nations in both Geneva and New York.         Victorian Government representative
Andrew DayAndrew 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. He was previously the Director of Corporate, Business and Finance at the City of Yarra. 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 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
Troy Edwards           Troy has held a number of positions in the federal public service, as a policy adviser in the Federal Parliament and as a senior adviser at the Municipal Association of Victoria.  Prior to joining Yarra Ranges, he was the managing director of a large public relations agency.         Acting 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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Page last updated: 30/10/2018