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 and 2019, the Partnership has developed up its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Eastern region.

How Government is responding: The 2019 Report Back

The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership chose to dive deeper into issues facing both the young and the elderly. The Partnership held two well-attended engagement activities:

Loneliness Dialogue - 23 October 2019

The Partnership engaged with 90 stakeholders in the aged services sector to better understand the drivers and impacts of social isolation for older people and identify local solutions. Minister Kairouz attended this event, alongside the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, the Hon Luke Donnellan MP.

Youth Jobs Focus Group – 24 October 2019

The Partnership set out to better understand the information and support young people and their families need to select employment or training pathways.

The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership’s key priorities included:

Social Inclusion
Combating social isolation and loneliness, particularly in the elderly, with a focus on early intervention and social connection.

Jobs for Youth
Working to reduce youth unemployment by improving the transition for young people from secondary school to meaningful training or employment.

Regional Connectivity
Connecting people to the region’s key employment hubs, educational institutions and local activity centres, with improved bus services and active transport.

Affordable and Social Housing
Increasing the supply of affordable and social housing in the region.

Integrated Health and Social Services
Improving the way the health and social services systems work together, through collaborative trials to inform system-wide reform.

Watch the 2019 Loneliness Dialogue event video below and to read the final report, please click here.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Steven Wojtkiw Steven has an extensive background in economic policy and in advocacy for the business community. He has held senior management roles at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the Australian Industry Group and Australian National Line. He 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. Acting Chair
Danielle Storey CEO 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. Acting Deputy Chair
Susan Maastricht Susan is an academic administrator and registered veterinarian. She has diverse clinical, operational and senior management experience in university, research institute and education settings. 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
Andrew Day Andrew 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 Rose Tammi 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
Elke Smirl
Elke is a descendant of the Kaurna and Narungga peoples of the Adelaide Plains and Yorke Peninsula. During her 30 year public sector career, she has worked in indigenous affairs, leading governance, cultural heritage training and community development for Aboriginal communities, She previously served as Assistant Director at Aboriginal Victoria, before taking on her current role as Chief Executive Officer of Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation in Croydon.
CEO, Mullum Mullum Gathering Place
Simon McMillan Simon has worked in local government for 30 years and has held senior roles in strategic planning, city development and civic governance. Prior to his commencement as CEO at Whitehorse, Simon was CEO at Banyule City Council. CEO, Whitehorse City Council

A new focus on supporting all of Melbourne’s suburbs

The Victorian Government is implementing a range of initiatives designed to address population growth by ensuring as Melbourne grows in size, it also grows into a stronger, fairer and greener city. That is why, the Victorian Government created Victoria’s first Suburban Development portfolio to focus on ensuring “All of Melbourne’s residents will have affordable and reliable access to jobs, services and infrastructure, no matter where they live”.

Intersection in an urban area with a car and some bollards.

Five-year plans for jobs, services and infrastructure

The Government will develop and deliver 5 Year Plans for Jobs, Services and Infrastructure as the primary vehicle for implementing its suburban development agenda.  The Plans will be developed for each of Melbourne’s six metropolitan regions and reflect the government's commitments to addressing their specific needs for infrastructure and services and driving new investment and jobs growth.

Responding to local and regional level priorities through improved partnerships, actions and outcomes

The Plans will also reflect the outcomes of the State's partnership with other levels of Government, industry and communities to enhance the competitiveness, liveability and resilience of each metropolitan region. In developing the Plans, a key focus of the Suburban Development portfolio will be to encourage initiatives that involve partnerships between levels of government, industry and communities in addressing metropolitan regional priorities.

The plans will be updated annually to reflect the ongoing work and input provided by the Metropolitan Partnerships and the outcomes of State, Commonwealth and Local Government budget processes.

Download copy of the Eastern Region Five Year Plans for Jobs, Services and Infrastructure 2018-2022 - click here

The Delivery Coordination program work in partnerships to ensure planning and delivery of infrastructure, services and economic development is coordinated and customised to the needs of Melbourne’s regions and suburbs. Projects range from complete urban revitalisation and integrated community health hubs to upgrading of education and learning facilities and recreational nature trails. Partners include federal and state government departments, state government partners, local government authorities and philanthropic and non-government organisations.

Yarra Ranges Trail

The new Trail will connect with the iconic Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, as well as local townships between Lilydale, Yarra Glen, Healesville and Warburton.

Eastern Region Partners include the Yarra Ranges Council, landowners including VicTrack, Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, VicRoads and Office for Suburban Development.

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.

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    Page last updated: 01/06/21