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The Inner 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 across the region. This advice ensures a community voice in government decision making.

The Inner Metropolitan Partnership’s vision for the region is to harness the opportunities growth provides in a way that supports a strong economy, a sustainable future and greater social inclusion.

Meet our members

The Inner Metropolitan partnership is in its second term, with the current membership appointed in August 2021. Each partnership is made of community and business representatives with varied backgrounds, experiences and networks, the CEO of each of local government in the region and a Deputy Secretary from the Victorian State Government.

Anna is currently CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative, a non-profit focusing on research and policy reform for the Australian news media industry.
Anna is the former Chair of YWCA National Housing and Deputy CEO of Philanthropy Australia. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of ShareGift Australia, a philanthropic fund drawn from the Australian share market and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

CEO, Equatorial Launch Australia
Carley was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day 2021 Honours List for service to the space industry, and to the community of the Northern Territory.
Carley is listed in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence for 2019.
Equatorial Launch Australia is the country’s first commercial spaceport development company. Her considerable experience in economic development and civic engagement includes working as CEO of Developing East Arnhem Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation specialising in structural transition in mining towns and is a National Director of Economic Development Australia.

Mohammed is the founder and CEO of Culture and Co, a cultural consulting and training organisation. He served as a community representative Commissioner to the Victorian Multicultural Commission from September 2019 – 2021.
Mohammed is an entrepreneur and advocate with a passion for supporting multicultural communities and young people.  He is a Youth Leadership Trainer at the Centre for Multicultural Youth, and a member of multiple advocacy and advisory boards to government and nongovernment bodies. Mohammed has completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours from the University of Melbourne and worked as cancer research scientist with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Tim is CEO of Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse. Tim is experienced in leading and motivating business owners and franchisees, staff, contractors and stakeholders. He is a business owner with experience in the sporting industry. Tim has strong board experience with a focus on outcomes.

Charmaine is an experienced financial industry professional and community leader with experience in stakeholder engagement, relationship management, strategy development, and industry mentoring and coaching. Charmaine is currently employed at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as Relationship Executive for the Not-For-Profit industry. She is also currently the President and Chair of Incubate Foundation.

Martin has a long association with local government as both an elected representative and a professional. Martin was a councillor of the City of Melbourne and CEO, ICLEI Oceania (Local Governments for Sustainability). He is a Senior Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. His role has a focus on understanding and addressing sustainability and resilience challenges and the importance of local and regional governance.

Hemant has over 15 years of experience in domestic, international marketing and customer engagement, across both the higher education and vocational sectors. He is currently the Executive Director, COVID Response at Bendigo Kangan Institute. Hemant’s experience covers university administration, student services, sales and marketing, corporate strategy and stakeholder management. Hemant genuinely believes that education changes lives and has a passion for working with providers to deliver impactful business outcomes.

Rohini is a corporate entrepreneur and non-executive board member with over 25 years of experience in working across Australia and Asian markets. Rohini is currently the General Manager at the Immigration Museum and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Museums Victoria. Rohini has held roles with KPMG and private enterprises including Swinburne Innovation Precinct, International Womens Federation of Commerce and Industry and is a former Chair of the Multicultural Ministerial Business Advisory Council. Rohini is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nish has over 10 years’ experience, both Nationally and Internationally, within sport and community development, using sport and recreation to achieve broader community engagement outcomes. Nish is currently the Schools, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at AFL Victoria and is experienced in Sport and Community Development, People Management and Government Relations.

Diana is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from the Southern Kaanju Nation Central Cape York Peninsula and Kulkagau Ya Iama (Yam Is) Western Torres Strait Islands. Diana has been the CEO of Reconciliation Victoria since 2018.  Diana has a broad range of academic and professional credentials, including working with the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and a participant of the Cape York Leadership Academy. She also has extensive Government sector experience, working in the past with both Aboriginal Victoria and the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission.

The Chief Executive Officers of Melbourne, Port Phillip and Yarra City Councils are ex officio members of the Inner Metropolitan Partnership.

Lill Healy is Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills, Department of Education and Training. She has held multiple senior executive roles in the Victorian public service and across the private and community sectors. Lill was previously Deputy Secretary, Service Systems Reform, at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. In recent roles, she has overseen industry recovery, supply chain and logistics, pandemic border relations, and the transition of industry under climate change.

What we've heard

We undertake a range of engagements to understand the issues and opportunities faced by the communities of inner Melbourne.

The partnerships are holding three online engagements in November and December to address key issues facing all Melburnians:

  • Melbourne and the suburbs: Recovery, resilience, and our re-imagined future
  • Jobs and skills: Emerging economies and pathways to employment for young and old
  • Inclusive and diverse communities: Learning and supporting social cohesion

Building upon the listening and research of the Partnership in its first term (2017 to 2020), the partnership has initiated three projects through the Metropolitan Development Fund in 2021 - a program to increase the digital inclusion of culturally diverse Melburnians, and placemaking activities in the cities of Yarra and Port Phillip.

In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Partnership moved all engagement activities online, ensuring that community voices continued to be heard by the Partnership.

A mapping exercise was undertaken to understand the local impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to surface local ideas to help neighbourhoods through recovery.

Surveys were distributed among stakeholders to understand opportunities for economic growth and recovery, and how to strengthen inner metropolitan communities through connection, services and support.

The partnership also held a panel discussion on Economic Growth and Recovery in September to source expert advice to complement the local insights gathered. Danielle Wood, CEO, Grattan Institute and Stuart Moseley, CEO, Victorian Planning Authority, explored how economic recovery can be supported, what was working and what lessons could be learned and what the workplace of the future looked like. Representatives form more than 40 businesses and organisations attended, collectively providing 26 ideas for economic growth and recovery in response to the session.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brought to prominence a number of issues that the Metropolitan Partnerships had already advocated upon – loneliness, mental health and homelessness. The Inner Metro Partnership revisited homelessness by holding the Inclusive Futures Roundtable in September to generate short and long-term opportunities to address the issue

Youth Engagement – Festival of Learning

The Partnerships held a two-day online engagement with diverse young people from across metropolitan Melbourne. The engagement sought to understand the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic upon young people and to seek their ideas on what the road to recovery might look like.

We formed a co-design committee of young Melbournians to ensure the event was structured in a format that appealed to young people.

We heard that the pandemic had worsened the existing issues that young people already faced – especially employment and mental health.

Participants shared recommendations to address these issues, some of which included:

  • A Youth Mental Health Strategy
  • A Statewide Youth Jobs Strategy
  • An increased focus on International Students
  • Connected services for young people

You can read a summary of the engagement by downloading the summary report.

The findings of these engagements informed the partnership’s advice to government in 2020.

The Inner Metropolitan Partnership dove deeper into issues of the economy and environment with two events:

  • Making Melbourne: Planning Precincts and Places

    More than 80 stakeholders from across the business sector and local government came together in September to better understand ways to develop Melbourne’s key precincts and places.

  • Circular Economy Round Table

    Held in October, the engagement sought to understand what industry support is needed to address challenges in waste and recycling systems in the Inner Metropolitan Region.

The findings from these engagements informed the Partnership’s 2019 advice to government.

2018 Inner Metropolitan Assembly

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly where participants reviewed the 2017 priority outcomes of the partnership: energy; active transport; built environment; engagement and inclusion of migrant communities; public transport.

Participants then identified the top four priorities for the region om 2018: rough sleeping and affordable housing; engagement and inclusion of migrant communities; improving public transport at all hours; youth mental health.

You can read a summary report to see how the issues explored in greater depth.

Youth Assembly

Young people aged 15-19 years from school and youth organisations across Melbourne’s six regions, including the inner metropolitan region, came together in a Youth Forum hosted by the Metropolitan Partnerships at the State Library of Victoria.

The full-day engagement included small group discussions, a panel seminar and region-specific breakouts to discuss life in their regions. The three top priorities nominated by young people from Melbourne’s inner metropolitan region included:

  • rough sleeping and housing affordability
  • mental health
  • cycling and pedestrian safety

You can read in greater depth about the discussions and outcomes of the engagement in the 2018 Metropolitan Partnerships Youth Forum report and watch some of the highlights from the Inner Metropolitan breakout discussions in the video below.

How the Victorian Government responded

Our community engagement work informs our annual advice to government. You can read how the Victorian Government responded to our advice on the priorities for the Inner Metropolitan Region by downloading How Government is responding: The 2019 Report Back.

2017 Inner Metropolitan Assembly

The Partnerships inaugural engagement event brought together more than 140 people from local communities, business and government to determine the key priorities for the Inner Metropolitan Region.

Through a series of activities, five priority outcomes were defined by participants:

  1. Rough Sleeping and Affordable Housing: More support for those rough sleeping and increasing supply of affordable housing.
  2. Aboriginal Children: Improve health and well-being, safety and educational outcomes for Aboriginal children.
  3. Fisherman’s Bend Tramline: Improve connectivity to urban renewal areas to stimulate economic activity.
  4. Innovation and Creative Economies: Retain and enhance places for local innovative and creative economies.
  5. Environment: Ensure environmental benefits and mitigating environmental impacts.

What we've done

Since our establishment in 2017 we've invested in research and projects to further explore, and act upon, the priorities raised by the people of our region.

We commission this work with the Metropolitan Partnerships Development Fund and then share the findings and outcomes with government to inform policies and programs.

The Multicultural Digital Inclusion program will deliver individualised digital literacy training designed to address young and elderly people from CALD communities and other vulnerable communities who experience barriers to digital access.

Local community leaders will be identified to train and mentor in a ‘train the trainer’ approach, who’ll then deliver the training in-language.

Training will be undertaken across 6 sites in the Inner Metro region and is delivered in partnership by Neighbourhood houses Victoria with $60,000 in funding from MPDF.

Three activities will be delivered in different activity centres in the City of Yarra to activate public spaces, promoting social connectivity and local economic activity. This work, in partnership with the City of Yarra, will build upon existing precinct activation activity. Outcomes will include the development of precinct-based place-making, business development activities and the promotion of creative industries.

MPDF is providing $95,000 for this work in partnership with the Yarra City Council.

Public space activations and precinct-based place-making and business development activities will be delivered in several key activity centres in the City of Port Phillip.

The activation of public spaces will promote creative industries, social connectivity and local economic activity. Additionally, precinct-based place-making and business development plans and activities will be delivered, including the marketing of activity centres.

MPDF is providing $95,000 for this work in partnership with the City of Port Phillip, which builds upon current precinct activation activities.

Building on prior research from the Inner Metropolitan Partnership and Creative Victoria, this project tested recommendations to ensure the availability and affordability of workspaces for creative industries in inner Melbourne. It explored three sites for precinct opportunity plans: Collingwood, South Melbourne and the Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct.

Based on ‘Housing First’ principles, and the Common Ground model, the Practice Manual provides guidance for the design, funding and delivery of congregate support housing. This is to support people who have experienced chronic homelessness with permanent housing that integrates support services.

The Manual was prepared by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in collaboration with MGS Architects and Mind Australia for the City of Port Phillip and the Inner Metropolitan Partnerships.

This work has informed the Government’s Big Housing Build initiative.

The Inner Metropolitan Partnership commissioned YLab, in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education and Training and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, to review current work on the barriers and enablers for young people in the region to accessing quality mental health support.

You can download to read a copy of the report.

The Inner Metropolitan Partnership’s Affordable Housing Working Group commissioned a needs assessment, which included the development of a methodology to calculate affordable housing need across the region. The assessment will support the working group, and the participating councils, to develop planning mechanisms to facilitate the provision of affordable housing in the region.

Innovation and creative economies were first identified as a priority of the partnership in 2017. The rising cost of commercial floorspace has emerged as a critical barrier to entry for new enterprises in some parts of inner Melbourne – risking the economic sustainability and growth of creative industries start-ups, small businesses and small-scale manufacturers.

The partnership commissioned studies to understand the challenges faced by these enterprises and the mechanisms available to support them by maintaining and creating affordable workspaces.

Movement and Place studies were commissioned in three prominent transport sites in the inner metropolitan region.

The concept of Movement and Place recognises that transport links (roads, train stations, etc.) perform two functions: the movement of people and goods and they serve as destinations in their own right.

The studies engaged various stakeholders to develop visions and aspirations for Burnley, the Haymarket roundabout and boulevards of the biomedical precinct and St Kilda Junction. to develop visions for these transport hubs in inner metropolitan Melbourne.

The Inner Metropolitan Region

Melbourne’s Inner Metropolitan Region extends from the Flemington Racecourse and Kensington to the coastline of Port Phillip Bay at Port Melbourne and St Kilda.. The Inner Metropolitan Region includes some of Melbourne’s most iconic places including the Arts precinct, Melbourne’s central business district, the Port of Melbourne and the MCG. It is a vibrant and proudly multicultural region, with a diverse and growing population.

The Inner Metropolitan Region is the traditional home of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin nation.

Read more about the Inner Metropolitan Region.

Local Government Areas

  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Yarra
  • City of Port Phillip

Contact us

Email innermetro.partnership@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 26/10/21