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. Following engagement with its community throughout 2017, 2018 and 2019, the Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on priorities for the Inner Metropolitan Region.

How Government is responding: The 2019 Report Back

In 2019, the Inner Metropolitan Partnership chose to dive deeper into issues of economy and environment with two stakeholder engagement events

  • Making Melbourne: Planning Precincts and Places’ on 4 September 2019​ at the Arts Centre, Pavilion engaged over 80 stakeholders across the business sector and local government to better understand ways to develop Melbourne’s key precincts and places.
  • Circular Economy Round Table on 18 October 2019 to better understand what industry support is needed to address challenges in waste and recycling systems in the Inner Metropolitan Region.

In May 2018, young people from Inner Metropolitan Region 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 Inner Metropolitan breakout discussions.

Inner Metro storyboard articulated in Youth Forum report

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly on 16 August 2018 at the Richmond Football Club, Richmond, 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 Inner Metropolitan Assembly Summary Report to see some of the feedback and ideas raised at the night's discussions.

On 13 September 2017, 143 community members, business representatives, councillors and mayors came together to help determine the key priorities for the Inner Metropolitan Region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Partnership to inform its advice to government on priorities for Melbourne's Inner Metropolitan Region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action.

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 Government.

 Alex Lawlor

Executive Director Estate Planning and Development, University of Melbourne

Alex was appointed Chair of the Partnership in 2019. Currently Executive Director Estate Planning and Development at the University of Melbourne, Alex has worked in regional development for over 10 years from both government and commercial perspectives. She has previously worked with Vic Urban on the Revitalising Central Dandenong project as well as projects in Footscray and Maribyrnong before moving to the University of Melbourne where she has been since 2011 in various senior development and sustainability roles.

Anna Draffin

CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative

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.

An experienced CEO, chair, director and consultant, she has helped government and businesses translate innovation and values into policy design and commercial models to deliver real social returns.

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.

Carley Scott

CEO, Equatorial Launch Australia

Carley is listed in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence for 2019.

Executive leader currently serving as CEO of Equatorial Launch Australia, 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 Yassin

Community Representative Commissioner to the Victorian Multicultural Commission

Mohammed was appointed as a Community Representative Commissioner to the Victorian Multicultural Commission, in September 2019.

Mohammed is an entrepreneur and advocate with a passion for supporting multicultural communities and young people. Mohammed is the founder and CEO of Culture and Co, a cultural consulting and training organisation. 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.

Annabel McFarlane

Senior Director Research, JLL

Currently the Senior Director Research at JLL. Annabel has a background in property valuation, research and academia, including lecturing at RMIT and has published research papers on issues such as liveability, city growth, the industrial sector and land supply. Annabel  is passionate about Melbourne, its liveability and potential as an economic powerhouse. Sine 2017 Annabel has also been a Committee Member of the Property Council of Australia’s National Cities Round Table and Chair of their Future Trends and Innovation Committee.

Peter McEwan

Director of the Board for Australia’s first Pride Centre

Peter is an experienced town planner and Director of the Board for Australia's first Pride Centre, which will serve as a hub for LGBTIQA+ groups and organisations. Peter is also a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria and a tribunal member of the Architects Registration Board. In 2007 he volunteered his skills as a town planner in the Post Tsunami Reconstruction project in Sri Lanka.

Martin Brennan

Senior Research Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Martin has a long association with local government as both an elected representative and a professional. Martin is a Senior Research 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.

Lill Healy

Deputy Secretary, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Lill is a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions and leads Border Relations, Supply Chain and Logistics, Climate Change in Industry Transition, Place Based Reform. Lill has oversight of the Working Together in Place initiative that seeks to improve place-based initiatives and drive stronger social and economic outcomes in Victorian communities.

Lill was previously Deputy Secretary, Service Systems Reform, at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Working in collaboration with Departments across government supporting the design and delivery of reforms that address issues of complexity and disadvantage with a focus on place-based initiatives. Prior to that Lill led the Inclusion Group in DJPR. Lill has held a variety of senior leadership roles in the Victorian public service and across the private and community sectors.

Victorian Government representative
Justin Hanney

CEO, City of Melbourne

Justin commenced as CEO at City of Melbourne on 14 January 2019. Justin’s previous role was Lead Deputy Secretary at Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Justin has also held roles within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as CEO at both City of Yarra and Rural City of Wangaratta. Justin is a passionate City of Melbourne resident.

CEO, City of Melbourne
Vijaya Vaidyanath

CEO, Yarra City Council

VJ has been the CEO of Yarra City Council since 2012.  Prior to Yarra, VJ spent over a decade as CEO to two large metro councils in New Zealand.  VJ also worked as a Senior Executive in the Reserve Bank in India with brief stints in the USA before migrating to New Zealand.

CEO, City of Yarra
Peter Smith

CEO, City of Port Phillip

Peter started with the City of Port Phillip as CEO on 29 May 2017. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience working in CEO and senior executive roles at all three levels of government, notably as CEO of Adelaide City Council (2008 to 2015), Deputy CEO of the South Australian Department of Families and Communities (2005 to 2008) and National Service Manager for Centrelink.

CEO, City of Port Phillip

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 a copy of the Inner Metro Region Five Year Plans for Jobs, Services and Infrastructure 2018-2022 - click here.

The Delivery Coordination Program support a range of integrated infrastructure investments and projects across Melbourne’s rapidly growing and changing suburbs.

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.

Youth Mental Health

Participating councils:

Melbourne, Port Phillip and Yarra

Delivery partner:

Department of Health and Human Services

Other project partners:

Department of Education and Training

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Project description:

Investigates gaps into mental health services for young people.  For full details see attached report:

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

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Page last updated: 11/10/20