The Inner Metro Metropolitan Partnership’s first annual assembly will take place on 13 September 2017.

Join the conversation now and help shape the future of the region. Visit Engage Victoria to have your say or register your interest in attending the assembly.

Tony Keenan, Chair, Inner Metro Metropolitan Partnership

Bringing your thoughts and advice to government

The Inner Metro Metropolitan Partnership will work closely with its community to identify and address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region, by bringing together and facilitating stronger collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and all levels of government.

The Partnership will look for opportunities to drive improved social, economic and environmental outcomes and advise the government on actions that can make a real difference to the liveability and prosperity of their region.

The Inner Metro Metropolitan Region

The Inner Metro Metropolitan Region of Melbourne extends from the Flemington Racecourse and Kensington to the coastline of Port Phillip Bay at Port Melbourne and St Kilda, taking in the inner city suburbs of Collingwood and Richmond. The Inner Metro Metropolitan Region is the urban centre of Melbourne, home to the central business district (CBD), world-class sporting facilities, cultural heritage locations, and dense residential and commercial precincts.

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

Read more about the Inner Metro Metropolitan 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 Local Government Areas.

Tony Keenan Tony has been CEO of Launch Housing since July 2015, which was formed through a merger of Hanover Welfare Services and HomeGround Services. Tony was CEO of Hanover since 2006. He has served in many community and policy advisory roles including as a member of the Australian National Council on AIDS and the Australian Social Inclusion Board. Chair
Robyn Miller  Robyn is a social worker and family therapist with over 30 years’ experience in the local government, child protection and community sectors. Robyn has previously worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and is currently the CEO of MacKillop Family Services. Deputy Chair
Peter McEwan Peter is an experienced town planner and Director of the Board for Australia's first Pride Centre, which will serve as a hub for LGBTI 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. Member
Martin Brennan Martin has a long association with local government as both an elected representative and a professional. Martin is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne; his role is to provide local government advice to the research undertaken for the Post-carbon Resilient Future Cities Project. Member
Alex Lawlor Currently Executive Director for Property and Sustainability with the University of Melbourne, Alex has worked in regional development for over 10 years from both government and commercial perspectives. She worked with Vic Urban on the Revitalising Central Dandenong project as well as Footscray and Maribyrnong, and now with the University of Melbourne’s metropolitan and regional campuses. Member
Laura Cavallo Laura is a skilled professional with extensive experience in destination marketing communications and working in the Victorian tourism industry. In her current role as CEO Destination Melbourne she leads a team that is focussed on delivering their best for our visitors and visitor industry across Melbourne. Laura is also a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Member
Graham Atkinson Graham has worked in Indigenous affairs throughout Victoria at community-based, organisation and government levels. Graham is currently Chair of Native Title Services Victoria, Chair of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and is on the Executive of the Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group. Member
Sheree Siow As Head of Legal (Group Insurance) at AIA Australia, Sheree is a highly regarded and strategic commercial and corporate lawyer experienced in a range of sectors. Sheree is an active community member and has received industry recognition as a leader in the Women in Law Awards, Corporate Counsel Awards and Victorian Legal Awards. Member
David Webster David is Deputy Secretary, Commercial Division at Department of Treasury and Finance advising Government on balance sheet, commercial transactions and state owned entities. Prior to DFT, David had more than 25 years’ extensive international structured finance and commercial senior management experience specialising in infrastructure. Victorian Government representative
Ben RimmerBen Rimmer has been the CEO at the City of Melbourne since 9 February 2015. Previously, Ben was the Associate Secretary of the Australian Department of Human Services and Deputy Secretary of Strategic Policy and Implementation at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.  Ben has also worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Australia and the United Kingdom. CEO, City of Melbourne
Vijaya Vaidyanath 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, Yarra City Council
Peter Smith Peter Smith is the CEO of the City of Port Phillip. Peter started with the organisation 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, Port Phillip City Council
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