The Inner Metro 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 Inner Metro Partnership’s vision for the region is to harness and manage 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 2018, the Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Inner Metro region.

The Partnership's advice to the Victorian Government for 2018 included

Inclusion – an equitable, safe and diverse place for all people who live, work and visit the Inner Metro region

Economy – a thriving, vibrant, accessible place for all people who live, work and visit the Inner Metro region

Sustainability – a sustainable, resilient and liveable Inner Metro region

How Government is responding: The 2018 Report Back

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly on Thursday 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 Metro Assembly Summary Report to see some of the feedback and ideas raised at the night's discussions.

What we heard from young people in Inner Metro

In May 2018, young people from Inner Metro 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 Metro breakout discussions.

Inner Metro storyboard articulated in Youth Forum report

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

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action.

The Inner Metro 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 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.

 Alex LawlorCurrently 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.   Chair
 Elizabeth JoldeskiElizabeth has over 20 years senior management experience as an economic development and industry engagement specialist, working across the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. She is a small business expert and well versed in issues affecting the sector, focusing on strategy & business planning for growth. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Public Policy and is currently leading industry engagement for the Heart Foundation. Elizabeth is also the current Chair of the Adult, Community & Further Education Regional Council (North West Metro Region) and serves as a member of the Multicultural Business Ministerial CouncilMember
Anna DraffinOver 20 years’ of experience in marketing and stakeholder relations, management and philanthropy, and is a recognised leader in the social services and non-profit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne) and is a graduate of several management programs. She is currently the Executive Director of ShareGift Australia, a national independent non-profit organisation collaborating with the finance sector to unlock underutilised share capital as alternate funding for charities. She also has extensive committee, board member and Non-Executive Director experience, including over 14 years on the YWCA National Housing Board now as Chair; ShareGift Australia; NAB Community Grants Panel and more. Member
Carley ScottExecutive 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.Member
Mohammed YassinA devoted community member with wide-ranging experience in the voluntary sector and an intimate understanding of the issues facing young people in Melbourne. He is a Youth Leadership Trainer at the Centre for Multicultural Youth, and a member of multiple advocacy and advisory boards to government and non-government bodies. Mohammed holds a degree in Biomedical Science and is currently completing a PhD with the University of Melbourne and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.Member
Annabell McFarlaneCurrently the Senior Director Research at Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). She 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. She is passionate about Melbourne and its liveability but also its 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.Member
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
Lill HealyLill is the Deputy Secretary of the Inclusion Group in the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. Currently Acting Deputy Secretary, Rural and Regional Victoria, Lill previously held the role of Deputy Secretary - Policy, Programs, Small Business and Employment. Lill was also the Acting Deputy Head - Employment, Investment and Trade. Lill held the role of the Deputy Secretary - Programs, Small Business and Employment. Victorian Government representative
Justin HanneyJustin 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 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 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

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