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Inner South-east Metropolitan Partnership

The South East Partnership will engage with the wider community to identify issues and opportunities, and advise State Government on the priorities for this region.

The Inner South-east Partnership is one of six Metropolitan Partnerships established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.

The Inner South-east Partnership’s vision is for a region that is liveable, equitable and agile. Following engagement with its community throughout 2018 and 2019, the Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Inner South-east region.

How Government is responding: The 2019 Report Back

The Inner South-east Metropolitan Partnership chose to dive deeper into issues regarding social isolation and the economy. The Partnership held the Making Connections on 22 August 2019 at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. This event, which Minister Kairouz attended, gathered regional providers, community organisations, education institutions, and government to explore and address social isolation and loneliness. The event connected local businesses, service providers, researchers and community members to discuss social isolation and loneliness in the Inner South-east region to foster strong, vibrant and connected communities.

Watch the Making Connections 2019 event video below or to read the Making Connections Workshop Proceedings, click here. To view keynote speaker, Michelle Lim's Social Isolation Keynote presentation, please click here or to view the Loneliness and Isolation Project Report 2019, please click here.

The Inner South-east Metropolitan Partnership’s key priorities included:

Social Isolation and Loneliness
Addressing barriers to engagement and better coordinating existing services with volunteer organisations to reach lonely and isolation people.

Jobs and Economy
Revitalising activity and neighbourhood centres to grow local jobs and economy and support businesses.

Transport Connectivity
Improving the safety and reliability of movement to connect people to local jobs, education and leisure.

Environment and Sustainability
Creating a regional sustainability strategy that involves local communities to address climate change, reduce water use, improve waste management and protect biodiversity.

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly on Wednesday 18 July 2018 at Encore Events Centre, Hoppers Crossing, 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 Western Assembly Summary Report


In May 2018, young people from the inner south-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 Inner South-east breakout discussions.

Inner Sotuth East

On 30 August 2017, 103 community members, business representatives councillors and mayors came together to help determine the key priorities for the Inner South East Metro Region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Metropolitan Partnership to inform advice to government on priorities for Melbourne's Inner South-east region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action.

You can also download a copy of the 2017 Assembly report here:

Inner South-east Assembly Summary Report.pdf

Inner South-east 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.

Josef Seidler  20 years’ experience in multijurisdictional CBD creation and regeneration projects in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. He is the current Regional General Manager, Development at Vicinity Centres. Josef led the transformation of Chadstone into an alternate CBD environment and a mixed-use destination. He has a background in master planning and redevelopment of resorts, precincts and shopping centres. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and is committed to the Inner South-east ongoing economic growth by creating places of the future where people can work, play and live in one community. Chair
Amber BellCurrently working as a landscape architect with CJ Arms. As a young woman in the construction industry Miss Bell believes there needs to be a stronger connection between community enrichment and environmental conservation. She is therefore passionate about collaboration and the platform the Partnerships provide for better outcomes. She is currently enrolled in Master of Disaster, Design and Development at RMIT and is passionate about designing beautifully integrated spaces. Deputy Chair
Sally Howe Sally is a senior health executive with a background in the private health sector, health economics and public and community health. A Graduate of the AICD, currently a non-executive director on the Connect Health and Community Board, Chairs the Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership and is Director, Business and Service Development at Cabrini Health. Member
Simon Stafrace Simon has been a psychiatrist in the private and public sectors for over 25 years.  As the Program Director of Psychiatry at Alfred Health, Simon is responsible for the delivery of specialist and primary mental health services in the inner south of Melbourne, and a psychiatry research centre in partnership with Monash University. Member
Lizzy Kuoth Lizzy established a group for South Sudanese youth in 2008. In 2012, she was awarded the Empowering Monash Women's’ Award for her role as a dedicated youth leader and human rights activist.  Lizzy currently works as an inclusion capability officer in transport.

Get to know Lizzy in the video below.

Diane SivasubramaniamAn academic at Swinburne University and researches new ideas about the interaction between citizens and social authorities (such as the police). Her research is focused on the way we design those interactions between social authorities and citizens, and their contribution to social cohesion and trust in government. She is passionate about using her learning and networks to work closely with state and local government to codesign solutions to isolation, loneliness and many other pressing issues in the Inner South-east region. Member
Damian Ferrie Damian is CEO of Star Health (formerly Inner South Community Health) and has held leadership roles in the health, housing, community development and transport sectors in New South Wales and Victoria. Damian has also been responsible for programs that narrow the gap between disadvantaged communities and the rest of the state. Member
Philip Mallis
Philip recently retired as councillor for Boroondara City Council and currently works a transport planner in Melbourne. He holds Masters degrees in Urban Planning and Public Policy & Management from the University of Melbourne specialising in transport and governance. Philip is a convenor of Maptime Melbourne, and has extensive volunteer experience across the region.
Tom RothTom has recently returned to Australia (2018) after working for the last 20 years with Médecins Sans Frontières working at the nexus of humanitarian and development across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Currently, tom s the General Manager at Cabrini Outreach a community development organisation and part of Cabrini Australia. Tom works to seek social justice, alleviate social inequality and enable better healthcare for people seeking asylum and people experiencing place-based intergenerational disadvantage within Australia and overseas. Member
Gheran SteelGheran Steel, a traditional owner of the Boonwurrung peoples, has 20 years of experience in operations and people management in the commercial sectors, as well in the not-for-profit sector, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Boon Wurrung Foundation. He has established relationships with Glen Eira, Stonnington, and Bayside local councils, as well as many others with the purpose of creating a better understanding of indigenous heritage.Member
Kent BurgessKent Burgess has a 15-year background in senior leadership within the community health, family violence, LGBTIQ health and AoD sectors within Melbourne’s Inner South East following a clinical career in mental health occupational therapy. Mr Kent is currently the Acting CEO at Star Health and has a master’s in public health from Monash University. He is a board Member of The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association and a member of the Primary Care Committee of the Australian Commission on Quality & Safety in Healthcare.Member
Vacant Victorian Government representative
Mick Cummins       Mr Mick Cummins is CEO at Bayside City Council.  Mick was appointed Director Corporate Services in June 2012.  Prior to his roles at Bayside, Mick was General Manager Corporate at Frankston City Council.  Mick has extensive local government experience in the areas of finance, governance, organisational development, customer service and community services. CEO, Bayside City Council
Phillip Storer Phillip is CEO of Boroondara City Council, he holds qualifications in town planning and was Boroondara's first Director of Infrastructure. During his career, Philip has advised Council on a number of challenging projects. CEO, Boroondara City Council
Rebecca McKenzie Rebecca is an accomplished leader with a successful career at executive level across three countries and three sectors. Before joining Glen Eira City Council, Rebecca’s roles included CEO at Mitchell Shire Council in Melbourne’s north and Director of Corporate Services for Yarra Ranges Council. CEO, Glen Eira City Council
Jacqui Weatherill Jacqui joined the City of Stonnington as CEO in July 2019. She has a strong leadership record in the government sector and in Australian sport. She was previously the CEO of the Greater Melbourne Cemeteries Trust which is responsible for administering 19 memorial parks and cemeteries across Melbourne. Jacqui has also worked at a senior executive level in local government including the City of Boroondara and Benalla Rural City Council and project managed significant transformations whilst in those roles.        CEO, Stonnington 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 Inner South-east 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.

Marine Education Science and Community Centre – Beaumaris

The Marine Education Science and Community Centre (MESAC) provides opportunities for the public and Victorian schools to engage in activities that raise awareness of marine environmental issues and informed discussions about how we treat our oceans, seas, bays, estuaries and beaches.

Inner South-east partners include the Bayside City Council, Office for Suburban Development, Department of Education and Training, Beaumaris Yacht Club and the local community.

Inner South-east Metropolitan Region

Melbourne’s Inner South-east Metropolitan Region  extends from Kew in Melbourne's inner east to Brighton on port Phillip Bay. The area captures high density residential and retail precincts such as South Yarra as well as quieter residential streets through middle suburbs such as Balwyn, Bentleigh and Black Rock. The Inner South-east Metropolitan Region is a desirable residential location with strong retail employment.

The Inner South-east is the traditional home to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.

Read more about the Inner South-east Metropolitan Region

Local Government Areas

  • Bayside City Council
  • Boroondara City Council
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Stonnington City Council

Contact us

Email metropolitanpartnerships@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 04/02/21