Message from the Chair

The Inner South-east Metropolitan Partnership has been on an exciting journey to understand the key challenges and opportunities facing our region. Thank you to all members of the regional community who participated in our 2017 process. To see the 2017 Assembly live in action click here. During our initial meetings, the Partnership considered the following questions:

Alicia Darvall

  • How do we ensure the Inner South-east remains liveable, equitable and agile during a time of rapid change and growing population?
  • How can the government, business and community work together to ensure the Inner South-east thrives as a region of opportunity for all?

These questions formed the basis of the Partnership’s vision for the Region – to be liveable, equitable and agile.

Our first annual package of advice to the Minister for Suburban Development was developed through responses to the online survey and the input you provided at our first community Assembly held on 31 August 2017. We heard what was important to the Inner South-east: access to open space, community health & wellbeing, social connectedness, the right mix of housing, local jobs, access to education, transport connectivity and environmental sustainability.  We have combined what we heard with the existing knowledge of the Partnership, and developed our advice in line with the liveable, equitable and agile vision:

Open Space & Environment: Promote healthy neighbourhoods by developing an increased network of active open space

Economy, Industry & Jobs:
Encourage local employment hubs and flexible, co-working spaces in line with the 20-minute neighbourhood framework

Affordable & Social Housing:
Create the right mix of private, public and social housing to anticipate the future needs of the growing community

Transport Connectivity: Improve connectivity of transport modes to cover sustainable, low-cost travel across the region (including north-south travel) and reduce car usage

For 2018 we would like to add:

  • Community Health and Wellbeing
  • Access to Education

To inform our next round of advice to Government we would like to invite you to continue the conversation with us about the future of our region.

Our second annual Assembly is on 30 May 2018 at McKinnon Secondary College - come along and share your thoughts while learning more about local evidence, data and emerging trends behind priorities and issues specific to the Inner South-east.

We want to hear from a diverse range of voices that represent residents, community groups, business owners and experts. We welcome community members who participated in the conversation in 2017, as well as others who we have not yet heard from.

This is your opportunity to work directly with the Inner South-east Metropolitan Partnership to help form our future advice to government.

Alicia Darvall

Chair, Inner South-east Metropolitan Partnership

The Inner South-east Assembly will be held on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at McKinnon Secondary College. You can attend in person or join the interactive conversation streamed live on this website.

Register your interest in attending here.

The 2017 Inner South-east Assembly

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.

Visit Engage Victoria to have your say and register your interest in attending the 2018 Assembly.

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 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.

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 Commonwealth Government.

Alicia Darvall  Alicia is Executive Director of Global Partners for B Lab, where she is growing a global movement of people using business as a force for good. B Lab works with entrepreneurs to build on their values, engage with community and stakeholders and focus on measuring their impact through the B Corp Certification. Alicia has held senior roles in a range of organisations including Moonlight Cinema, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Social Traders and Melbourne Fashion Festival. Chair
Steve Whittington  Steve is an organiser for the Independent Education Union, whose work includes advocating for members' workplace rights and improving pay and conditions throughout the non-government education system. Steve is also a Board Member at the Centre for Strategic Education. 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 Currently employed at St. Francis Xavier College and Australian Multicultural Foundation, 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.  Member
Jane Farmer Jane is a recognised leader and researcher in innovations in rural and small health services workforce and service delivery. Jane is interested in civic technology, citizen involvement, coproduction, social enterprise and social value measurement. She is Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute at Swinburne University. 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 is currently completing a Masters of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne specialising in transport and governance. Philip is also an Information Services Zone Coordinator at Tennis Australia, and has extensive volunteer experience across the region. Member
Julia Griffith  Julia is Deputy Secretary of Youth Justice at Department of Justice and Regulation and Chair of the Criminology Research Advisory Council. Julia has also been responsible for implementing State Government employment programs assisting disadvantaged job seekers. Victorian Government representative
Adrian Robb Adrian has been CEO of Bayside City Council since 2008. Prior to this he was CEO at Mount Alexander Shire Council. Adrian’s previous experience includes Executive level roles in the Community Services, City Strategy and Planning, and Corporate Service portfolios. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Board member of the Institute for Public Administration Australia (Vic). 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
Warren Roberts A Civil Engineer with qualifications in business management and 40 years’ experience, Warren is committed to Local Government making a difference within the Community. Warren has served on the National and State Boards of the IPWEA and on the Board of LGPro.  He is currently Chairman of the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria. CEO, Stonnington City Council

Local Government Areas

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

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