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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, the Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Inner South-east region.

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

Health & Wellbeing - new 2018 priority with a focus on reducing loneliness & social isolation.

Economy, Industry & Jobs - encourage opportunities to work close to home, supporting a vibrant local economy, place and community.

Transport Connectivity - improve the safety and reliability of movement in the region to better connect people via different transport modes

Affordable & Social Housing focus on the region’s key workforce and future housing needs to support the growing community and economy 

Open Space - deliver inclusive, vibrant and healthy neighbourhoods through accessible, high quality open spaces, with a particular focus on access to sporting infrastructure

Environmental Sustainability - new 2018 priority to support environmental resilience & sustainability by adapting to climate change and transitioning to a low-carbon city

How Government is responding: The 2018 Report Back

The 2019 Inner South-east Engagement

The Making Connections event held in August 2019 explored social isolation and loneliness in our community. By connecting with one another we have taken the first steps towards addressing this new physical and mental health issue.

We were fortunate to hear from Michelle Lim, Clear Horizon, Simon Stafrace, Ebony Galor, and Matiu Bush on current research and initiatives that address social isolation and loneliness. The keynote presentation is by Dr Michelle Lim, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Swinburne University.  The Social Isolation and Loneliness Project, Liz Bloom and Shani Rajendra, Clear Horizon.

Insights from the morning conference were incorporated into an afternoon workshop at which people with lived experience, service providers and government representatives undertook an ideation exercise to propose solutions to combating social isolation and loneliness in the Inner South-east Region.

The Making Connections Workshop Proceedings Report summarises the discussion among workshop attendees about social isolation and loneliness. You can view the Social Inclusion and Loneliness Project Report 2019.

The Partnership have used the community's ideas to shape the advice to the Victorian Government which was submitted.

The 2018 Inner South-east Assembly

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at McKinnon Secondary College, McKinnon 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 South-east Assembly Summary Report to see some of the feedback and ideas raised at the night's discussions.

What we heard from young people in the Inner South-east region?

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 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 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.

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
Josef Seidler20 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. 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
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.        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.
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 co-design solutions to isolation, loneliness and many other pressing issues in the Inner South-east region.Member
Ryan Phillips Deputy Secretary, Victims Support, Innovation and Justice Operations at Department of Justice and Community Safety. Ryan was previously Deputy Secretary, Criminal Law Policy in the former Department of Justice, and was Executive Director Social Policy Family Violence and Service Delivery Reform in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. 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

Local Government Areas

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

How to contact us

Email metropolitanpartnerships@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 13/01/20