What we do

Northern Metropolitan Partnership

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

Message from the Chair

The Northern 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.

Terry Larkins, Chair


The Northern Metropolitan 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 be become part of the government’s key decision-making processes.

Each year, the Northern Metropolitan Partnership holds an Assembly for their regional community. At the assembly, participants have a chance to share their views on what is most important to the region – things like local jobs, community health, education, transport and infrastructure. The Partnership uses the ideas generated from the assembly to finalise their advice to the Victorian Government.

Visit the Engage Victoria page to register for the 2018 Northern Assembly and have your say.

The Northern Region

Melbourne's Northern Metropolitan Region stretches from the inner city suburbs of Brunswick, Northcote, Alphington and Ivanhoe, to the outer areas of Craigieburn and Sunbury, and to the Kinglake National Park and rural and interface communities of Whittlesea and St Andrews. It is a diverse and vibrant region, featuring Melbourne’s major airport, arts and cultural precincts the National Employment and Innovation Cluster in LaTrobe and new growth area communities on the northern fringe of the city.

Melbourne’s Northern Metropolitan Region is the traditional home of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Read more about the Northern 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.

Terry Larkins  Terry is an experienced leader and practitioner in local government and community development sectors. He has held a wide range of roles in both the development of the community and the commercial outcomes in Australia and overseas in Papua New Guinea. Terry was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 1995 for Outstanding Public Service to Local Government. Chair
Helen Coleman  Helen is a former Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor of the Nillumbik Shire Council. Along with recent career experiences in the volunteer sector, Helen has spent her career working with local communities in all aspects of neighbourhood and community life.   Deputy Chair
Meghan Hopper Meghan served as a Councillor in the City of Moreland’s South Ward 2012-16, and was Moreland’s youngest female Mayor.  She was formerly a Chief Policy Officer in the family violence sector and is completing a PhD in political journalism and gender studies at Monash University.  Meghan has extensive board experience, including previously on Monash University Council and the Victorian Ministerial Mayoral Roundtable. Member
Carmel Guerra  Carmel has over 25 years’ experience in the community sector and is the founder and CEO of the Centre for Multicultural Youth. Carmel is a recognised researcher, contributor and commentator for multicultural youth affairs and is a member of the Youth Parole Board and Victorian Children's Council. She is also Chairperson of the National Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network. Member
Phillip Bain Phillip is an experienced health leader having held roles as Chief Executive of Plenty Valley Community Health in Whittlesea and Goulburn Valley Medicare Local. Phillip has a long-standing interest in public policy, especially as it affects the north of Melbourne and is an experienced health sector executive who serves on numerous boards and committees in the region. Member
Mark Maskiell Mark is CEO of the Melbourne Market Authority and an experienced executive and professional in the business sector, having held leading roles at Essendon Airport and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. Member
Esme Bamblett Esme is the CEO of the Aborigines Advancement League. The League is one of the oldest Indigenous organisations in Australia and is primarily concerned with Indigenous welfare issues and the preservation of Indigenous culture and heritage.  Esme completed her PhD in Koori Identity in 2010. Member
Sue Davies Director Community/Industry Engagement & Employability at La Trobe University, Sue has a strong communications and community and industry engagement background. Sue currently sits on the NORTH Link and Engagement Australia Boards (engagement arm of Universities Australia), and the Committee of Management for Youth Foundation 3081. Member
Andrew Crisp Andrew has more than 37 years’ experience in operational, project and specialist roles within Victoria Police and overseas.  Andrew is Deputy Commissioner of Regional Operations, responsible for the four policing Regions across the state, Transit & Public Safety Command, State Emergencies & Security Command and Family Violence Command. Victorian Government representative
Domenic Isola Domenic is CEO of Hume City Council, where he is responsible for the day to-day running of council, in particular, implementing council decisions, providing timely advice to council and achieving council’s goals. CEO, Hume City Council
Simon Overland      Formerly the Secretary of the Department of Justice in Tasmania for five years, Simon has been CEO at the City of Whittlesea since 21 August 2017. He has extensive experience in executive management, leadership and community service roles.  Simon was Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from March 2009 to mid-2011. He is credited with a prominent role in bringing an end to the Melbourne gangland murders and associated crime in Victoria. CEO, Whittlesea City Council
Mark Stoermer Mark has held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sectors, most notably as the Executive Director of Corporate Services at Box Hill Institute, Director Corporate Business at the City of Melbourne and as CEO of Fordham Group Melbourne. CEO, Nillumbik Shire Council
Sue Wilkinson      Formerly the CEO of Colac Otway Shire Council, Sue was appointed as the first female CEO at Darebin in September 2017. She has extensive leadership experience in both state and local governments having worked for the Department of Planning and Community Development, Monash and Port Phillip councils in planning, environmental and community focused roles      CEO, Darebin City Council
Simon McMillan Simon has worked in local government for nearly 30 years in both inner and middle Melbourne metropolitan areas and has been with Banyule since 1999. Simon was appointed as CEO at Banyule City Council in 2007.  Prior to Simon’s appointment as CEO, he was the Director City Development responsible for Strategic Planning, Economic Development, Environment, Statutory Planning, Building, Engineering and Council Governance. CEO, Banyule City Council
Nerina Di Lorenzo Nerina has over 18 years’ experience in Victorian Local Government in a range of senior leadership roles spanning the areas of Business Improvement, Infrastructure Management and Project Delivery. Nerina has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Business and most recently completed a PhD on “Barriers and Enablers to implementing change in Victorian Local Government organisations”. CEO, Moreland City Council
David Turnbull David has 38 years’ experience with local government. David’s career has been with Interface municipalities undergoing significant change and growth, combined with the challenge of maintaining township, rural and green wedge qualities. CEO, Mitchell Shire Council

Local Government Areas

  • Banyule City Council
  • Darebin City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Whittlesea City Council

How to contact us

Email metropolitanpartnerships@delwp.vic.gov.au

The Northern Metropolitan Partnership will hold their second annual Assembly on Wednesday 15 August 2018 at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Craigieburn.

Come along and share your thoughts and experiences on the challenges and opportunities facing Melbourne's North. Register now

You can attend in person or register to stream the Assembly live. Transport will be available from the Craigieburn Railway Station. Please nominate if you would like to use this on the registration form.

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 25 October 2017. We heard what was important to the North: was that local residents had greater employment opportunities, close to home, and accessible by a well-connected transport system.  We have combined what we heard with the existing knowledge of the Partnership, and developed our advice:

  • Economic Development: A connected local economy with more jobs and improved connectivity
  • Education Pathways: Improve learning and employment pathways for residents
  • Environment: Improve connection to the natural environment
  • Connected Young People: Empower young people in the region
  • Health and Well-being: Increase access to affordable and culturally sensitive services

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 Wednesday 15 August 2018 at the Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn. Come along and share your thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing Melbourne's North. Registrations have now opened.

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 heard from.

This is your opportunity to work directly with the Northern Metropolitan Partnership to form our future advice to government.

Terry Larkins

Chair, Northern Metropolitan Partnership

What we heard from young people in the Northern region?

In May 2018, young people from the north 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 Northern breakout discussions.

Storyboard of Northern Youth Forum discussion

The 2017 Northern Assembly

On 25 October 2017, 172 community members, business representatives, councillors and mayors came together to help determine the key priorities for the Northern Metro Region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Partnership to inform their advice to government on priorities for the Northern region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action.

You can also download a copy of the 2017 Assembly Summary Report.

Northern Assembly Summary Report.pdf

Northern Assembly Summary Report.doc