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.

Following engagement with its community throughout 2017, the Northern Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Northern region.

The Partnership's advice for 2017 included:

Economic Development: A connected local economy with more jobs and improve 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

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 report.

Northern Assembly Summary Report.pdf

Northern Assembly Summary Report.doc

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 is employed as 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 Bain is Chief Executive of Plenty Valley Community Health in Whittlesea. 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

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