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 become part of government’s key decision-making processes.

Following engagement with its community throughout 2018, the Northern Metropolitan Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Northern region.

The Partnership's advice for 2018 included:
Jobs and Investment – Attract investment and create more local jobs to improve regional prosperity and liveability for all.

Transport and Infrastructure – Improve connectivity and accessibility within the region to ease congestion and support participation for all.

Health and Wellbeing - Improve health and wellbeing by increased access to affordable primary health services that cater to everyone in our community with a focus on early intervention.

Lifelong Learning – Supporting a seamless approach to lifelong learning for all ages, resulting in a more skilled, work-ready, employed, resilient and connected community.

Environmental Sustainability – Protect and enhance the quality of the region’s natural assets, promote the use of renewable energy and improve connection to nature and open spaces.

Connected Young People - To build a strong and resilient region where young people have a voice, feel connected to their communities, are healthy and respected, and where diversity thrives.

How Government is responding: The 2018 Report Back

2018 Northern Assembly

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly on Wednesday 15 August 2018 at the Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn, 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 Northern Assembly Summary Report to see the feedback and great ideas from the night's discussions.

The Northern Metropolitan Partnership is currently reviewing all the feedback it received from the community during 2018 to develop its advice to government on the priorities for the Northern region. The Partnership looks forward to sharing its 2018 advice shortly.

What we heard from young people

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

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

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 up to nine community and business representatives with varied backgrounds, experiences and networks, the CEO of each of local government in that region and a Deputy Secretary from the Victorian State 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. Helen was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2019 for service to the community through a range of organisations.  Deputy Chair
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 sector leader having held roles as CEO of Plenty Valley Community Health in Whittlesea and Goulburn Valley Medicare Local in Wyndham. Phillip has a long-standing interest in public policy, especially as it affects the north of Melbourne and serves on numerous boards and committees in the region. Phillip is currently the Interim CEO at Your Community Health in Darebin. 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 BamblettEsme 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. Esme is an elected member of the Victorian First Peoples’ Assembly. The Assembly will be the voice for Aboriginal people in the next phase of the Treaty process in Victoria.Member
Kate Rattigan  Kate is the Deputy Secretary, People and Executive Services group at the Department of Education and Training where she leads services and advice in human resources, communications and media, legal, executive and ministerial services, occupational health and safety, integrity reform and audit. Kate’s group directly services the Department’s 1500 Victorian government schools. With degrees in Law, Employment and Labour Relations, Kate was the previously the Executive Director of the Department’s Legal Division.     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
Kelvin Spiller            As an experienced senior leader, Kelvin has a long and distinguished career in local government in Victoria and around Australia. He has held eight CEO roles of which six have been in local government, and the most recent ones were at Rural City of Wangaratta, City of Greater Geelong and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. He has been at Acting CEO at Whittlesea since December 2019.Acting CEO, Whittlesea City Council
Carl Cowie     Carl is a Scotland native with qualifications in economics, finance, MBA and studies at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Formally CEO at Mornington Peninsula Shire, Carl commenced at Nillumbik Shire Council in October 2018. He has experience in healthcare, facilities management, transport and manufacturing and construction project management and is interested in maximising business performance, executing clear business strategies and increasing customer satisfaction in the work of Council.      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
Allison BeckwithAllison began as the CEO at Banyule Council in December 2019. She has a long career in local government and has extensive experience in program and service delivery across the Community Services industry. She has led teams to develop policy, undertake strategic planning and deliver programs and services to the community to meet identified needs. CEO, Banyule City Council
Cathy HendersonCathy began her role as CEO at Moreland in December 2019. She has a distinguished leadership record in the local government sector where she has held senior executive positions in New South Wales and Victoria. Before working as General Manager Community at neighbouring Darebin City Council, Cathy held senior executive roles at Waverley Council in Sydney including acting as General Manager. CEO, Moreland City Council
David Turnbull David is an accomplished, dedicated local government CEO with a 40-year career in local government. His entire career has been with Interface municipalities undergoing significant change and growth, combined with the challenge of maintaining township, rural and green wedge qualities. He has played a key leadership role in the formation and success of key regional organisations including Interface Councils, the Northern Region Councils and the National Growth Areas Alliance. With a strong reputation within and beyond the sector, he has particular strengths in forging relationships and alliances for the benefit of Council and the community. 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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