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 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. Phillip currently chairs the Victorian Government's Community Health Taskforce. 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
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
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
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
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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Page last updated: 19/09/19