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 across the region. This advice ensures a community voice in government decision making.

The Northern Metropolitan Partnership’s vision is for a region where all people have access to jobs, services and infrastructure that allows them to be healthy and well.

The Northern Metropolitan Partnership held multiple well-attended engagement activities during 2019 including:

Youth Forum
The Northern Metropolitan Partnership chose to dive deeper into issues facing youth in the North. The Partnership hosted a Youth Forum on 12 October. Minister Kairouz attended this event which brought together 60 young people aged 15-25 years and representatives from youth and community services from across the region. Young people shared their experiences in a co-design format highlighting the challenges they face in getting around, building their skills, staying healthy and feeling valued by their communities.

Priorities for the region identified in engagements included:

Transport Connectivity
Improving transport connectivity across the region to ensure people have better access to services and employment opportunities.

Jobs and Economy
Attracting investment and creating more local jobs to improve regional prosperity and liveability for all.

Health and Wellbeing
Ensuring all residents have access to affordable primary health and community services that cater to their needs with a focus on prevention.

Environmental Sustainability
Protecting and enhancing the region’s natural assets and reducing the impact of climate change.

Lifelong Learning
Supporting a seamless approach to lifelong learning to develop a more skilled, work-ready, employed, resilient and connected community.

Connected Young People
Prioritising the voice of young people so that they feel supported to pursue their aspirations.

See below: Locally created Graphic Recordings which captured Northern Youth Forum participant's discussions about what's important to young people in the Northern Metropolitan region. Youth Forum 2019 Graphic Spoken Word activity group discussed what is important to young people in the north.

Youth Forum 2019 Graphic Writing Group

Youth Forum 2019 Graphic Dance Group

Youth Forum 2019 Graphic Recording Rap group

How the Victorian Government responded

Our community engagement work informs our annual advice to government. You can read how the Victorian Government responded to our advice on the priorities for the Inner Metropolitan Region by downloading How Government is responding: The 2019 Report Back.

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.

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 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 OAM PSM Terry is an experienced leader and practitioner in local government and community development sectors who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2021 for these services. 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 also awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1995 for Outstanding Public Service to Local Government. Chair
Helen Coleman OAMHelen 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
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.

Ashley McInnesAshley is a Senior Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Management executive with extensive experience across the economic, education, justice and health sectors. Mr McInnes is currently employed by La Trobe University as the Director of Communications and Stakeholder External Engagement and the University City of the Future Group. He is currently a board member of NORTH Link and a working group for the Leukemia Foundation while also on an advisory body for the Shirley Robinson Childcare Centre in Coburg.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
Craig LLoyd            Craig is CEO at Whittlesea City Council. In previous roles he was the the Chief Executive Officer of neighbouring Murrindindi Shire Council, and was previously a Director at the City of Greater Bendigo. Craig has extensive senior executive experience in the public sector, including roles with state and local government, emergency services and not-for profit organisations. Craig holds a Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Project Management and a Post Graduate Certificate in Community Development.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
Brett LuxfordBrett is a strong leader with experience across economic development, planning and environment and revitalisation. Brett was previous Director Economy Investment & Attraction at Greater Geelong Council. He has been successful in executive leadership roles across a range of Councils with strong experience working in growth areas, peri-urban and rural areas. Brett has also held senior roles with Hume City Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council.CEO, Mitchell 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
Roslyn WaiRoslyn Wai was appointed to the role of interim Chief Executive Officer at Hume City Council in March. Roslyn joined Council in 2019 as Director, Communications Engagement and Advocacy – bringing 30 years’ experience working across the media, tertiary education and water sectors in public relations, community engagement, customer service, business management, strategy and governance. Prior to joining Council, Roslyn was Executive General Manager Strategy and Governance (Corporate Secretary) with Coliban Water. She has a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts (Professional Communication), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.Interim CEO, Hume City Council
Allison Beckwith Allison 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 Henderson Cathy 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

A new focus on supporting all of Melbourne’s suburbs

The Victorian Government is implementing a range of initiatives designed to address population growth by ensuring as Melbourne grows in size, it also grows into a stronger, fairer and greener city. That is why, the Victorian Government created Victoria’s first Suburban Development portfolio to focus on ensuring “All of Melbourne’s residents will have affordable and reliable access to jobs, services and infrastructure, no matter where they live”.

Intersection in an urban area with a car and some bollards.

Five-year plans for jobs, services and infrastructure

The Government will develop and deliver 5 Year Plans for Jobs, Services and Infrastructure as the primary vehicle for implementing its suburban development agenda.  The Plans will be developed for each of Melbourne’s six metropolitan regions and reflect the government's commitments to addressing their specific needs for infrastructure and services and driving new investment and jobs growth.

Responding to local and regional level priorities through improved partnerships, actions and outcomes

The Plans will also reflect the outcomes of the State's partnership with other levels of Government, industry and communities to enhance the competitiveness, liveability and resilience of each metropolitan region. In developing the Plans, a key focus of the Suburban Development portfolio will be to encourage initiatives that involve partnerships between levels of government, industry and communities in addressing metropolitan regional priorities.

The plans will be updated annually to reflect the ongoing work and input provided by the Metropolitan Partnerships and the outcomes of State, Commonwealth and Local Government budget processes.

Download copy of the Northern region Five Year Plans for Jobs, Services and Infrastructure 2018-2022 - click here

The Delivery Coordination program work in partnerships to ensure planning and delivery of infrastructure, services and economic development is coordinated and customised to the needs of Melbourne’s regions and suburbs. Projects range from complete urban revitalisation and integrated community health hubs to upgrading of education and learning facilities and recreational nature trails. Partners include federal and state government departments, state government partners, local government authorities and philanthropic and non-government organisations.

Building Resilience in New and Emerging Communities

This report investigates state and local actions to ensure greater attention to community resilience for new and emerging communities. This work was funded through the Metropolitan Partnership Development Fund.

Participating councils:

The three councils of the Northern Metropolitan Partnership: Mitchell, Whittlesea and Hume City Council

Report prepared by:

K2 Planning and Kinnetica

Cover of the Building Resilience in New and Emerging Communities report

Building Communities, Connecting People: Northern Horizons 2020 report

Outlines major priorities for infrastructure, jobs, health, environment and transport for the Northern region and highlights key strategic directions to guide economic and social recovery.

Participating councils:

The seven councils of Melbourne’s North including Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Mitchell, Moreland, Nillumbik and Whittlesea

Delivery partner:

Hume City Council, on behalf of the Northern Metropolitan Partnership and the Northern Councils Alliance

Other project partners:

North LINK

La Trobe University

Extensive consultation was undertaken with key stakeholders and organisations across the Northern region together with relevant government representatives.

You can watch a recording of the virtual launch from 26 October 2020 online. Please note this is best viewed on Google Chrome.

Broadmeadows Urban Revitalisation

Broadmeadows Urban Revitalisation project is a $ 30.5m package of infrastructure initiatives to catalyse the revitalisation of Broadmeadows. Seven precinct development projects will significantly stimulate investment in the Broadmeadows Metropolitan Activity Centre activating major state government, Hume City Council, VicTrack and VicRoads land holdings in Broadmeadows for the development of housing demonstration sites, office and commercial floor space, premium public open space and a multi-deck carpark.

Northern Region Partners include the Office for Suburban Development, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, VicTrack, VicRoads and Hume City Council.

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.

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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