The Southern Metropolitan Partnership’s first annual assembly will take place on 11 October 2017.

Join the conversation now and help shape the future of the region. Visit Engage Victoria to have your say or register your interest in attending the assembly.

Shabnam Safa, Southern Metropolitan Partnership

Bringing your thoughts and advice to government

The Southern Metropolitan Partnership will work closely with its community to identify and address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region, by bringing together and facilitating stronger collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and all levels of government.

The Partnership will look for opportunities to drive improved social, economic and environmental outcomes and advise the government on actions that can make a real difference to the liveability and prosperity of their region.

The Southern Region

Melbourne’s Southern Region spans bayside, growth areas and regional hubs of Frankston and Dandenong, and extends from its northern border at Cheltenham and Moorabbin, to the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula and the eastern limits of Pakenham and Officer.

We acknowledge the Aboriginal people as Australia's first peoples and as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we rely.

Read more about the Southern 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.

Elizabeth Deveny  Elizabeth is CEO of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. She was formerly the CEO of Bayside Medicare Local and has worked at the University of Melbourne building and coordinating activities of the general practice practice-based research network. Chair
Andrew Simmons  Andrew is CEO of South East Local Learning and Employment Network, where he works to improve outcomes for young people in the education, training and employment sectors through the development of strategic sustainable partnerships. He also sits on a broad range of committees, task forces, networks and boards. Deputy Chair
Andrew Cornwall Andrew is Managing Director of Ventura Bus Company, Melbourne's largest bus provider, with over 1,500 employees and delivery of 32 million passenger trips across the southern region. Andrew is the third generation of the Cornwall family to have led Ventura and is currently on the board of Bus Association Victoria.  Member
Vicki MacDermid Vicki is Executive Director and Partner at Pitcher Partners where she delivers business advisory solutions to a broad portfolio of clients. Vicki is also Chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee and author of a research paper “What Horses Teach us about Leadership”. Member
Shabnam Safa Shabnam co-founded Noor Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, to help newly arrived refugees and migrants with their settlement in Australia and to foster a positive connection between young people and their community. She has represented Australia at the UN and other international summits and has also earned her black-belt in karate. Member
Jillian Walsh Jill is a Partner with Actco Pickering Metal Industries. Ms Walsh is an accountant by profession and has spent more than a decade working in Dandenong where she is well known for her passionate advocacy for local content in government procurement, together with support for local and Victorian manufacturing across all sectors. Member
Andrew Gardiner Andrew is the CEO of Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-operative Ltd. (DDACL). He has more than thirty years’ experience working in the Indigenous sector in Victoria and Far North Queensland, including seven years with the Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and the past eight years with DDACL. Member
Jacqueline Galloway Jackie is CEO of Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC), an independent not-for-profit organisation that provides free legal services to Melbourne’s south-eastern communities. She has worked at the Centre since 1998 holding various roles including caseworker, program management and executive positions, prior to her role at PCLC she has worked in the welfare sector. Member
Jenny Atta Jenny is Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure & Finance Services Group at Department of Education and Training. Ms Atta has extensive experience working in the public sector. Victorian Government representative
Garry McQuillan  Garry has held the position of CEO at Cardinia Shire Council for over 10 years.  He has a long history in local government in Victoria and NSW.  Garry is the Chairperson of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Development Australia Committee and is a member of the Interface and South East Metropolitan group of councils. CEO, Cardinia Shire Council
Mike Tyler Mike has been the CEO of Casey since 1995. Prior to this he worked at City of Berwick as Director Development Services and Deputy City Planner. CEO, Casey City Council
John Nevins John has been CEO at the City of Kingston since May 2005. Before joining Kingston, John spent 10 years working in Local Government in metropolitan Melbourne. John’s experience also includes seven years of senior management and leadership roles at the Public Transport Corporation and 12 years in the Victorian Public Service. CEO, Kingston City Council
Dennis Hovenden CEO, Frankston City Council, Dennis has more than 30years local government experience across three states and has tertiary qualifications in Political Science, Legal Studies and Public Sector Management.  Dennis is a member of the Victorian LGPRO Board, the National Local Government Professionals Australia Board and is International Vice President on the ICMA Board. CEO, Frankston City Council
John Bennie John was appointed CEO of the Greater Dandenong City Council in 2006. He was previously CEO at Manningham City Council and has held numerous executive roles over his 37 year local government career. John is currently a non-Executive Director at MAVIB; Chisholm Institute and Mannacare P/L. In 2012, he concluded seven continuous years of service to LGPro and LGMA where he held the respective positions of State President (2005 and 2006) and National President (2011). CEO, Greater Dandenong 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. CEO at Mornington Peninsula Shire since 2014. Sector experience in healthcare, facilities management, transport and manufacturing and construction project management.  Highly skilled in maximising business performance, executing clear business strategies and increasing customer satisfaction. CEO, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Local Government Areas

  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Casey City Council
  • Kingston City Council
  • Frankston City Council
  • Greater Dandenong City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

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