What we do

Southern Metropolitan Partnership

The Southern Partnership will engage with the wider community to identify issues and opportunities, and advise State Government on the priorities for this region.


The Southern 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 2018, the Southern Metropolitan Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Southern region.

The Partnership's advice for 2018 included:

Housing Provide greater access to affordable housing options across the Southern region.

Transport Improve access to employment, education, services and recreation across the region with higher frequency public transport and greater connectivity and integration of services

Education and youth engagement Increased engagement and retention in education for pre-school-aged children and supporting mental health at secondary schools

Jobs and skills– 
Better education and training opportunities and pathways to employment for young people in the region.

Broad scale uptake of fit-for-purpose recycled water across the Southern region providing a climate resilient water resource for long term economic growth and environmental benefit.

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly on Wednesday 1 August 2018 at Patterson River Secondary College, Seaford, 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 Southern Assembly Summary Report.

What we heard from young people in the Southern region

In May 2018, young people from the south 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 Southern breakout discussions.

Storyboard of Youth Forum discussion

On 11 October 2017, 136 community members, business representatives, councillors and mayors came together to help determine the key priorities for the Southern Metro region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Partnership to inform its advice to government on the priorities for the Southern region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action.

You can also download a copy of the 2017 Assembly report

Southern Assembly Summary Report.pdf

Southern Assembly Summary Report.doc

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 A/Secretary, Department of Education and Training. Ms Atta has extensive experience working in the public sector. Ms Atta has extensive experience working in the public sector. Victorian Government representative
Carol JeffsCarol has extensive experience in local government management and leadership, and a demonstrated commitment to community engagement and participation.  Carol brings more than 15 years’ experience as a senior local government executive, and has held positions of Interim Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Community and Economic Development at the City of Port Phillip, and was previously General Manager Governance and Manager City Planning at Latrobe City Council.CEO, Cardinia Shire Council
Glenn Patterson Glenn was appointed CEO in October 2018. He has formally been the CEO at Yarra Ranges Shire Council since 2008 and CEO at Baw Baw Council. He has 25 years’ senior management experience with a number of metropolitan and rural councils, his first CEO role being at Colac Otway Shire in 1998. He also spent a period as the CEO of a Melbourne based property development group.        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
John BakerJohn has extensive local government experience in the UK combined with commercial expertise developed as lead Partner in both Ernst and Young and KPMG in the UK and Australia. John has worked on some of the largest local government development programmes including “London Ventures” a private and public sector partnership and “Placed Based Budgets” which tackled local issues as diverse as health, social services and transport infrastructure.      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

How to contact us

Email metropolitanpartnerships@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 14/03/19