What we do

Southern Metropolitan Partnership

The Southern Partnership engages 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.

The Southern partnership is taking a deeper dive into their priority issues to explore how we can better connect people in the Southern region to learning and skill building opportunities, mental health services, jobs and each other.

Community Forum
The Southern Metropolitan Partnership chose to dive deeper into community connectivity. The Partnership held three well-attended community forums, focusing on jobs and skills, transport and social isolation. The targeted forums were held in Mornington, Cardinia and Dandenong. The forums provided detailed feedback on the priority areas as they affect the diverse communities across the region. The Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education the Hon Gayle Tierney MP attended the Dandenong forum.

The Southern Metropolitan Partnership’s key priorities included:

Ensuring that people in the Southern Region have timely access to crisis accommodation.

Jobs and Skills
Linking young people and other community members to pathways that lead to jobs and training opportunities.

Transport Connectivity
Providing timely and reliable public transport connections across the region to enable people to access employment, education and community infrastructure.

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 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.

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 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.

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. Acting Chair
Shabnam Safa
Get to know Shabnam, watch her member profile video
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.

Jacqueline Galloway
Get to know Jacqie, watch her member profile video
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.
Vonda FenwickVonda has more than 25 years working in senior management roles in manufacturing, substantial consulting and training/adult education experience as well as recent volunteering and work experience across diverse sectors. She is currently serving as Chief Information Officer of South East Melbourne Manufacturers’ Alliance, a not-for-profit advocacy body for Manufacturers in the South-east of Melbourne.Member
Gabrielle North-HarneyGabrielle is a shopping Centre Manager in Bayside. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a seasoned Not for Profit board director. Ms North-Harney believes that a shopping centre is microcosm of the wider community which is why she works closely with all tiers of government and community groups to enrich community experiences. Ms North-Harney also holds a bachelor’s degree of Business from RMIT University and a Graduate diploma of Arts from the University of Melbourne.Member
Simon WhiteleySimon is a devoted community member both on a commercial and personal basis. He is currently the Managing Director & CEO of Corex Plastics Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University. Mr Whiteley has been an active community member for more than 26 years, on both a commercial and personal basis. His recent charity project, “This is IT!”, aims to equalise education through repurposing corporate laptops for secondary school students.Member
Argiri Alisandratos Argiri is the Deputy Secretary, Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria. Argiri joined the department more than 25 years ago as a child protection practitioner. Since then Argiri has held a number of senior leadership roles within the department including: Deputy Secretary South Division, Chief Operations Transformation Officer; Director, Southern Melbourne Area; Director, Inner Gippsland Area; Assistant Director, Placement and Family Services in the Children, Youth and Families Division; and Manager Community Services, Loddon Mallee Region. Victorian Government representative
Carol Jeffs Carol 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
Tim Tamlin
The City of Kingston has appointed Tim Tamlin as its interim CEO until 31 October 2021. Tim brings significant experience to the role, having served as CEO of South Gippsland Shire Council for 10 years and prior to that as Director of Engineering Services at the City of Greater Dandenong. Tim brings qualifications in science, management, banking and finance and has worked extensively in road and infrastructure management before moving into the local government sector.
Interim CEO, City Kingston 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
Phil Cantillon
Phil Cantillon was appointed as CEO of Frankston Council in September 2019. Mr Cantillon has been at Frankston City Council since October 2017 as the Director of Community Assets. He was previously been at Baw Baw Shire Council, including eight months as their interim CEO in 2017.
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 Baker John 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

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 Southern 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. Southern Region Partners include federal and state government departments, state government partners, local government authorities and philanthropic and non-government organisations.

Frankston Revitalisation

The Project will unlock and consolidate Frankston City Council, government and privately owned land in Frankston which will activate Frankston Metropolitan Activity Centre.

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.

Local Government Areas

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

Contact us

Email metropolitanpartnerships@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 21/06/21