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 Partnership's advice for 2017 included:
Housing: Provide greater access to affordable housing options across the region
Transport: Improve connectivity and access to employment, education, services and recreational activities
Education and Youth Engagement: Increase education and retention for children and young people
Water: Develop a regional approach to water usage to provide for long term economic growth and environmental benefit
The 207 Southern Assembly
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
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