The Western 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 become part of government’s key decision-making processes.

Following engagement with its community throughout 2017, the Western Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Western region.

The Partnership's advice for 2017 included:

Jobs and Skills: A more diverse and sustainable offering of local jobs and opportunities

Transport: Improve connectivity and access to employment, education, services and recreational activities

Reduce Entrenched Disadvantage: Improve targeted health and education interventions for children and disadvantaged groups

Connected Communities:
Embrace cultural, social and economic diversity

A Greener Region: Increase the greening of the west to create more liveable suburbs

Waste and Recycling Centre of Excellence:
Well planned suburbs and improved waste management

The Partnership held its second annual Assembly on Wednesday 18 July 2018 at Encore Events Centre, Hoppers Crossing, 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 Western Assembly Summary Report.

What we heard from young people in the Western 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 Western breakout discussions.

Western storyboard from Youth Forum

On 4 October 2017, 177 community members, business representatives, councillors and mayors came together to help determine the key priorities for the Western Metro Region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Partnership to inform it's advice to government on priorities for Melbourne's Western metro region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action.

You can also download a copy of the 2017 Assembly report.

Western Assembly Summary Report.pdf

Western Assembly Summary Report.doc

The Western Region

Melbourne's Western Metropolitan Region extends from the inner suburbs of Moonee Ponds, Footscray and Williamstown, through the middle-ring suburbs of Essendon, Maribyrnong, Sunshine and Altona, to the growth area suburbs surrounding Werribee and Melton.

Melbourne’s Western Metropolitan Region is the traditional home of the Wurundjeri and Wathaurong peoples of the Kulin Nation.

Read more about the Western 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.

Alex Cockram  Alex is the former CEO of Western Health, Victoria. She is a Board Director of Epworth HealthCare Group, a psychiatrist by training, and a clinician and leader in mental health and acute care. Alex is also an Associate Professor and Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry. Chair
Peter Dawkins  Peter is Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University. He has had leadership roles with the Victorian Government as Secretary of Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Deputy Secretary of Economic and Financial Policy, Department of Treasury and Finance. Deputy Chair
James Fitzgerald James is a Chartered Professional Engineer with experience designing and delivering major civil projects. He was previously Director of Members, Supporters and Business Development and a Board Director at Engineers Without Borders Australia, Australia's largest humanitarian engineering organisation. Member
Anna Reid Anna is Regional Manufacturing Operations Manager for Asahi Beverages, which includes factories in Laverton and Tullamarine. She is a leader in the manufacturing sector and was awarded 2015 Young Manufacturer of the Year at the Victorian Government's Manufacturing Industry awards. Member
Rhyll Dorrington Rhyll has over 20 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector, including eight years as the current CEO of Western Chances, an organisation that supports financially disadvantaged young people in Melbourne’s west. Among other education and training, Rhyll has completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University. Member
Christopher Campbell Chris is CEO of Citywide Service Solutions, a community-focused civic amenities, infrastructure and environmental services business. Chris has extensive experience in transformation, business growth, and strategy. He is currently also the Chair of Citywide North Melbourne Asphalt Plant. Member
Elleni Bereded-Samuel Elleni is the Diversity Capability Development Manager at Australian Unity. She has recently been appointed to the Multicultural Business Ministerial Council and is a non-executive Director on Western Health Board. Among other Commonwealth board appointments, Elleni served as Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission for six years and was appointed to The Women's Hospital Board. Member
 This position is currently vacant. Victorian Government representative
Stephen Wall Stephen’s local government career spans more than 19 years, working in six different councils in three different states. He has held a range of senior executive roles, including CEO at three councils, which includes his current role as CEO Maribyrnong City Council. CEO, Maribyrnong City Council
Helen Morrissey Helen has almost 30 years of experience in the sector. Prior to the current position as CEO, Helen was the Brimbank City Council Director for Community and Corporate Relations. Helen has held positions as General Manager of Corporate Services at Maribyrnong City Council and earlier in her career had a variety of management roles in community services and corporate areas at Darebin City Council. CEO, Brimbank City Council
Kel Tori Kelvin holds a Bachelor of Economics and Politics and has over thirty years of experience in local government. Kelvin was the General Manager Corporate Services at Melton City Council for eight years prior to moving into the position of CEO. CEO, Melton City Council
Aaron van Egmond Aaron commenced as CEO at Hobsons Bay City Council in June 2018. He has been a strong leader in Victorian local government sector for 15 years. Starting at Towong Shire council as Director of Development Services overseeing economic development, tourism, local laws, planning, building, environmental health and major projects.  He moved to Hepburn Shire Council as CEO where he had a strong focus on project delivery, financial sustainability and improvements in customer service and community engagement. CEO, Hobsons Bay City Council
Bryan Lancaster Bryan has been CEO of Moonee Valley City Council since 2015. He graduated as a civil engineer and worked in the private sector, designing and constructing infrastructure, before spending nearly 40 years in local government. CEO, Moonee Valley City Council
Kelly Grigsby Kelly has worked in local government for over 15 years, within the human services, community development, strategic and statutory planning areas, having held a number of general manager and director level positions. CEO, Wyndham City Council

Local Government Areas

  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Brimbank City Council
  • Melton City Council
  • Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Wyndham City Council

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Page last updated: 25/10/2018