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 ensures a community voice in government decision making.

The Western Metropolitan Partnership held multiple well-attended engagement activities during 2019 including:

'In Conversation: The Future Economy of Melbourne’s West', a business forum held on 24 October 2019 at the Werribee Park's Refectory. ‚ÄčThis event brought together a range of business stakeholders, industry experts and guest speakers including former Premier, the Hon Steve Bracks AC. The Minister for Suburban Developmentand the Minister for Public Transport and Ports and Freight also participated.

The Partnership also held a targeted round table, 'Health Focus: Regional Priorities for the West' on 14 October 2019 which engaged over 60 health professionals to understand priorities, identify gaps and align work occurring throughout the sector.

Priorities for the region identified in engagements included:

Jobs and Skills
Offering a diverse and sustainable range of rewarding jobs close to where people live, and building skills and capability in the population to perform these jobs.

Developing an integrated public and active transport network to address growth, provide equitable access to jobs, health and education, and consolidate the West as a hub for freight and logistics.

Reducing entrenched disadvantage through better health services, improving health and well-being, particularly for children and women and those at risk of chronic diseases.

Waste and Recycling
Creating liveable and well-planned suburbs in the west, which incorporate open spaces, trees and appealing landscapes that respond to climate change and sustainable waste treatment.

Connected Communities
Improving access to health and community services to support vulnerable members of the community and new residents from within Australia and overseas, lifting the West’s reputation as an inclusive and creative region of Melbourne.

A summary of the business forum can be viewed in the video below.

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 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.

In May 2018 young people from western Melbourne joined other 15-19 year-old's from each of Melbourne's six regions at the Metropolitan Partnerships Youth Forum at the State Library of Victoria. They shared their ideas for maintaining and improving the livability of their communities.

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 the Victorian Government.

Watch the video below to see the 2017 Assembly in action.

You can also download a copy of the 2017 Assembly report in PDF and Word formats.

Metropolitan Partnerships are made of community and business representatives with varied backgrounds, experiences and networks, the CEO of each of local government in the region and a Deputy Secretary from the Victorian State Government.

Louise Glanville
Louise Glanville was appointed Chair of the Western Metropolitan Partnership in November 2019. Louise is the Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Legal Aid. She has extensive experience across the justice, social services and government sectors. Louise is also the Chair of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority. Prior to her appointment at Victoria Legal Aid, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Deputy CEO at the National Disability Insurance Agency, and the inaugural Director of Victoria’s Neighbourhood Justice Centre Project office.

Peter Dawkins
Chair, West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WoMEDA)
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
Michael Lim
Michael is currently a Manager at YLab, the youth-focused consulting, design and social enterprise arm of the Foundation for Young Australians. He has a range of experience partnering with local young people to co-design and co-develop solutions to complex social challenges (such as youth unemployment) in Melbourne's Western region. He has previously served as the voluntary CEO of CHASE, a youth-led non-for-profit devoted to working with year 11 VCAL students to improve health literacy in Melbourne's West. Michael has worked closely with local schools, youth organisations and young community leaders, and was named Brimbank Young Citizen of the Year in 2018 and the Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champion in the Impact category in 2017.
Karen Jackson A Yorta woman with more than 20 years' experience working directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and community organisations in Melbourne's Western region. She is the Director of the Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit at Victoria University, and serves as a board member for the Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Wyndham Aboriginal Community Centre. Karen has been deeply involved in a wide range of community engagement forums and is committed to the creation and maintenance of engaged and equal relationships between government and the Aboriginal communities of the West. Member
Christopher Gooden A local business owner in Seddon for the last 16 years and has been involved in community service his whole life. He is Vice President of a local sports club for LGBTIQ community members and works as a mentor for Vincent Care’s Ozanam Community Centre. Christopher was named Maribyrnong Council Citizen of the Year in 2019. 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
Maree LangMaree is the MD at City West Water and has held senior leadership consulting and executive roles working across sectors including manufacturing, resources, research, government and industry associations. Maree holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (Honours) and Commerce from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration (Prof) from Melbourne Business School.Member
Kylie WhiteKylie White is Deputy Secretary, Environment and Climate Change in the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). She commenced in this role in April 2018. Previously she was the Executive Director, Energy, Resources and Environment in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Kylie has a Bachelor of Forest Science, a Master of Science (Environmental Management) and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School.Previous roles have included senior roles in DELWP, Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources and Interim CEO at the Latrobe Valley Authority.Victorian Government representative
Helen Sui Helen has more 20 years professional experience in the Local Government, State Government and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to accepting the CEO role at Moonee Valley, Helen was the Director Asset Management Reform and Implementation with the DHHS Housing Division. Helen’s most recent Local Government experience includes four years at the Whittlesea City Council, where she initially held the role of Director Corporate Services and then took on the role of Director City Transport and Presentation. CEO, Moonee Valley
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
Kelvin 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
Natalie Walker Natalie Walker is an urban planner and has been highly successful in executive leadership roles across a range of Councils, with strong experience and expertise in advocacy, growth area planning, service delivery and infrastructure. Natalie brings more than 25 years of local government experience to the role. Ms Walker holds a Master of Policy and Human Services and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning) from RMIT University. Acting CEO, Wyndham City 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 Western Metropolitan 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. Partners include federal and state government departments, state government partners, local government authorities and philanthropic and non-government organisations.

Footscray Learning Precinct

The Footscray Learning Precinct will expand and upgrade learning spaces and bring together early childhood education, primary and secondary schools, Victoria University (VU), Maribyrnong City Council (MCC) and other community and business stakeholders to deliver opportunities for world class education and improved community outcomes in the inner west.

Western Region Partners include the Department of Education and Training, VicRoads, Maribyrnong City Council, Victoria University, the local community, the private sector and the Office for Suburban Development.

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.

Local Government Areas

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

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Page last updated: 18/06/21