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.

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.

NameProfilePosition
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.

Chair
Peter Dawkins
Chair, West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WoMEDA). Peter was Curtin University’s first Professor of Economics from 1990 to 1995 and the Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne from 1996 to 2005. From 2005 to 2010 he held senior positions in the Victorian Public Service, including Deputy Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance and Secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. From 2011 to December 2020 Peter was Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University. In 2017 he received an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Deputy Chair
Michael Lim
Michael is currently a Senior Manager at YLab, the youth-focused consulting and co-design 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. Michael also currently sits on the Melton and Tarneit Revitalisation Boards.
Member
Christopher Gooden
Chris has been 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
Karen Jackson
A Yorta 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  member of the Indigenous Advisory Group at FCA C and the Co-Chair of the Koling wad-ngal Aboriginal Corporation. 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
Maree Lang
Maree is the Managing Director of Greater Western Water and has held senior leadership consulting and executive roles working across sectors including manufacturing, resources, research, government and industry associations.
Ms Lang holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (Honours) and Commerce from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration (Prof) from Melbourne Business School.
Member
Gail O’DonnellGail joined HealthWest Partnership as the Executive Officer in July 2011. Gail’s previous roles included five years at Quality Improvement & Community Services Accreditation (QICSA) as the Operations Manager and Deputy CEO. Prior to this Gail was an Executive Manager of Community Care in a large rural community health service, with organisational responsibility for quality. Member
Elleni Bereded-Samuel
Elleni is an experienced senior executive, board member and community leader whose work with Australians particularly with people from migrants and refugee backgrounds has been recognized with many awards including an AM for services to the community in 2019. She has also been recognised in the Westpac AFR award as one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia.
Elleni builds advocacy for diversity initiatives and uses her deep networks to build collaboration with diverse stakeholders.Currently, Elleni is the Executive Manager Diversity and Capability Development with Australian Unity. She provides though leadership and subject matter expertise on diversity and inclusion related issues in to our diverse community of senior Australians.
Member
Krushnadevsinh (Kano) RavaljiKrushnadevsinh (Kano) is a 21-year old Youth and Multiculturalism Advocate, who empowers young people and those from multicultural backgrounds. Kano is a member of Centre for Multicultural Youth, partaking in multiple youth programs, works at the ABC to promote the ‘Takeover’ youth storytelling competition and supports CALD communities through the Access and Inclusion team at the Victorian Electoral Commission. Additionally, Kano volunteers for yLead, MYAN, Commission for Children & Young People and Headspace. Not only do these organisations enable Kano to broaden his engagement with the community, but allow him to advise policy-making that is culturally appropriate and inclusive. He shares his common migration experience, to empower others in sharing their own stories.Member
Robyn GawendaRobyn is currently responsible for driving strategy and business sustainability at the Footscray Community Arts Centre and is a Board member of Theatre Network Victoria. Robyn is passionate about championing creativity and community engagement as key drivers of socially just and economically vibrant communities and is motivated to work in contexts where strategic and ethical decision making foster equitable, sustainable and accessible solutions. Before joining Footscray Community Arts Centre, Robyn worked across the government, NFP and independent sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from UWA, a Masters of Arts Management from RMIT and is a MBA Candidate at Melbourne Business School.Member
Stephen WallStephen’s local government career spans more than 20 years, working in six different councils in three different states. He has held a range of senior executive roles, including CEO at four councils, which includes his current role as CEO Wyndham City Council.CEO, Wyndham City Council
Kelvin ToriKelvin 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 EgmondAaron commenced as CEO at Hobsons Bay City Council in June 2018.  He has been a strong leader in the 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
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

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

Contact us

Email metropolitanpartnerships@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 27/08/21