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 2018, the Western Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Western region.

The Partnership's advice to government for 2018 included:

Jobs and Skills – Improve access to diverse and sustainable jobs close to where residents live, including targeted development of jobs and skills clusters in Werribee, Sunshine and Footscray, each with their own specific focus, as well as developing a new hospital in Footscray combined with a university campus focusing on health education

Public and Active Transport, Road Congestion and Freight – Increase the reach and strength of the western public transport and active transport network, directly improving liveability, health, access to jobs and services and reducing road congestion

Reduce Entrenched Disadvantage through Better Health and Education Services Support the health and wellbeing of children, especially in their first 1,000 days, as well as women and migrants. Targeted health and education interventions will help the western region to catch up to the rest of Melbourne, as well as providing more local jobs

Connected Communities – Foster an inclusive and creative western region that embraces and capitalises on the cultural, social and economic diversity of its people

Waste, Greening and Environmental Sustainability - Create opportunities to showcase innovative and best practice approaches to sustainability, community education, waste management and research activities, product recycling and waste disposal options, including alternative waste treatment, through a Centre of Excellence. Create liveable and well planned suburbs which incorporate open spaces, trees and appealing landscapes that respond to climate change.

How Government is responding: The 2018 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.

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 up to nine 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.

 This position is currently vacant 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
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 JacksonA 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 GoodenA 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
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
Anthea HarrisAnthea is Deputy Secretary of the newly formed Energy Group within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Prior to this, Anthea was Lead Deputy Secretary of Strategy and Planning Group at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Anthea was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Change Authority, held senior roles within the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, led the Secretariat for the National Emissions Trading Taskforce and held positions with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Frontier Economics and at the Productivity Commission. Anthea holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Queensland. 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
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
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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