About Our Partnership

The Partnership is an independent body appointed by the Victorian Government to advise on issues facing the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. They are members of your community who are best placed to shed light on the issues and priorities important to south-east Melbourne. The Partnership are comprised of community and business members together with state and local government representatives.

The Inner South-east Partnership’s vision is for a region that is liveable, equitable and agile. Following engagement with its community throughout 2018, the Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Inner South-east region.

The Partnership's advice to the Victorian Government for 2018 included:

  • Economy, Industry & Jobs - encourage opportunities to work close to home, supporting a vibrant local economy, place and community
  • Transport Connectivity - improve the safety and reliability of movement in the region to better connect people via different transport modes
  • Affordable & Social Housing - focus on the region’s key workforce and future housing needs to support the growing community and economy
  • Open Space - deliver inclusive, vibrant and healthy neighbourhoods through accessible, high quality open spaces, with a particular focus on access to sporting infrastructure
  • Environmental Sustainability - new 2018 priority to support environmental resilience & sustainability by adapting to climate change and transitioning to a low-carbon city

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  • Empowering youth to have their say at the Metropolitan Partnerships Youth Forum and pop-up InstaWorkshop on issues that matter to them.
  • $154 million across Melbourne to create more than 6500 hectares of parkland with new walking and bike trails right across our suburbs, including: 25 pocket parks in inner suburbs
  • Permanent open space and additional parking in Carnegie
  • Through the Victorian Government’s Social Housing Investment Planning (SHIP) grants program, Glen Eira Council received funding to help drive the planning and development of social housing in their respective areas.

Learn more about the Inner South-east Metropolitan Region

The area captures high density residential and retail precincts such as South Yarra as well as quieter residential streets through middle suburbs such as Balwyn, Bentleigh and Black Rock. The Inner South East Metro Region is a desirable residential location with strong retail employment. The Inner South East is the traditional home to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.

Upon initial settlement, the inner south east suburbs were some of the first in Melbourne to experience intensive development, with the first land auctions in the Inner South East Metro Region taking place only a few years after those in the Inner Metro Region. By 1860, the expanding railway network serviced Brighton and, by 1906, Melbourne’s first major electrified tram line was in operation between St Kilda and Brighton.

Cyclist riding down a street with shops along it and trees shading the road.

The last years of the twentieth century also ushered in a number of developments in the field of tertiary education. The merger between the Chisholm Institute of Technology and Monash University in 1990 created the Monash University Caulfield campus which has grown to more than 17,000 enrolments. Just two years later, Swinburne Technical College was elevated to university status and now has more than 20,000 enrolments. The 2013 opening of the Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran built further on this trend.

Today, the Inner South East Metro Region is Melbourne’s second smallest region by area but one of the most prosperous. The region includes the inner suburb LGAs of Stonnington, Glen Eira, and Boroondara, as well coastal Bayside, with its iconic beach boxes and a premier golf course. The high density of heritage-listed structures and gardens, alongside modern universities, retail hubs, and businesses, is a testament to both the long history, and ongoing prosperity of the Inner South East Metro Region.

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Page last updated: 10/02/20