The Eastern Partnership is one of six Metropolitan Partnerships established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.

Our 2017 advice identified the following priority outcomes:

Jobs for Youthreduce youth unemployment and grow apprenticeship, skill development and employment opportunities, with actions including:

  • research to identify gaps and develop framework for responding to youth unemployment
  • form an Eastern Regional Industry Taskforce to identify youth employment opportunities, strategies and service improvements.

Seamless Health & Social Servicesseamless services that are integrated and accessible to those who need the most support, with actions including:

  • conduct a scoping study to identify areas of greatest need and determine a range of options for improving the integration of health and social services across the region, with a focus on helping users navigate the system.

Social Inclusionimproved social connectivity and wellbeing, with actions including:

  • promote female participation in sport through improving access through the following female facilities projects: modular pavilions, pavilion upgrades, extra lighting.
  • gender equity training in sporting clubs.
  • produce a roadmap to address social isolation.

Affordable & Social Housingan increase in supply and access to affordable and social housing, with actions including:

  • develop a funding model and pilot project for affordable housing in the region.
  • identify unused private and government land suitable for affordable housing development.
  • improve processes to provide inclusionary zoning and enable affordable housing agreements and development.

Regional Connectivityimproved public and active transport connectivity, with actions including:

  • implement the Eastern Regional Trails Strategy – a network of shared hiking and cycling paths.
  • construct high-priority arterial road crossings (with pedestrian operated signals).
  • review criteria for identifying where pedestrian crossings are required.

It's not too late to have your say

As the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership, we heard from members of the community at the regional Assembly at Boronia K-12 College on 13 June 2018. If you were unable to attend we would still like to hear what is important to you in the Eastern region, to inform our next round of advice to Government.

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