Help shape the future of the East

Those of you who live and work in the Eastern Metropolitan Region know the opportunities and challenges facing your community better than anyone. By sharing the issues and priorities important to you, you can help shape the future of your region.

The purpose of this page is to let you know what the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership is up to in their annual cycle of work, and inform you of the next steps and how you can get involved.


The Eastern 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.

The government has asked the Partnership to provide independent advice on key priorities to deliver better outcomes for the community. This advice will become part of the government’s key decision-making processes.

The 2017 Eastern Assembly

In August 2017, an assembly was held by the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership, bringing together community members, business, councillors, and mayors to help determine the key priorities for the Eastern Metropolitan Region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Metroplitan Partnership to inform advice to government on priorities for Melbourne's Eastern Region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action

The 2017 Assembly highlighted the following community priorities for the East:

  • Improve the region’s housing affordability
  • Ensure there are adequate services, such as health services, and infrastructure to support a growing population
  • Improve transport connectivity and accessibility across the region including public transport options, more parking at train stations
  • Strengthen social cohesion through education and informal and formal recreation spaces
  • Create recreational opportunities for young people in the region, including options for music, arts and festivals to retain youth involvement
  • Ensure development is balanced to protect the region’s natural assets
  • Training and job opportunities for all ages

Read more about the priorities and actions identified on the evening in the summary report here (pdf download 5MB)

Can't open the file? You can download pdf reader here.

Eastern Metropolitan Partnership Chair, Robin Whyte:

"The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership is a unique opportunity for our community to convey to State Government what matters to us and what we think are the priorities that have real meaning for the future of Eastern Melbourne.

The Metropolitan Partnership model gives our region the chance to challenge traditional perceptions about the Eastern Region and influence innovative outcomes for our suburbs.

I encourage everyone living and working in the Eastern Region to take the opportunity to engage with this process and join the discussion.

We want to know what you value about the East and what opportunities you think we should be seizing now to ensure our future success as a place to live, work and visit."

Find out more about the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership and your Partnership members here.

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