Help shape the future of the Inner Metro

Those of you who live and work in the Inner Metro 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 Inner Metro Partnership is up to in their annual cycle of work, and inform you of the next steps and how you can get involved.


The Inner Metro 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 Inner Metro Assembly

On 13 September 2017, 143 community members, business representatives, councillors and mayors came together to help determine the key priorities for the Inner Metro Region. The outcomes of the Assembly have been used by the Metropolitan Partnership to inform advice to government on priorities for Melbourne's Inner Metro Region.

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action

The 2017 Assembly highlighted the following priorities for the Inner Metro:

  • Rough Sleeping and Affordable Housing: More support for those rough sleeping and increasing supply of affordable housing
  • Improve health and well-being, safety and educational outcomes for Aboriginal children
  • Improve connectivity to urban renewal areas to stimulate economic activity
  • Retain and enhance places for local innovative and creative economies
  • Ensure environmental benefits and mitigating environmental impacts

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.

Inner Metro Partnership Chair, Tony Keenan:

"I grew up in the bush in a place called Benalla, but since 17 I have always lived around inner Melbourne. Inner Melbourne is very important for me because of the history with homelessness and social policy.

My hope is that we can get a broad coalition of people together, get them excited about this part of Melbourne and working on the complex challenges we are facing – How do we build a city where people want to and can afford to live, where there is a thriving economy that delivers greater equity and opportunities for all of us."

Find out more about the Inner Metro Partnership and your Partnership members here.

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