Help shape the future of the North

Those of you who live and work in the Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern 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 be become part of the government’s key decision-making processes.

The 2017 Northern Assembly

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

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action

Overall, 2017 Assembly participants agreed that the Partnership's ten priority statements were key priorities for the North:

  • Our young people will feel connected, healthy and respected and our communities will embrace arts, cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Our region will be a leader in environmental responsibilities, committing to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
  • Our region will strike a balance between protecting our precious natural assets and keeping communities safe from the impacts of natural disasters.
  • Our community will be connected to our natural environment through recreational trails.
  • Residents of our region will have greater employment opportunities, close to home, accessible by a well connected transport system.
  • Improved transport connections within our region will ease congestion on the roads and public transport.
  • A seamless approach to lifelong learning from early childhood to retirement years, resulting in a more skilled, work-ready, resilient and connected community.
  • Improved health and wellbeing within our communities through increased access to affordable clinical health and community services that cater to our culturally diverse community.
  • Mental health services and family violence response services are easy to access throughout our region.
  • Housing in the region is affordable, balances development with protection of green wedges, demonstrates quality design, and maintains the distinct character of our neighbourhoods.

Participants identified other priorities for consideration, including:

  • Preparing for the digital economy
  • Increasing the supply of affordable and social housing
  • Supporting older age groups and their growing needs
  • Crime prevention and addressing homelessness.

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

Northern Metropolitan Partnership Chair, Terry Larkins:

‘The purpose of the Northern Metropolitan Partnership is to engage with our wider community to identify the social, economic and environmental challenges and opportunities, and advise the State Government on the priorities for the region.

It's important for business and communities to be involved in government decision-making because local people understand what's needed in our region. The members of the Partnership represent the community, industry and government sectors in the North, and they were chosen to be on the Partnership because of their extensive connections to, and knowledge of their sector.’

Find out more about the Northern Metropolitan Partnership and your Partnership members here

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