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

On 25 October 2017, 172 community members, business representatives, councillors and mayors came together to help determine the key priorities for the Northern Metro 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

The 2017 Assembly highlighted the following priorities for the North:

  • Economic Development: A connected local economy with more jobs and improved connectivity
  • Education Pathways: Improve learning and employment pathways for residents
  • Environment: Improve connection to the natural environment
  • Connected Young People: Empower young people in the region
  • Health and Well-being: Increase access to affordable and culturally sensitive services

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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