The Western 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. This advice will become part of government’s key decision-making processes.

Following engagement with its community throughout 2018, the Western Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Western region.

The Partnership's advice to the Victorian Government for 2018 included:

Jobs and Skills – Improve access to diverse and sustainable jobs close to where residents live, including targeted development of jobs and skills clusters in Werribee, Sunshine and Footscray, each with their own specific focus, as well as developing a new hospital in Footscray combined with a university campus focusing on health education

Public and Active Transport, Road Congestion and Freight – Increase the reach and strength of the western public transport and active transport network, directly improving liveability, health, access to jobs and services and reducing road congestion

Reduce Entrenched Disadvantage through Better Health and Education Services – Support the health and wellbeing of children, especially in their first 1,000 days, as well as women and migrants. Targeted health and education interventions will help the western region to catch up to the rest of Melbourne, as well as providing more local jobs

Connected Communities – Foster an inclusive and creative western region that embraces and capitalises on the cultural, social and economic diversity of its people

A Greener Region – Increase the greening of the west, creating more liveable suburbs for residents

Waste and Recycling Centre of Excellence – Best practice waste management is recognised as an unrealised opportunity for the region, with the potential to set a new standard for how waste is recycled and processed

What we heard in 2018

At our second annual Assembly on 18 July 2018 at Encore Events Centre, Hoppers Crossing we heard directly from the community about how to further progress priorities for the region. Watch the video below to see the 2018 Assembly in action or read the Western Metropolitan Partnership 2018 Assembly Summary Report.