Help shape the future of the West

Those of you who live and work in the Western 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 Western 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 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.

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 Western Assembly

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

Watch the video to see the 2017 Assembly in action

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

  • The West’s cultural diversity is key to its success, both to leverage off and celebrate, but also to keep supporting cohesion and connection between communities.
  • Jobs are crucial, both access to jobs and diversifying the job market. Participants wanted to see more transport options to move people around the West not just into the city. They also want to see more service based jobs in the West.
  • There is a need for more re-skilling programs for workers to move into service based jobs.
  • It is important to support small business and innovation in the West.
  • Decreasing congestion is a priority for the West, and this will improve health outcomes for the region.
  • Support for youth, CALD and the ageing population is very important, particularly for health and social inclusion.
  • As the West rapidly grows it is important to protect and enhance the natural environment, and address the environmental damage from the West’s industrial past.
  • Population growth in the West needs to be matched by infrastructure provision, and infrastructure currently being built needs to be considering and able to accommodate the future population.
  • Community safety and crime prevention, where neighbours look out for each other and public spaces are activated and well-patronised.
  • Responding to climate change and greening the west to build resilience in response to rising temperatures.

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.

Western Metropolitan Partnership Chair, Alex Cockram:

"In the West, our greatest asset is our remarkable people. Proud, diverse and driven, together we have created a vibrant and inclusive community, with our own unique identity. Our goal now is to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities that exist within our region, to realise our full potential as the cultural heart of Melbourne."

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

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