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Partnerships open to help shape Victorian development

Business leaders are being encouraged to apply for a chance to shape communities around Melbourne through the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Partnership program.

Business leaders are being encouraged to apply for a chance to shape communities around Melbourne through the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Partnership program.

There are nine vacancies across the partnerships that provide an opportunity to influence the development and delivery of key services an infrastructure.

Vacancies include four in the Southern Region, two in the Northern Region, two in the Inner South-east Region and one in the Western Region, with applications closing on 28 February.

Some initiatives that have been put into action by the State Government based on recommendations received through the partnerships include landmark investments in hospitals and health facilities, including a new $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital due to open in 2025, and the equivalent of 170 Royal Botanic Gardens in new parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket parks and dog parks to be created under a $154 million program to boost relaxation and exercise options in the suburbs.

The partnerships welcome diverse voices and young people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, Aboriginal people and LGBTIQ community members.

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“Each of our six regions is unique – by becoming a member of the Metropolitan Partnerships, there is an incredible opportunity to help shape the delivery of key services and infrastructure that our communities need,” Victorian Suburban Development Minister Marlene Kairouz said.

“Our Metropolitan Partnerships thrive because of a diversity of voices that shape the decisions that really matter. If you are passionate about making a difference in your community, I encourage you to apply to become a member.”

The term of appointment for new members will run until 31 March 2021.

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