Chair Of Western Metropolitan Partnership Appointed

16 December 2019

Victorian Legal Aid chief executive Louise Glanville is the new chair of the Western Metropolitan Partnership, a body charged with providing advice on investment decisions and priorities for Melbourne’s booming west.

Minister for Suburban Development Marlene Kairouz today announced Ms Glanville’s appointment, highlighting her extensive experience across the justice, social services and government sectors.

Ms Glanville replaces Professor Alex Cockram, who resigned due to her appointment as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

Before her appointment at Victorian Legal Aid, Ms Glanville was chief executive of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and also spent three years as deputy chief executive of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Ms Glanville was also the inaugural director of Victoria’s Neighbourhood Justice Centre, and has worked for the Victorian Public Advocate, the Victorian Department of Justice and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

The appointment at the Western Metropolitan Partnership comes at an exciting time for the west, with the Andrews Labor Government last week naming Footscray as a Priority Precinct, which will further help boost investment and improve outcomes for the western region.

This will build on the work already undertaken by the Western Metropolitan Partnership to advise government on key priorities for the west, which has produced results including a $1.5 billion commitment for a new Footscray Hospital.

The Western Metropolitan Partnership is one of six metropolitan partnerships established by the Labor Government to provide a way for local communities to connect with decision-makers on the priorities and issues that matter most in their region.

Melbourne's Western Metropolitan Region extends from the inner suburbs of Moonee Ponds, Footscray and Williamstown through middle-ring suburbs of Essendon, Maribyrnong, Sunshine and Altona to the growth suburbs surrounding Werribee and Melton.

For more information on the Western Metropolitan Partnership, go to Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Suburban Development Marlene Kairouz

“Louise is well placed to chair the Western Metropolitan Partnership, which will continue to provide quality advice to the government on key issues and opportunities in the region.”

“I thank Professor Peter Dawkins who acted as chair throughout 2019 and greatly supported the partnership in development of its 2019 advice.”

“I also thank Professor Cockram for the excellent work she contributed during her period of leadership.”

Quotes attributable to Western Metropolitan Partnership chair Louise Glanville

“I am delighted to accept the role as chairperson of the Western Metropolitan Partnership.”

“As a long-term resident of the west, I look forward to working with my colleagues on the partnership, and with government, to strengthen Melbourne’s western region.”

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