One region, one vision, one plan

John Dewar and Denis Napthine at Melbourne's North SummitA one-day summit held at La Trobe University has united local, state and federal government with business, industry and the community sector as important work now commences to develop an action plan for the future of Melbourne’s North.  

More than 200 people attended the Melbourne’s North: Now and Tomorrow Summit at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora on Wednesday 24 July, co-hosted by La Trobe University, the Northern Melbourne RDA Committee and NORTH Link.

Senior leaders from local councils comprising Melbourne’s northern suburbs all attended - including Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra - as well as business leaders, industry experts, local residents and community groups.

La Trobe University Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar said he was pleased to host the event which forged strong new working relationships to develop a shared vision for the future of Melbourne’s North.

‘I’m confident that everyone who attended has developed a clearer picture of the challenges facing our community and, just as importantly, the opportunities that stem from them,’ Professor Dewar said.

‘We are one step closer to developing one region, one vision, one plan for Melbourne’s north.

‘It is clear the attendees at the summit have a passion for this area and an overwhelming commitment to working together.

‘This is particularly true of the seven local councils, who realised on the day that they share many  common goals and are now committed to working together to achieve them,’ he said.

A summit report, complete with a Melbourne’s North Action Plan developed from the discussions at Wednesday's summit will be launched in early September.

Professor Dewar said that La Trobe University has an important role to play in helping to expand higher education participation in the region. 

‘We want to work with business and other community leaders to help grow the social, economic and intellectual prosperity of the region. Hosting this summit has been one way of achieving this goal,’ Professor Dewar said.

The summit sessions investigated business, industry and innovation, education, healthy communities, arts and culture, transport and infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the digital economy.

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