Partnership forged between University, Carlton Local Agencies Network and City of Melbourne

August 11 / 68

The University and the Carlton Local Agencies Network have forged a new partnership with the City of Melbourne to facilitate closer engagement with the Carlton community.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis joined Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Carlton Local Agencies Network convenor Mary Parfrey to sign the Memorandum of Understanding, consolidating the partnership and formally recognising the commitment the three organisations have made to work together for the Carlton community.

Professor Davis said each organisation had unique expertise and skills with potential to create growth opportunities for Carlton’s diverse and vibrant population.

“This event is very much about the University’s strong belief in the need for focused engagement with its local community and its neighbours, and reflects the third strand of the University’s metaphor of the triple helix – engagement - in explaining our primary mission and vision,” he said.

"The partnership has already provided opportunities for the University to work closely on community programs with groups in Carlton, including the Digital Inclusion Project, Horn of Africa Cultural Project, and Dreamlarge Grants for Harmony Day Sponsorship.  

“This is really just the tip of the iceberg. Future projects will be developed with a focus on significant student involvement.”

Professor Davis said the partnership was an excellent foundation on which to build a more consultative approach to issues affecting  the University and the Carlton community.

“The University aims to become an engaged partner with its neighbourhood, working with local stakeholders on projects of mutual benefit.

“In mid-2010 the University’s Knowledge Partnerships Office formed an internal consultative committee to look at ways in which the University can become a more effective partner with the City of Melbourne and the Carlton Local Agencies Network particularly through its “Opportunities for Carlton Project. 

“This Project has proven to be an excellent catalyst in building solid relationships across Carlton and with the City of Melbourne,” he said.

 

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