About MTF


The Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) is a local government interest group for transport in metropolitan Melbourne . It has been established for 20 years.

Membership : Twenty four metropolitan local governments currently constitute the membership. Each member nominates both a councillor and officer delegate. There are also eighteen associate members from across the transport sector. See membership for current members and associates.

Aim: the MTF works towards effective, efficient and equitable transport in metropolitan Melbourne by providing a forum for debate, research and policy development, and sharing and disseminating information to improve transport choices.

Activities: The MTF meets monthly to discuss transport topics of current interest and also distributes information across the sector, hosts events of topical interest, makes submissions to government and conducts research to better inform policy. In addition the MTF fosters relationships with state government agencies to better represent local governments' viewpoint, establish partnerships and improve project delivery.

Key personnel:

Chair: Cr Tom Melican, City of Banyule

Deputy Chair: Cr Martin Zakharov, City of Maribyrnong

Executive Officer: Susie Strain, mtf@mtf.org.au

See Executive for rest of executive for 2015

Membership benefits:

A member or associate can expect the following

  • Attend a monthly meeting on a topic relevant to transport in Melbourne
  • Represent a particular or agency viewpoint to others in the sector
  • Contribute to current debates
  • Particpate in advocacy
  • Opportunity to influence decision making at state level
  • Keep up to date with topical issues
  • Notification of events, conferences, speaking occasions,
  • Information sharing to improve general practice
  • Network / make useful contact with others in the transport sector

Member councils have the right to vote at the general monthly meeting.


Note that from time to time the MTF may advocate to state or federal government on behalf of its member local governments. In such cases the views presented are independent of the views of the associate members.

Meeting schedule 2015




February 4th

Transport Issues and Options in Melbourne's West

Kerry Thompson, Chair Western Transport Alliance

Craig Rowley, LeadWest

March 4th

Transforming Melbourne's Public Transport Network

Mark Wild, CEO Public Transport Victoria

April 1st

Coming Initiatives on Melbourne's Tram Network

Clement Michel, CEO Yarra Trams

May 6th

Melbourne's Port Options Steve Manders, Manager Logistics and Supply Chain, Jacobs Consulting

June 3rd

Transit Oriented Urban Design

Kim Dovey, Professor Architecture and Urban Design, University of Melbourne

July 1st

Regional Rail Project

Allen Garner, CEO of RRL and Chris Loader on supporting bus networks

August 5th

Grade Separations Ian Goodes, Manager Engineering and Environmental Services, City of Whitehorse

September 2nd

VicRoads new directions

John Merritt, CEO VicRoads

October 7th

Study tour of Holland cycling facilities
Chris Carpenter, Bicycle Network
Cr Jackie Fristacky and Jane Waldock, City of Yarra


Metro Trains

Andrew Lezala, CEO Metro Trains

December 2nd



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