About MTF


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

Membership : Twenty five 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 Martin Zakharov, City of Maribyrnong

Deputy Chair: Cr Tom Melican, City of Banyule

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

See Executive for rest of executive for 2017

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 2017




February 1st

Webb Dock development as part of Port of Melbourne

Tony Murphy, Port of Melbourne

March 1st

State of buses in Melbourne

Graham Currie,Professor of Public Transport, Monash University

April 5th

30-year infrastructure strategy, Victoria

Michel Masson, CEO, Infrastructure Victoria

May 3rd

VicRoads overview, directions John Merritt, CEO, VicRoads

June 7th

State transport budget, 2017/2018


July 5th



August 2nd

Melbourne's major transport projects Corey Hannett, Officer of Major Projects

September 6th

Active transport

Jeremy Hanlin, Active Transport Unit

Ben Rossiter, Victoria Walks

October 4th

tbc tbc

November 1st

Transport Network Pricing

Michel Masson, CEO, 
Infrastructure Victoria

December 6th



About the MTF 2010

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