Maribyrnong Business, Economic Development & Innovation Advisory Panel

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Council invites expressions of interest (EOIs) from suitably qualified business and industry professionals to form the Maribyrnong Business, Economic Development and Innovation Advisory Panel (the Panel).

The Panel’s focus is to provide strategic advice to Council to ensure sustained recovery of our economy. This includes advice about building business diversity and economic resilience, developing a strong innovation economy and opportunities to develop a vibrant night time economy.

Purpose of the Panel

The primary purpose of the Panel is to provide high-level independent expert advice to Council on:

  • Economic development activities and advocacy required to support the recovery of Maribyrnong’s businesses and economy affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the retail and hospitality sectors and emerging sectors such as tech startups and commercial creative industries.
  • The support of our night time economy consistent with the objectives of our Festivals and Activation Framework adopted by Council in October 2022.
  • Strategies for Council to support a range of economic areas such as trade and investment attraction, talent attraction, the innovation economy, green economy, sustainable finance, equitable economy and the visitor economy.
  • The development and implementation of strategic initiatives and future economic strategies to set the pathway for Maribyrnong’s contribution over the medium to long term of our local economy, particularly the Footscray Activity Centre and areas undergoing significant transition including Tottenham, West Footscray, Maidstone and Braybrook.

Membership and eligibility

The Panel is to include a diverse mix of members from relevant fields and who have demonstrated experience, seniority and knowledge of economic issues. Their areas of expertise will cover retail and hospitality, the innovation economy, creative industries, the visitor economy and manufacturing.

Membership will consist of up to 13 members including the Mayor (or delegate) and one Councillor. Council recognises the significance of Victoria University, GPT Group (Highpoint Shopping Centre), Western Health (Footscray Hospital) and Footscray Arts Centre as key stakeholders in the local economy and one position on the Advisory Panel will be allocated to each organisation via nomination.

The remaining seven (7) positions will be made up of members who nominate via this Expression of Interest process.

An assessment of applications by Council staff will be based on the criteria below to ensure a diversity of industries are represented on the Advisory Panel. Individual skills and attributes of the applicants will also be taken into account. Applications for membership to the Advisory Panel will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • a requirement for representatives to live, work or study in the City of Maribyrnong.
  • a statement of purpose by the representative, that is, the reason for applying.
  • a list of the skills, knowledge and/or experience which will be brought to the Advisory Panel.

The Advisory Panel be appointed for a three (3) year term.

Panel Meetings

The Advisory Panel will meet approximately four times a year, as required, on dates to be set out in advance for each year.

Submit an Expression of Interest Online 

Expressions of interest can be submitted online below.

Submit an Expression of Interest

Key Dates



Monday 25 September

Expressions of Interest open.

Sunday 12 November

Expressions of Interest close.

Early November

Applicants notified of Expression of Interest outcomes.


Panel appointees inducted.


More Information

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