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

A Memorandum of Understanding to consolidate the partnership and formally recognise the commitment the three organisations have made to work together for the benefit of the Carlton community will be signed tomorrow, Wednesday 17 August at 9am in Melbourne Museum’s Treetops function room.

The MOU will support three-way collaboration, better use of collective resources and closer community engagement.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis will join Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Carlton Local Agencies Network convenor Mary Parfrey to sign the ground-breaking accord.

Professor Davis said that 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,” Professor Davis 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 both 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 and in particular, in contributing to 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.”

What:
Formal recognition of MOU between University of Melbourne, Melbourne Museum and Carlton Local Agencies Network

When:   
Wednesday 17 August at 9am to 10.30am

Where:   
Treetops function room, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street