Following a March 2020 review of the Inner Melbourne Action Plan (IMAP) it was determined that the group be dissolved, and a new expanded group be established of the nine inner Melbourne Councils (M9).  

The motivation for this change was to grow the alliance acknowledge the changing profile of inner Melbourne, improve efficiencies, leverage a united identity, and allow for allow for opportunities for elected representatives to represent 1 in 5 Victorians, and more than a third of Victoria’s Gross State Product. 

M9 Councils resolved to enter a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the alliance, which consists of the following member Councils:  

The M9 objectives are to:  

To maximise effectiveness, it was agreed by M9 members to establish six strategic priorities that would ensure advocacy priorities were focused and clear. Following consultation from member Councils, M9 agreed on the below strategic priorities: