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A Federal Government Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence

December 12, 2019 | Discussion

Last month the Committee attended the Techtonic AI Summit in Canberra, where the Federal Government launched its AI Roadmap Artificial intelligence: Solving problems, growing the economy and improving our quality of life. The Roadmap identified three high potential areas of AI specialisation in Australia: natural resources and environment; health, ageing and disability and cities, towns and infrastructure. The Summit outlined that whilst AI will change the nature of work, jobs would be created and discussed how AI might enable and augment the human experience and assist us in our everyday lives.

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and VincentCare

December 12, 2019 | Community

With a renewed focus to permanently end homelessness in Melbourne, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation partnered with VincentCare Victoria to embark on a major redevelopment and expansion of its Inner-Melbourne Hub to develop a purpose built, world class accommodation facility with an on-site integrated Homeless Resource Centre.

Enhancing charitable giving in Greater Melbourne

December 12, 2019 | Discussion

The Not-for-Profit Steering Committee have tabled a draft report highlighting the importance of the charitable and NfP sector, the continuing struggle to attract sustained support and funding, and lists some activities that could be undertaken to help tackle some of these challenges.

Melbourne Airport Rail Link

December 12, 2019 | Community

We were pleased to be part of a Group of Victorian Committees for Cities and Regions (the C4 network) advocating for a world-class, efficient airport link, with a new rail tunnel as its foundation. The Committees for Ballarat, Gippsland, Greater Shepparton, Melbourne and Wyndham called on the Victorian and Federal governments to deliver on their commitment to develop a world-class airport train that enhances travel times to the city, provides a dedicated service for travellers...

Championing the Greater Melbourne Visitor Experience forum

November 28, 2019 | Discussion

In November, a Leading Thinker forum was hosted by the Committee for Melbourne and Urbis. Urbis Director Craig Rohan benchmarked the growth of ‘Neighborhood Tourism’ with a fascinating presentation, benchmarking the latest developments of Greater London and Greater Melbourne. This was followed by two keynote member presentations by Greater Western Tourism Executive Director, Richard Ponsford and North Link CEO, Chris James which profiled the growth of the Visitor Economy in the Western and Northern and regions of Melbourne and opportunities ahead.

Facilitating Build-to-Rent and affordable housing

November 28, 2019 | Discussion

While there are an increasing number of Build-to-Rent (BTR) projects emerging across Australia, and growing private sector interest in BTR projects, there is still some uncertainty about whether the foundations are right in Greater Melbourne for a significant emergence of BTR projects. It is also still uncertain whether BTR developments has the scope to offer affordable housing.

600th Issue of the Big Issue

November 14, 2019 | Community

Big Issue is celebrating the 600th edition of its street magazine with a special commemorative issue, launching this Friday. The edition will feature a special retrospective of vendor profiles and stories, as well as an interview with cover stars Cold Chisel ahead of their summer tour.

Libraries Change Lives

November 14, 2019 | Community

Everyone is welcome at public libraries. They are the universal service that allows people to be themselves. They are the last revolving door in the community that does not charge a fee. Public Libraries Victoria attracted more than 30 million visits in 2017 – 18, and that number is growing. They are the biggest membership-based organisation in Victoria – More than 2 million Victorians have a library card. In this sense they demonstrate how Metropolitan Collaboration can be achieved, working collectively across municipal boundaries.