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Red Tape

October 31, 2019 | Discussion

Delays in the planning and building approval process cost the construction sector $400 - $600 million a year or approximately $7.6 million per high rise development. The Red Tape commissioner has been tasked with reviewing the process to find possible efficiencies to reduce delays and development costs. As explored in the Committee’s submission, this could potentially have a positive effect on housing affordability, in which incentives could be explored in the planning system to facilitate provision of further social and affordable housing.

Finalising the national purpose of schooling

October 31, 2019 | Discussion

Building on the Committee’s submission made earlier this year to the Review of the Melbourne Declaration, we have now made a submission to the Education Council’s draft Declaration on Education Goals. As the basis of Australia’s curriculum, and designed to supersede the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (Melbourne Declaration), this nationally significant document will articulate the national purpose of schooling, and the role schooling must play to help strengthen social cohesion.

Meet the Lord Mayor | Sally Capp

October 31, 2019 | Events

Melbourne’s growth must be supported by bold planning with measurable outcomes and strong leadership in decision-making, across jurisdictions. This was the key message from Lord Mayor Sally Capp to our members and guests at the Committee’s Meet the Mayor event this week.

VLGA | Sustainable Futures with Victorian Local Governance Association

October 17, 2019 | Discussion

You are Invited to a special workshop on Sustainable Futures by Professor Jay Friedlander The Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), in partnership with Central Queensland University, is proud to invite you to join global sustainability innovator, Professor Jay Friedlander, for a practical opportunity to transform your workplace, – and your world on 6 November.

Melbourne Arena Updates | MOPT

October 17, 2019 | Discussion

BASKETBALL THROWDOWN SLAM DUNK FOR MELBOURNE ARENA Committee for Melbourne 2019 Melbourne Achiever Award winner, Melbourne and Olympic Parks has scored another slam dunk as part of the $15.4 million upgrade. The NBL is back big-time this year at Melbourne Arena with basketball fans the first to experience a new multimedia cube hanging above the court, additional scoreboards, and enhanced lighting.

JLL | Australia needs an extra 13 million square meters of office space by 2047

October 17, 2019 | Discussion

The race is on to build new office stock in the suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as Australia’s population heads towards 36 million and CBD markets are squeezed, JLL’s latest research has found. Australia’s five biggest cities will need to add more than 13 million square metres of new office space by 2047 to cope with population growth. JLL’s latest Future Cities report, Australian Cities for a Metropolitan Age, says the demand is most urgent in Sydney and Melbourne, both of which are expected to have 8 million people by 2047. Each will require more than 4.0 million square metres of CBD and suburban stock.

Sky’s the limit for Avalon Airport

October 17, 2019 | Events

After launching its new international terminal late last year, and recently signing a strategic partnership MoU with the Sovico Group from Vietnam, the future appears bright for Avalon Airport! Kindly hosted by Woods Bagot, Committee for Melbourne members had the opportunity to hear from Avalon Airport’s CEO, Justin Giddings, about his ambitious plans for what is now Australia’s newest international airport and participate in an insightful conversation about the growing Melbourne and Australian aviation sector.