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From the CEO

March 20, 2020 | Community

At our Committee for Melbourne dinner last year, our keynote speaker, Telstra CEO Andy Penn said: “the rate of change will never be as slow as it is today”. He was talking about the exponential impact of technology on our way of life. He could have been talking about the impact of the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic on our economy and community.

Presenting Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

March 19, 2020 | Community

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall (MDCH) is a social enterprise run by musicians, for musicians. It was formed out of a deep concern for local artists who’ve lost all income in the COVID-19 crisis. With venues closing and seasons cancelled around the globe, the Australian arts sector faces losses in the billions, with soloists and small ensembles particularly vulnerable due to their reliance on freelance and contractual work. MDCH exists to help them continue their profession and to reach their many fans with music in this troubled time.

The new look Committee Engagement Team

March 19, 2020 | Community

We are pleased to announce some exciting changes to the Engagement Team to further enhance our events and communications, membership services and stakeholder liaison.

Electric vehicles set to place greater demand on our energy needs

March 5, 2020 | Discussion

The costs of energy generation and consumption have been hot topics in Australia for some time. A dramatic increase in gas and electricity prices for households and businesses over recent years has had adverse consequences on liveability for many Australians, and the country’s economic competitiveness.

Recycling Victoria package

March 5, 2020 | Discussion

Victoria will have a container deposit scheme and households will get a new fourth bin, as part of a plan to reduce waste going to landfill by 80 per cent in ten years with an overhaul of the state’s waste and recycling system by the Andrews Labor Government. With widespread disruption to glo

Are Melbourne, and Victoria, being short-changed by a lack of infrastructure vision?

March 5, 2020 | Discussion

Last week, Infrastructure Australia (IA) released its annual Infrastructure Priority List (IPL), which identifies the priority infrastructure investments it believes Australia requires to help secure a prosperous and sustainable future. In developing its most recent IPL, IA not only used data generated from its 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit, it also received submissions from industry, the community, as well as state and territory governments, as to what should be included on the IPL. Over 200 submissions were made.

The airport rail link must work for every Victorian

March 4, 2020 | Discussion

Herald Sun, Wednesday 4 March Scott Tanner: The airport rail link must work for every Victorian The Airport Rail Link is vital for Victoria’s future but the huge costs involved mean it can’t be a short-term fix and must benefit all Victorians, writes Scott Tanner.

CSIRO research on coronavirus

February 19, 2020 | Discussion

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has been engaged by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to undertake critical new research as part of the rapid global response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.