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Grand Efforts as Workers Prepare Albert Park for F1 Thrills

February 19, 2020 | Community

Now in its 25th year, construction at Albert Park has commenced in preparation for the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Last week Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, visited the site, where he explained that “Victorian workers and businesses are big winners in the building of the Grand Prix precinct at Albert Park”.

Melbourne’s Pressing Energy Challenges

February 6, 2020 | Discussion

In October 2010 the Committee for Melbourne in its “Melbourne Beyond 5 Million” report series foreshadowed several energy challenges facing our city as its population marched towards 5 million (now reached) and beyond.

Energy Security Forum

February 6, 2020 | Discussion

In 2019 Committee for Melbourne undertook a review of the 2010 Melbourne Beyond Five Million report, a landmark review of how Melbourne was to cope with the pace of change and population growth. An equitable energy future for all was a key recommendation, which was recently picked up in expert panel session hosted by Committee member the Nous Group.

Free Tram Zone

February 6, 2020 | Discussion

The Free Tram Zone (FTZ) extension is back in the news! Since 2017 the Committee has been advocating for a limited and manageable extension of the FTZ to include five “iconic” stops, the Arts Precinct, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Museum and Melbourne & Olympic Parks. You can read our submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into expanding Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone supporting its extension to these five stops here.

Rosterfy | A Guide to Emergency Volunteer Management

February 6, 2020 | Community

The need for effective emergency management is critical. With natural disasters becoming an all too regular occurrence, communities and governing bodies worldwide are feeling the effects of climate change with land savaged, homes destroyed and our precious wildlife seeing countless losses. In times of crisis, we have seen the best in people with communities banding together to do what they can to support the recovery efforts, giving up their time to help those in need. More often than not, this comes in the form of volunteering.

Bushfire Crisis A message from RFDS Victoria CEO Scott Chapman

February 6, 2020 | Community

The continued devastation of the bushfires across Victoria and Australia is having a profound effect on all of us. The beautiful and peaceful landscape of rural Victoria has been replaced with dark skies, smoke, fire and uncertainty. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to everyone directly or indirectly affected by these bushfires and while we are all pleased to see a brief reprieve in recent days, we know that crisis continues for many people. We have all felt the emotion when we hear stories of loss and trauma to people and animals, and it may be some time before we fully understand the full impact. We offer our sincere gratitude to all of the firefighters and emergency services personnel who have worked tireless to protect communities. Your brave efforts will be remembered and admired for many years to come.

Not for Profit | Charitable Giving in Australia Report

February 6, 2020 | Community

You do not have to look far to see the considerable amount of good work charitable organisations contribute to Australian society. They have been on the frontline of Australia’s unprecedented bushfire crisis, helping with food delivery, wildlife rescues and protection, and raising funds for those most in need. Given recent events, it is timely for Committee for Melbourne to release a paper on the charitable sector. Titled Charitable Giving in Australia, it offers a snapshot of the social and economic importance the charitable sector plays in Melbourne, and Australia. Further work on the charitable contribution of our members will follow.

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.