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To extend or not to extend? | Melbourne Free Tram Zone

June 27, 2019 | Discussion

The discussion around the extension of the Free Tram Zone in Melbourne continues in the media and the Victorian Parliament. Committee for Melbourne media partner, The Age, has run a series of articles focusing on the topic. In one of the most recent articles, a survey found readers’ overwhelmingly support extension of the Free Tram Zone. This suggests that there may already be broad public support for such an extension, notwithstanding the limitations of such a survey. We were pleased to see Rob Barton MLC, table a motion in the Legislative Council to conduct an inquiry into the extension of the free tram zone – a proposal accepted by the House.

Committee for Melbourne Patron, Governor of Victoria’s Term Extended November 2023

June 27, 2019 | Community

We warmly congratulate Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Committee for Melbourne Patron for the extension of her term as the Governor of Victoria for a further three years. Premier Daniel Andrews said that the Queen had accepted his request for her to stay on until 30 June 2023. This extension allows Governor Dessau and her and husband Anthony Howard QC to continue their outstanding work and provides constitutional certainty during the next state election, due in November 2022.

Re-imagining Australia's East Coast

June 13, 2019 | Events

The Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce formulated nine Strategic Needs to help Melbourne navigate the uncertain economic and geo-strategic environment ahead. One of the Strategic Needs identified was the Eastern seaboard collaboration. The premise is that effective collaboration between cities, and regions, along Australia’s eastern seaboard will boost our economic productivity and innovative capacity; enabling us to better-compete in international markets. Other key benefits include population dispersion to relieve congested cities, regional activation, housing affordability, economic growth, job creation, and improved liveability.

Grand Challenges

June 13, 2019 | Events

On Friday 7 May Foundation member, Swinburne University of Technology, held a ‘Grand Challenge’ for students to pitch policy ideas on the topics of housing and diversity which will affect their generation. The Committee had two members on the judging panel for Housing, Assoc. Prof. Wendy Stone and David Prior. Students presented a range of innovative approaches to generation rent and youth homelessness. The winners of the housing session presented novel policy solutions, such as increasing the tax-base for tackling the problem of youth homelessness.

Arts & Culture Taskforce

June 13, 2019 | Discussion

At our second Arts and Culture Forum on 29 May, AECOM’s Tim O’Loan and Madeline Eads-Dorsey shared news about an exciting series, run in conjunction with the Committee, on the reinvigoration of Fishermans Bend. An essential part of placemaking and fostering an innovation ecosystem is to ensure a vibrant creative sectorThis four part series will include a forum on how creative industries can be promoted and established as part of the development. The event will bring together stakeholders and creatives to answer these critical questions in a collaborative format to develop material. You can make your contribution by registering your interest here.

Meet the Minister | Martin Foley

June 13, 2019 | Events

Committee for Melbourne’s Arts and Culture Taskforce was delighted to have The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, address a very well attended meeting of members on Wednesday 12 June. The Minister spoke about the integral role of the Committee and its member organisations collaborating with government to promote a vibrant arts and culture scene and confident cultural economy in Greater Melbourne. The creative industry sector is vast and diversin its creative output, and the manner in which it works and operates. The Minister argued for a dynamic and continuously evolving approach to developing the sector in Greater Melbourne.

Thought Leadership | Playable City Melbourne

June 13, 2019 | Discussion

Playable cities connect people and place in creative ways. They allow people to reimagine the city, not to just to see the city-as-it-is but to experience the city-as-it-could-be. Through this playful approach, the role of public art may be expanded to be participatory and interactive, and to explore the creative, linguistic, cultural, social and urban diversity of many cities.

Uber will take to Melbourne skies from 2020

June 13, 2019 | Discussion

Committee for Melbourne member Uber has announced that Melbourne will join Los Angeles, California, and Dallas, Texas, as the third official pilot city for Uber Air – the rideshare app’s ambitious program to take its services from the streets to the skies. Australia is the first market outside the US to trial the program and Melbourne only the third international pilot city to test this innovative approach to ridesharing and modern transport technology.