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Creating a vibrant cultural economy for Melbourne and Victoria

September 19, 2019 | Discussion

The Committee’s Arts and Culture Taskforce aspires to create an integrated vision for Melbourne as a vibrant, global destination for arts, culture, and design. The Committee was therefore delighted to draw on the contribution of our Taskforce for the Committee’s submission to the Victorian Government’s Creative Industries Strategy 2020-2024. In the submission, the Committee provided practical suggestions on the specific themes listed in the strategy and some ideas for how the sector might be better led and governed.

Ten new Ambassadors inducted at Club Melbourne 14th Anniversary Dinner | MCEC

September 5, 2019 | Events

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) prestigious Club Melbourne Ambassador Program celebrated its 14th anniversary and another outstanding year at its annual dinner on Monday 26 August. The evening saw the induction of ten new Ambassadors and the awarding of its annual Fellowship by the Program’s Patron in Chief, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

Managing the Visitor Experience in Greater Melbourne | ABCC

September 5, 2019 | Events

The Visitor Economy is Greater Melbourne’s fourth-largest economic driver and has helped shape Melbourne’s brand reputation as a dynamic destination to visit, live, work and invest in. As the country’s second-largest services export after education, tourism contributes 3.2% to Australian GDP and 4.9% to employment, with strong growth projections. While viewed by some as a traditional face to face sector in Australia, big data analytics is currently transforming the sector to a degree not seen for decades.

Artificial Intelligence Summit

September 5, 2019 | Events

Last week Artificial Intelligence took over Melbourne, with the AI Summit, the DIF Festival, and the meeting of the first Victorian All Parliamentary Group (VAPPGAI) of the 59th Victorian Parliament, co-hosted by Minister Pakula and Shadow Minister Wooldridge. The day ended with the Pearcey’s Society’s annual dinner with the delivery of the Pearcey Oration and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award, given this year to MailGuard CEO & Founder Craig McDonald. In Partnership with the Digital AI Summit and the British General Consul, the Committee was proud to present two global experts on AI and Ethics: Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo, Research Fellow, Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab at Oxford University’s Internet Institute, and Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute of Technology, and Roger Taylor - Chair, of the UK Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

Infrastructure Australia | Significant infrastructure investment needed as population swells

September 5, 2019 | Discussion

Development on the urban fringes of Australia’s fourth largest cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth – is having a significant impact on our infrastructure assets. That was one of the key messages that emerged following the release of Infrastructure Australia's 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit, which aims to create a forward-looking understanding of Australia’s infrastructure challenges to help guide decision-making and reform.

Premiers Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf course

August 22, 2019 | Events

As Royal Melbourne Golf course prepares to host the Presidents Cup for the third time, showcasing Melbourne as a major event sporting capital, another event of significance is taking shape with strong support from Committee for Melbourne members; The Premiers Cup.

Metropolitan Collaboration | Local Government Submission

August 22, 2019 | Discussion

Our ‘Metropolitan Collaboration’ Taskforce has been discussing how to build a resilient, economically competitive city through developing better metropolitan governance arrangements that can confront the challenges, and capture the opportunities, that the 21st century will bring. Legislation has the potential to offer frameworks and increase opportunities for Local Governments to collaborate on a Metropolitan-wide scale.

Future Skills

August 22, 2019 | Discussion

The Committee continues to be a prominent advocate for the evolution of skills training and development. We recently made a submission to the Victorian Government’s inquiry into sustainable employment for disadvantaged workers where we focus on the need to nurture peoples’ soft skills and recommends the development of micro-credential qualifications that are recognised by the Government and industry.