It’s out with the old and in with the trash?June 27, 2019 | Technology
Recycled plastic to replace traditional railway sleepers On Monday 24 June the first 200 Duratrack Sleepers were installed at Richmond Station as part of an 18-month trial. The new recycled plastic sleepers are made completely from a mix of polystyrene and agricultural waste, such as cotton bale wrap.
Leaving a lasting legacy | Future Focus GroupJune 27, 2019 | Discussion
The 2019-2020 Project Team from the Committee’s Future Focus Group pitched their proposed projects to a Project Review Panel earlier this week at GrowthOps. Projects covered financial technology and literacy, liveability for children in high-density communities and the green transformation of small CBD spaces.
Shining a light on Not for ProfitJune 27, 2019 | Events
This year the Committee brought big ideas into focus by paying homage to the inspiring Melburnians who came before us, and aspiring entrepreneurs building their legacy for Melbourne’s future. One of the big ideas formulated by our Board was a Not-For-Profit offering for our Annual Dinner. The Board recognised the need to make our dinner more accessible to a broader range of organisations which strongly influence Melbourne by making a number of tables available at cost for NFP members or an NFP cause supported by a member
Securing our Future | Eastern Seaboard CollaborationJune 27, 2019 | Discussion
On 18 June, Committee for Melbourne CEO, Martine Letts, presented her Fellow’s Address at the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), making the case for an Eastern Seaboard megaregion to help Australia successfully navigate its way through a very complicated twenty-first century.
Annual Member SurveyJune 27, 2019 | Discussion
Every year, we survey our 150 members to help focus the Committee's priorities as we strive to shape Melbourne’s future. The survey influences the Committee’s agenda and advocacy program for the upcoming financial year. It also helps us focus on our members’ specific interests and the work of our various taskforces. We thank all our Foundation, Corporate and Not for Profit members who completed the survey. A special thanks to Committee member IPSOS, who powered the survey and the in-depth analysis.
Committee for Melbourne Foundation Luncheon with Victorian Treasurer, Tim PallasJune 27, 2019 | Events
On 21 June, Committee for Melbourne Foundation members were treated to an exclusive lunch with Victorian Treasurer Mr Tim Pallas MP for the fifth consecutive year, again kindly hosted by EY. The Treasurer shared the thinking behind his fifth budget and his new economic development portfolio. He was joined for a candid panel discussion on the future of housing, planning for growth, and digital capability with EY Chief Economist, Jo Masters, The University of Melbourne’s Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, Dr Crystal Legacy, and Lendlease’s Managing Director of Urban Regeneration, John Burton OBE
To extend or not to extend? | Melbourne Free Tram ZoneJune 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 2023June 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.