Committee Communiqué



Melbourne is in relatively good shape today. This wasn’t always the case – 30 years ago the city was lacking direction and a strong vision. The Committee for Melbourne was established on this burning platform. Since then, the city has come a long way. Built on a sustained period of solid economic growth, near-optimal employment figures and an enviable mantle as the ‘world’s most liveable city’, we could be forgiven for telling ourselves that we are doing alright.

However, is our success blinding us from the realities that are ‘over the horizon’? Do we even have a shared understanding of our economic environment 10-15 years from now? In other words, could Melbourne’s contemporary success be its biggest challenge for its future?

We know we are at the early stages of what is increasingly referred to as the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, which will fundamentally change the way we work, live and do business. The big question however is, how will this all play out and how does one prepare for the changes that are coming our way?

The Committee for Melbourne is proud to announce that we will soon be launching our next big taskforce: MELBOURNE 4.0

The most substantial project since 'Melbourne Beyond 5 Million', MELBOURNE 4.0 will be using a City Strategy Model that will employ the vast collective knowledge and insight of the Committee’s diverse membership base to provide us with a clear understanding of – and shared language around – the future economic environment of Greater Melbourne, together with some credibly informed policy platforms to help our city benefit from the global forces which are making cities the focal points of our economy. 

We will soon be releasing more information on the launch of MELBOURNE 4.0 and how our members can get involved, so watch this space!

Arts and Culture Roundtable

Andrew Abbott, Deputy Secretary of Creative Victoria was the guest speaker at our Arts and Culture Roundtable, hosted by Victorian Opera on 3 August.

To an audience representing most of Melbourne’s arts organisations, Andrew provided background on Creative Victoria's Creative Industries Strategy designed to grow the creative industries of arts, culture, screen and design. He outlined how the 40 actions and $115 million new investment will grow economic and social impact. He also indicated that it is the government’s intentions to commission a piece of work to identify how Melbourne stands globally as a cultural capital and what is missing from our current offerings in both infrastructure and programming.  

Martine Letts, Committee for Melbourne CEO, led the rich discussion about 'what’s needed to make Melbourne a world-class cultural destination?'. The numerous ideas and comments put forward will be prioritised and some plans of action will be finalised during two further meetings this year. 

Future Focus Group Alumni

'Juggling priorities – in work and life' was the panel theme for the second Future Focus Group Alumni Network event for the year, on Thursday 11 August. The panel featured Linda Mellors, Chief Executive, Health Services, Mercy Health; Liza Gelt, Partner, Cube Group and Greg Hemingway, Associate Director, EY and was moderated by Tiffany Crawford, Acting Team Leader Climate Resilience, City of Melbourne.

The panelists shared their own experiences of juggling work, family and other commitments at different stages of their journeys, as well as some tips based on what they have learned along the way. Sander van Amelsvoort, Policy and Research Manager, outlined the Committee's exciting new project, MELBOURNE 4.0.

Infrastructure Victoria reports

Infrastructure Victoria has published reports of its two citizen juries and a report of the consultation program for its All things considered options paper. Two juries, metropolitan and regional, of 40 people randomly selected, met six times over three months to consider 200 options including projects and policy initiatives. The reports will inform the development of Victoria's 30-year infrastructure strategy.

MCEC delivers for Victoria

Committee for Melbourne member, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) results for the end of the financial year have surpassed all previous years with a record $77 million operating revenue and an economic contribution of $1 billion to Victoria’s economy. MCEC can boast 980 events in 2015-16 that includes 86 national and international conventions and 78 exhibitions attracting over 849,677 business event visitors. These encouraging results align with the Committee’s commitment to elevate Melbourne's reputation as a global destination for events, arts and culture as well as sport.

What’s on for members

Tuesday 23 August – Leading thinker series with Ian Harper Consultant, Deloitte Access Economics, hosted by Places Victoria. Ian will speak about the Purpose of Place reconsidered to illustrate the importance of place for prosperity and how individuals, business, communities and government will need to collaborate to ensure Australia flourishes in the context of a changing economy. 

Thursday 25 August – Member lunch with The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, hosted by AECOM. The Minister will speak about how Victoria's growing tech and innovation capabilities are cementing Victoria's reputation as the country's tech and startup hub.

Thursday 8 September – Lunch speaker series with The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Major Projects, hosted by Allens. The Minister will speak about projects shaping Melbourne which will influence how we will live, work, play and learn in the future.

What’s on for the public

Monday 29 August – The Australian Institute of Management's National Networking Day: help create the biggest speed networking event in the world!

Join the Australian Institute of Management for National Networking Day 2016!
Expand your network and meet like-minded professionals from a range of industries. You’ll leave with a networking toolkit and a collection of new contacts to further widen your network.

As a large leadership network itself, AIM has designed National Networking Day to enable professionals to expand their networks beyond their current sphere. As the event is not exclusive to any particular industry, attendees will be able to mingle and converse with workers from a wide range of professional backgrounds.

Eight locations available nationwide. Visit www.aim.com.au/nnd2016 to book your tickets or email events@aim.com.au

26 August to 9 September – Digital Innovation Festival brings together and promotes a range of digital innovation and technology events across the State including awards, forums, workshops, showcases and hackathons. 

Our vision for Melbourne:

Global city of choice for people and organisations, due to its distinct blend of prosperity, opportunity and liveability.