Committee Communiqué

It's a wrap

As 2017 draws to a close, we thank you all for the terrific contributions throughout the year and look forward to working with you in 2018. Read our Year in Review.

Our office will be closed from 23 December to 2 January.

We hope you enjoy reading the final edition for 2017. The next one will be arriving in your inbox on 1 February 2018.

With our best wishes for the festive season,

The Committee for Melbourne team

"Distruption is inevitable"

Melbourne 4.0 Eastern Seaboard Collaboration workshop

'What can we do together, that we can’t do alone?' This question went to the heart of our creative workshop in collaboration with C2 Melbourne on 1 December. In a unique and immersive setting, we challenged ourselves to think big about what it will take to succeed in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Participants arrived amidst the fog...
Photo: C2 Melbourne 


With the enthusiastic participation of our members and stakeholders, the workshop explored how an East Coast Megaregion must be built to secure the future success of our cities, regional centres, and the country as a whole.

As the world’s top 40 megaregions make up only 18% of the population but 66% of global economic activity, it was pointed out that our major cities along the eastern seaboard must develop an Eastern Seaboard Megaregion to compete.

If you missed this energetic workshop, make sure to watch the Committee for Melbourne's Sander van Amelsvoort’s TEDx Talk 'Cities 4.0: From Competition to Collaboration', which he gave at this year’s TEDxMelbourne event. Sander, who is the Committee's Director of Policy and Research, makes a passionate case for an Australian East Coast Megaregion.

The ideas collected at the workshop will be fed into the next stage of the Committee’s advocacy efforts in pushing for an East Coast Megaregion. We hope you will be able to join us and contribute.

C2: high-impact networking and meaningful play to the Melbourne business community

Change and disruption were the hot topics at the C2 Melbourne Preview held on 1 December in an entirely reimagined space at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The showcase – the first step on the road to the inaugural three-day Melbourne C2 event in October 2018 – brought international thought leaders and C2 collaborative experiences to more than 300 leading executives, entrepreneurs and partners. The aim? To unlock their creativity to better face disruption and change and share knowledge, which they did with the help of expert facilitators.  

Brainstorm session in chairs suspended four metres in the air 
Photo: C2 Melbourne 

Participants heard from international change-makers including:
EY Global Vice Chair - Markets, Uschi Schreiber
C2 International Chairman, Jean-Francois Bouchard
Movember Global CEO, Owen Sharp
Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy The Hon. Philip Dalidakis closed the event reminding us all that government and business need to tackle these changes head on, as “disruption is inevitable”.
Passes are now on sale for C2 Melbourne 2018: www.c2melbourne.com.
Join the changemakers @C2Melbourne #C2Preview

Asia Society's Young Leaders Melbourne Summit a first for Australia

In a first for Australia and Melbourne, Asia Society Australia hosted the annual summit of its 2017 Young Leaders Program, Asia 21, in late November. 

Presented in partnership with the Victorian Government, RMIT University, EY and Committee for Melbourne, the Asia-Pacific’s foremost young leaders network explored the theme of  'World Disrupted. Asia's Future'.

Workshops, action labs and leadership masterclasses focused on the major shared challenges for Australia and our region –  geopolitical realignment, urbanisation, mobility and technological change – with the aim of driving positive change through creative, multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving.

Accompanied by members of the Committee’s own leadership program, the Future Focus Group, Asia 21 leaders were asked to review three Melbourne neighbourhood projects:

1. Innovation and disruption in health and care (Parkville Precinct)
2. Urban development and sustainability (Docklands)
3. Community (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

Hosted at the headquarters of our member Corrs Chambers Westgarth, participants were treated to an intimate discussion with Committee for Melbourne Founder, Pamela Warrender OAM where she recounted how she persuaded Reg Ward – the “radical genius" behind the London Docklands – to visit Melbourne in 1988, and to write a report on how to bring Melbourne’s Docklands to life.   

L to R: Simon Wilson, General Manager – Precincts, Development Victoria; Pamela Warrender OAM, Founder, Committee for Melbourne; Asia 21 representative; Martine Letts, CEO, Committee for Melbourne; Simon Warrender, Founder and Director, Melbourne Prize Trust 

While the final outcome did not deliver Reg Ward’s vision of a green, community precinct, it was the radical nature of his report which kick-started the work to re-activate the Docklands.

In an inspiring presentation, Pamela also emphasised:

  • The need to plough through opposition to achieve a radical vision
  • The importance of a collaborative relationship between government and industry <
  • The need for Fisherman’s Bend authorities to learn from the Dockland’s experience

We thank Pamela for her time and passion for Melbourne – her session was a highlight of the Summit for all.

Futrue Focus Group turns 21 at Government House

On 30 November, our business and civic leadership program celebrated its 21st birthday with Asia 21 leaders at Government House, graciously hosted by our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard QC with representatives from Future Focus Group and Asia 21 
Photo: Asia Society Australia

In her speech, which touched on the themes of leadership and disruption, the Governor emphasised her pride in being the Future Focus Group Patron and how excited she was about hosting such an impressive group of young leaders. 

She encouraged all participants to continue engaging more deeply with uncertainty and to enjoy being leaders "at a very exciting time, in a very exciting part of the world".

Living in Victoria: how do we rate?

Last week, Committee for Melbourne member Ipsos hosted its annual client event, 'Understanding Victoria: 2017 in Review' and launched its annual report into community values and liveability, Life in Australia 2017. The growing liveability gap between Melbourne’s established, low-population growth areas and the burgeoning west and south-east featured strongly.

Ipsos Public Affairs Deputy Managing Director, Daniel Evans addressed over 100 attendees on the top issues facing Australia and Victoria:

  • Feeling safe
  • Affordable decent housing
  • High quality health services
  • Access to the natural environment
  • Reliable and efficient public transport

Despite a strong economy and jobs growth, Victorians rated their state and their local areas lower than the national average for the two most important attributes for a good place to live: ‘feeling safe’ and ‘affordable decent housing’.

 Q&A session at the Ipsos event: 'Understanding Victoria: 2017 in Review'
Photo: Ipsos 

Committee for Melbourne Director of Engagement, Clive Dwyer and members Alex Lavelle (Editor in Chief, The Age) and Kirsten Corben (Executive Manager, Programs Group, VicHealth) followed the presentation with a lively panel discussion on balancing social and economic prosperity and the public health and economic implications of a growing Victorian population.  

Yarra Trams offers $1 million of advertising on its iconic network

This week, Yarra Trams launched its new Community Partnerships Program, giving Melbourne-based community organisations a chance to share in $1 million of free advertising on Melbourne’s iconic tram network. 

Applications for the Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program are now open and partners will be selected by an independent panel of influential Melburnians early next year, which includes Committee for Melbourne CEO, Martine Letts.

In its first year, the annual Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program is looking to partner with community organisations making a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in Melbourne. 

“Melbourne’s tram network is at the heart of our community, no matter where you come from or what you do. We bring people together by providing a service where everyone is welcome,” said Yarra Trams CEO, Nicolas Gindt. 

Applications close on Sunday, 4 February 2018.

Let's disrupt the not-for-profit sector!

On 7 December, Committee for Melbourne hosted its inaugural not-for-profit meeting at the Henley Club, an event supported by member Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria CEO, Scott Chapman and Committee for Melbourne Director Reverend Ric Holland chaired the meeting, to explore new ways of tackling common challenges facing the sector in collaboration with business.   

Former Volunteers Victoria CEO, Sue Noble, shared her insights on the changing nature of volunteering, and the need for a long-term effort that re-positions the value of volunteering in an era of significant change and disruption.    

Through a series of meetings and forums slated for 2018, the taskforce’s ambition is to develop a set of guiding principles to define the sector's Strategic Needs and to inform a 2018 policy and advocacy program. 

If you are interested in sharing your ideas with the Not-for-Profit Taskforce, please contact Policy and Research Officer, Brett Van Duppen.  

Transdev reports Melbourne's second

Construction on the West Gate Tunnel Project - Melbourne’s much-needed alternative to the West Gate Bridge - is getting underway following two years of planning, extensive community consultation and design work.

The Project includes more lanes on the West Gate Freeway and a new tunnel and elevated motorway connecting the growing western suburbs and CityLink. Combined with the Monash Freeway Upgrade, it will provide network improvements from Pakenham to Geelong. 

The project delivers:

  • Four new lanes on the West Gate Freeway 

  • Benefits across Melbourne’s road network with 28,000 vehicles off the West Gate Bridge and 22,000 off the Bolte Bridge

  • Removal of more than 9,000 trucks from local roads through dedicated freight infrastructure purpose-built to cater for large trucks

  • Better connections for growing western suburbs and regional cities to major employment, health and education precincts in the inner city

  • Over 14 kilometres of new walking and cycling paths

  • Creation of 6,000 jobs during construction

  • Over 30 kilometres of new lanes on the Monash Freeway between Eastlink and Clyde Road

  • The longest managed motorway in Australia 

West Gate Tunnel Project
Image: Transurban 

Transurban CEO Scott Charlton said this milestone marks one of the most comprehensive and transparent project developments undertaken in Victoria.

"Developing effective road transport options such as the West Gate Tunnel Project together with public transport and active transport modes are essential for any modern city looking to foster growth and liveability into the future" Mr Charlton said.

“As a company that started right here in Melbourne, we remain committed to offering people choices for how they move around their city and this project will help alleviate a key bottleneck and improve road safety".

Major construction will begin early next year with the project completed in 2022.

Welcome new members: Methodist Ladies' College

We are thrilled to welcome our newest not-for-profit member, Methodist Ladies' College (MLC).

Established in 1882, the goal of MLC's founders was to provide a high-class Christian education for girls, comparable with that provided elsewhere for boys. Over a century later and MLC continues to set the benchmark for educational excellence, facilities and innovation. 

MLC proudly adopts an international outlook and embraces diversity. In fact, in 2014, MLC was one of the first Australian schools to achieve Council of International Schools accreditation for commitment to internationalism and global citizenship.

We look forward to working with MLC on shaping a better future for our city.

Cities 4.0 Summint: making smart cities a reality

Committee for Melbourne is partnering with the Cities 4.0 Summit to bring together thought leaders and city executives to explore the latest technology advances, business models, and lessons learned for making smart cities. 

From 20-22 March 2018, at the Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the second annual Cities 4.0 Summit will be the place to be for city – and regional – leaders involved in smart city projects.

The Summit will prove to be a rewarding learning experience with an emphasis on achieving success in the real world.

Case studies from the City of London, City of New York, City of Melbourne, City of Sydney and City of Auckland will explore different approaches to implementing smart city projects.

Image: Cities 4.0 

In addition to moderated deep-dive roundtables, exhibition areas and updates from the Australian Government smart cities team keynote experts will share their ideas and projects which have set the benchmark for cities globally and locally. These include:

  • Jarmo Eskelinen from the London-based Future Cities Catapult revealing strategies to create 'cities for citizens'
  • Nick Cleary from Consolidated Land and Rail Australia on transforming regional cities into powerhouses of innovation 
  • Clayton Banks from the Silicon Harlem Program explaining how digital infrastructure unleashes growth and prosperity

See the full speaker line-up.

If you are involved in shaping the smart city agenda within your organisation and would like to find out more, contact Program Director, Shahida Sweeney.   

What's on our radar

'Straight to the heart' - in this terrific piece, Committee for Melbourne Director Jacqui Savage, tells the story of how she designed a world-first life saving medical sensor and delves in to the circumstances that led her down this path. Her talent and fresh perspectives help us bring ideas to outcomes.

'Smart City Strategies: A global review 2017' - a report by the influential London-based Future Cities Catapult forecasts the smart cities market will grow to over US$750bn in 2020. The Asia Pacific region will grow at the highest rate, influenced by exciting new projects in Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and India. Hear from Future Cities Catapult's Chief Innovation and Technology Officer Jarmo Eskelinen, at the Cities 4.0 Summit. 

'Pamela Galli makes $5m donation to Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research' - an uplifting story of generosity which will help support the work of our member, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and its Director Professor Doug Hilton. A Future Focus Group alumnus, Doug Hilton is a champion of medical research in Australia, indigenous recognition, gender equity and support for emerging leaders. A well-deserved recognition!

Melbourne Airport unveils refurbished retail and dining precinct at T2 international terminal - as more than 60 million travellers are expected to pass through Melbourne’s international airport terminal by 2033, our member Melbourne Airport has ensured our city's visitability from landing to take-off. Well done! 

Upcoming events

Thursday 10 May 2018
Committee for Melbourne 2018 Annual Dinner

20-22 March 2018
Cities 4.0 Summit 

7, 14 and 21 March 2018
Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program - Executive Level:
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