Committee Communiqué

Committee for Melbourne welcomes Andrews Government

Committee for Melbourne congratulates the Andrews Government on its emphatic election victory and looks forward to working with the re-elected government to shape Melbourne’s future.

Andrews Government 

We also acknowledge the outstanding contribution to the Committee’s efforts by the Hon.Philip Dalidakis MP and the Hon. John Eren MP in their previous ministerial roles.
Since its creation in Melbourne in 1985 when John Cain was Premier of Victoria, the Committee has successfully worked with successive Victorian Governments on the design and implementation of large city shaping projects for Greater Melbourne as well as strategic initiatives which have enhanced Melbourne’s reputation as a liveable, prosperous city.
On 31 October, we published our policy priorities for the 2018 Victorian State Election, drawing on members’ response to our 2018 membership survey and our collaborative work on the Melbourne 4.0 program and our standing Transport, Arts and Culture and Not-for-Profit Taskforces. 
Our 'Vote for the Future' paper outlined a vision for the future, urging the incoming Victorian Government to commit to proactively preparing Melbourne and Victoria for success in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and received significant media coverage.

We were pleased to receive a response from Premier Andrews on 5 November, in which he provided an overview of his government’s plans in transport, housing and energy infrastructure. 
Committee for Melbourne looks forward, together with our members and stakeholders, to continue to build on the productive working relationship with the newly elected Andrews Government and all Members of Parliament in the pursuit of our shared ambition for Melbourne and Victoria’s future progress.

 Read our blueprint for prosperity in last weekend's Age.

The year that was...

Thank you to the Bank of Melbourne and State Manager Transaction Banking Victoria, Bev Jamie, for hosting our Annual General Meeting (AGM) last month at their fabulous premises in the Rialto.

Chaired by Deputy Co-Chair Pru Sanderson, it was an occasion for our board and staff to meet members, celebrate the Committee’s work in 2018 and review our plans for 2019. It was also an opportunity to thank our members for their support. Our cross-sectoral membership base is our real strength. By connecting our partners in business, the knowledge sector, civil society and government we have the best chance to influence good policy for Melbourne.


 Pru Sanderson chairs our 32nd AGM 

While we congratulated Director Tony Macvean on his re-election, we bade farewell to Director Reverend Ric Holland, with thanks for his outstanding contribution. As a committed advocate for the not-for-profit sector, Ric led the push to establish the Committee’s Not-for-profit Taskforce last year.

Our AGM was also the perfect opportunity to recognise our Foundation member, Bank of Melbourne, for fifteen years of continuous membership.

Bev Jamie accepts our Award from Pru Sanderson, on behalf of Bank of Melbourne 

2018 was a full and successful year for the Committee for Melbourne with impressive growth in output in policy, forums and partnerships, fuelled by increasing membership numbers, engagement and support. Our Annual Year in Review tells the full story.  

View the event's photos.

Avalon Airport becomes Australia's newsest International Airport

Earlier this month, our member Avalon Airport officially became Australia's newest International Airport!

The new international terminal was officially opened by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne and Member for Lara, the Hon. John Eren MP.

With an estimated 500,000 passengers forecast to pass through Avalon Airport in the first year of operation, the terminal is state-of-the-art with room to expand. It includes:

  • Two duty free stores
  • Tourist Refund Scheme facilities
  • A full bar and café
  • Intelligent CT cabin baggage screening


Avalon Airport's new status will provide international passengers with easier access and more affordable travel to Melbourne, Geelong and the Great Ocean Road, adding greatly to the country’s visitor economy, while providing easier and affordable access to international travel for people living in Geelong and many suburbs of Melbourne.

“Our mission is to be the best small airport in the world by providing passengers the service they expect of an international airport with the best price and greater efficiency,” said Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings. 

Justin Giddings


In 2050, how many adult elephants can you fit into a wine glass?

A couple of weeks ago, we were joined by renowned transport expert, Jarrett Walker, as part of our Transport Series, which was kindly supported by Keolis Downer (Yarra Trams) and K&L Gates.

Jarrett opened his presentation with a somewhat confusing question – in 2050, how many adult elephants can you fit into a wine glass? – the purpose of which was to illustrate that “some things don’t need to be researched”.

For Jarrett, it is about space; technology never changes geometry. As such, buses and trams are the most effective and efficient way of moving large numbers of people around.  

Jarrett Walker

In this context, Jarrett spoke about the concept of freedom and how people value this above all else when it comes to transport, which should provide the widest possible access for citizens to the largest choice of employment and amenity within a reasonable time frame. 

It is precisely the rigidity of fixed bus and tram routes that give transport authorities the ability to provide freedom to its travellers. Since fixed routes allow you to scale, you can create frequent lines – which connect with each other – to most efficiently expand ‘freedom’. As such, “frequency is a cubed value”; less waiting, easy connections (so you can go more places), and a backstop for reliability. 

However, increasing the frequency of a service is expensive, so we have to find a way for the traveller to properly value it. This is best done by making it visible in what Jarrett calls the ‘Frequent Network’ – a map that shows all public transport routes in one easy view to show people where they can go now. 

A big thank you to our sister Committee, Committee for Sydney, for introducing us to Jarrett.

If you missed the event, you can purchase Jarrett's book, Human Transit, online!

Melbourne Prize winners announced

The winners of the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 and Awards have been announced!

As one of the country's most valuable literature prizes with a prize pool over $100,000, it recognises and rewards Victorian authors across all literary genres.

The Committee for Melbourne is a Founding Partner of the Melbourne Prize Trust, which was started in 2005 to run the annual Melbourne Prize.

Congratulations to the winners and all finalists this year.

L to R: Alison Lester, Winner, Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018; Maria Tumarkin, Winner, Best Writing Award 2018; Jamie Marina Lau, Winner, NEW Readings Residency Award 2018

A space for sinners

Continuing its cultural overhaul of Melbourne's King Street precinct with its King Street Revival initiative, the Rialto Joint Venture has recently announced the opening of internationally renowned New York-based street artist ELLE's exhibition at its new gallery space, KSR (King Street Revival) Residency.

Titled 'A Space for Sinners', ELLE's exhibition is a collection of her work which calls on themes of reconciling past sins and deeds with the present, while building it into a brighter future. In many ways, these themes mirror Rialto's own vision of revitalising the King Street precinct. Cleaning up King Street has been a long-time focus for Rialto Joint Venture and the opening up of KSR Residency marks the last step towards fulfilling this goal.

An example of ELLE's work
Photography: Shannyn Higgins

"For too long the King Street precinct has been a vibrant business district by day, and an unappealing area by night. With state and local government support, we are determined to create a safe and vibrant arts and entertainment precinct that will promote and encourage local and international interest", said Rialto Joint Venture Director and Committee for Melbourne Board Director, Lorenz Grollo.

The official public opening of ELLE x KSR Residency exhibition will be on Friday 7 December 2018 (6-8pm), with works on display Wednesday to Friday (5-9pm) until 20 December 2018.

Lorenz Grollo and ELLE
Photography: Shannyn Higgins

What's on our radar

Rod Laver Arena celebrates 30 years with money-can’t-buy Golden Ticket competition! To celebrate its 30th birthday, Rod Laver Arena is giving a once-in-a-lifetime present of ‘money-can’t buy’ experiences for the first time ever – a Golden Ticket double-pass to attend any event at the venue from February to December 2019.
To go in the running to win the coveted Golden Ticket, the community is invited to submit their favourite memories of 'everyone's arena' – photos, videos or short stories – via social media using the hashtag #RLA30. To further mark this milestone year, three Rod Laver Arena-inspired street art murals are popping up in the CBD this month, keep your eyes peeled! 

The good news is

Richard Branson just launched a $3 million prize for a better air conditioner - Inventors from around the world now have three million reasons to reinvent one of the most basic household appliances: the air conditioner. When people start to earn more money, reports show that one of the most common first purchases they make is an air conditioning unit. With global temperatures slowly rising and more people earning higher incomes, the amount of utilised AC units could multiply to a whopping 4.5 billion units by 2050, generating thousands of tons of carbon emissions as a byproduct. This is why Sir Richard Branson recently helped launch an international competition which is offering a $3 million prize for anyone who can design an AC unit that has five times less environmental impact than the standard unit, but for less than two times the shelf price. 

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