Committee Communiqué

From the CEO

Welcome back to the Committee Communiqué and our first edition for 2017! As the Australian Open – which injected a record $278.1 million into the state's economy – rounds out our summer, here is how we started 2017:

  • In early January, my opinion piece on the open use of government data to make our economy more competitive in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution was published in The Guardian Australia. 
  • Following the tragic Bourke Street incident, I was invited to speak at the Bourke Street Community Vigil at Federation Square on behalf of the Committee for Melbourne. The vigil was well attended by the public, emergency services workers and dignitaries including our Patron, Governor Linda Dessau, Premier Daniel Andrews and family, the Federal Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Kelly O’Dwyer representing Prime Minister Turnbull as well as a young member of the public who had helped comfort some of the victims. The gathering was a very moving demonstration of how Melburnians are strong and united in the face of disasters. The event received extensive media coverage on the radio and online. 
  • In line with our efforts to diversify our membership base and foster our city's talent, we welcomed a rising startup to the Committee. Spolib is a digital sports training platform and our ‘entrepreneur in residence’ setting up their office in Milton House.

As 2017 gets underway, we will continue to work with our members on shaping Melbourne’s future via our four pillars of Future Economy, Infrastructure, Urban Optimisation and Liveability with special attention to the prominent challenges of energy security and homelessness. A key milestone in Q1 will be the launch of our MELBOURNE 4.0 report which will outline some possible future scenarios for our city arising from technological disruption and matching strategies for Melbourne to successfully ride the wave of change. The report will also help the Committee set a forward agenda to continue to influence the best possible outcomes for Melbourne’s future.

Finally, the Committee warmly congratulates two important supporters recognised at this year’s Australia Day Awards ceremony:

  • Our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AM AC on her appointment as Companion of the Order of Australia 
  • Youth Projects Chair, Melanie Raymond OAM on her medal of the Order of Australia

I am looking forward to seeing you all at our third and final MELBOURNE 4.0 Workshop on 14 February at PwC’s new premises at 2 Riverside Quay, Southbank.  

Martine Letts

In the media

As part of their series on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, The Guardian Australia published the CEO’s OpEd 'Government must share its data to give Australia a competitive advantage’.

Echoing the Committee’s MELBOURNE 4.0 Taskforce agenda, Martine Letts argued that technological disruption will fundamentally transform the way we work, live and do business. Optimal use of technology, including the broadest possible access to open data, can be our greatest asset in ensuring that we continue to flourish in the Asia Pacific, the world’s fastest growing region.

Read the OpEd.

Infrastructure Victoria workshop

Following a well-attended submission workshop with members, the Committee submitted a response to ‘Moving from evaluation to valuation: Improving project appraisals by monetising more economic, social and environmental impacts’. 

The Committee advocated for a bi-partisan and consolidated vision for Greater Melbourne which values economic prosperity along with liveability and social inclusion as part of its cost benefit analysis.  

With an ever-increasing population, having an agreed comprehensive blueprint for Greater Melbourne was critical to making informed investment decisions that maximise living and working conditions across the city. 

We emphasised the importance of community buy-in for investment decisions via community consultation. Collaborative partnerships between the government, local councils, industry and the community would be critical to finding solutions and continuing improvements to ensure and sustain Melbourne’s liveability.    

In that context, our submission covered key issues such as vision and cost benefit analysis; essential infrastructure and timeframes; social impacts and social resilience; mining ‘big data’; value capture of rent and environmental concerns. 
We thank all members who provided input. Read our submission

Future Focus Group

2016-2017 participants

The 2016-2017 Future Focus Group participants have six projects that are continuing to take shape as they reach the 12 month mark. Participants will be working hard to deliver the targeted outcomes on these projects before they graduate in November. The first monthly Workshop of 2017 is Tuesday 14 March hosted by Committee member Bates Smart.

2017-2018 Induction Weekend

For the first time since the FFG was established 21 years ago, we are offering this unique business and civic leadership development program in successive years, rather than biennially. The Induction Weekend for the 2017-2018 Future Focus Group cohort kicks off on Friday 10 February and will run over the entire weekend. There are 21 participants from 16 member organisations, with an almost 50/50 gender mix. The first of the monthly Workshops for the new intake is on Tuesday 28 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Cities 4.0 Summit in Melbourne

Creating vibrant, liveable cities requires engagement with everyone that creates the cities ‘ecosystem’.

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts will be joining top level executives from leading cities, as well as thinkers, innovators, designers and disruptors with unique insights to explore strategy, technology and design for innovative and connected smart cities at the Cities 4.0 Summit being held from 21-23 March in Melbourne.

Committee for Melbourne is proud to support this event and invites our members to attend.

Super early bird discounts apply until 10 February – get an additional 10% off with promo code CFM_10. Book online and download the brochure.

#GlobalCityHack Weekend

#GlobalCityHack is a hacking weekend combining STEM with entrepreneurship to create the sustainable cities of the future.

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts will judge pitched projects aiming to reshape the way we address city issues with forward-thinking solutions.

The Faculty of Science at Monash University has partnered with Committee for Melbourne and others to put together this fast-paced event. Throughout the weekend, participants will be coached and mentored by a stellar line-up of experts and entrepreneurs.

Register for the event.

Welcome new members

It is through the expertise and engagement of our membership, that we shape our policy positions. We look forward to working with you to shape a better future for Melbourne.

Bendigo Bank – Foundation
Commonwealth Bank – Foundation
McKinsey and Company – Foundation
Grimshaw Architects – Corporate
MLC Life Insurance – Corporate
Spolib – Not-for-profit   

What's on

8 March 2017 – *Special offer for Committee for Melbourne members: AIM International Women’s Day Great Debate

The Australian Institute of Management will be supporting the global International Women’s Day initiative by hosting a Great Debate in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The AIM IWD Great Debate is designed to celebrate the importance of gender diversity in Australian society, specifically in the Australian workplace.

Over a long lunch six hand-picked Australian leaders will be debate the provocative topic, ‘Australia in 2017 is still a man's world’.

*$10 off each ticket or $90 off per table. Claim the special rate. Offer ends Monday 20 February.

For members

Tuesday 14 February 2017
MELBOURNE 4.0 workshop 3: Challenges and Strategic Options

Tuesday 21 February 2017
Arts and Culture Roundtable

Friday 21 April 2017 
Arts and Culture Roundtable

Thursday 11 May 2017
2017 Annual Dinner at the Melbourne Museum


3-5 March 2017
#GlobalCityHack Weekend

22-23 March 2017
Cities 4.0 Summit

31 March - 9 April  
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 


Committee for Melbourne member organisations can promote their company announcements, news, media coverage and events on the Committee for Melbourne website and social media. You can simply email any relevant items to Sophie at sbigaignon@melbourne.org.au or call on (03) 9667 8160.

Our vision for Melbourne:

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