Committee Communiqué

Global knowledge HQ in Melbourne

Quality information that is honest, accurate and trusted through The Conversation offers Melbourne the opportunity to become the global HQ for the world’s first international university and research community, says its Executive Director and Editor Andrew Jaspan. Andrew was the first speaker in CfM’s Leading thinker series hosted on 13 July by the Carlton Connect Initiative at Melbourne University. The Conversation has triple-A rated content and uses impact metrics to assess the reach of its publications and search. With sites in Nairobi, UK, USA and Canada as well as relationships with more than 1500 universities, its global pipeline provides an opportunity to rethink the way free information can drive innovation and jobs growth. Working with Melbourne's hub of eight world-class universities, The Conversation could become the powerhouse provider and curator of high-quality content for the internet, while also providing professional services for the global university and research community.

“It was a remarkably inspiring conversation. It is incredible to see what ideas have arisen out of Melbourne, which not only has an impact locally but has significant global benefits”, said CfM member Tim Leslie, Studio Director at Bates Smart architects and President of Open House Melbourne.

We still have a few spots left for our next speaker Ian Harper, Consultant, Deloitte Access Economics, on 23 August. He will be followed by Professor Linda Kristjanson, John Wylie AM, Geoff Culbert and Jennifer Westacott. RSVP to Ian Harper.

Fishermans Bend Recast Vision

The Committee greatly appreciates the thoughtful observations, ideas and recommendations shared by members at our recent submission workshop on Fishermans Bend's urban redevelopment. These contributions were captured in the Committee’s submission for the Fishermans Bend Recast Vision draft for consultation that closed on 30 June. All agree that Fishermans Bend's development, done properly, represents a unique opportunity to develop a world’s best practice urban transformation which will cement Melbourne’s status as a leading world city and attract the highest quality Australian and international human capital.

Key points covered allowing plenty of room for innovation, sound planning controls and incentives, integrated public transport infrastructure, managing living with flooding, and having a green vision. Fishermans Bend's urban renewal also offers a unique greenfields opportunity to develop sustainable and resilient employment and housing options within the CBD. This goes to the heart of the Committee’s commitment to Melbourne’s future economy and urban optimisation. Following a review of community feedback, a final Recast Vision is due for release in August this year.

Melbourne’s icons opens minds

Take advantage of Open House Melbourne (OHM) on 30 and 31 July. This wonderful initiative originated in 2008 from the Committee's business and civic leadership program, the Future Focus Group and is a clever example of projects spawned by Melbourne’s young high achievers. This year the program has increased by 40% with over 140 buildings, infrastructure, landscapes and urban developments to explore through tours, exhibitions, screenings and panels - all for free. In addition, as Tim Leslie, Studio Director at Bates Smart and President of Open House Melbourne puts it "the role Open House plays in providing the general public an insight into the role good design plays in creating a better built environment is fundamental to a better city [...] Melbourne prides itself on being one the world’s most liveable cities and good design is a key plank in achieving this".

The 2016 OHM printed program and map are available for sale at the Committee for Melbourne office.

Economic benefits from our East End Theatres

An EY report, released this Monday, highlighted significant facts about Melbourne’s iconic East End Theatres’ contributions to Melbourne’s economy as well as impressive attendance figures. Statistics show that the East End Theatres' yearly attendance exceeds every other major Victorian art/culture event. For instance in 2014-15, there were 1.5 million patrons contributing 2957 direct and indirect jobs. New money entering Victoria amounted to $226 million and all economic activity associated with the theatres amounted to $692 million. According to Jason Marriner, Marriner Group, these findings among others "firmly places theatre-going in Melbourne amongst the city’s biggest attractions and major events".
With this report as a backdrop, members’ creative ideas at our upcoming arts and culture roundtable on 3 August should result in a stimulating discussion about how Melbourne can develop an integrated vision and strategy for the city as a vibrant, global centre for arts and culture.

Our vision for Melbourne:

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