Committee Communiqué

From the CEO


2017 Melbourne Festival
This year's festival, under the artistic direction of Jonathan Holloway, offers a rich program of local and international performances in theatre, music, the visual arts and ideas underscoring Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital. I was thrilled to attend the launch earlier this week and congratulate Committee Member Melbourne Festival for what promises to be an extraordinary program which will lift our spirits and expand our horizons.

Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) Stakeholder briefing
At the MMRA briefing this week I was delighted to see four of our Members involved in the delivery of the project – congratulations Arup, Arcadis, LendLease and Hassell for being part of a city-shaping project with world-class design and engineering.  All the stations will activate the public spaces around them and their design are underpinned by way-finding principles, use of natural light and safety. High capacity signalling and other technologies should reduce crowding, increase services (a train every 2 to 3 minutes) and remove bottlenecks in the Cityloop.

C2 Melbourne
In a world first, Melbourne has secured major event C2 Conference, becoming the only city in the world outside of Montreal to host the event and I am thrilled to announce that the Committee is a proud ‘Partner from Day 1’. The conference which is described by Le Nouvel Observateur as the ‘Davos of Creativity’ and ‘unlike any other’ by the Harvard Business Review will take place in Melbourne from 30 November to 1 December. More details on our involvement shortly, but in the meantime visit c2melbourne.com to find out more about this transformational event.

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Melbourne 4.0

Last week, our Melbourne 4.0 report received great coverage in The Australian. The article highlighted some of the Strategic Needs listed in the report which must be addressed to prepare Melbourne, our economy and society for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Read the article

We are now designing taskforces to address the nine Strategic Needs critical to Melbourne's future. The conclusions of these taskforces will inform our advocacy for many years to come. 
We invite all Committee for Melbourne Members to get involved by registering their interest by contacting the Committee's policy team directly. Your participation is critical to helping us shape a better future for our great city.   

Read the Melbourne 4.0 Summary report.
Read the Melbourne 4.0 report, if you would like to read the detailed exposition of each of our four scenarios for Melbourne in 2030.

National Cities Performance Framework: opportunity to contribute

The Committee for Melbourne is seeking your involvement in responding to the Federal Government’s National Cities Performance Framework Interim Report released last week.
Acknowledging the vital role Australia’s cities will continue to play in generating the country’s wealth and prosperity, the report aims to measure the performance of Australia’s largest cities using critical data.   
A workshop will be announced shortly, in the meantime, you can register your interest to participate

Citymart challenge winners

Transport congestion and social disconnection are two unwanted consequences of rapid urban development in Melbourne.

Resilient Melbourne partnered with the City of Melbourne’s Smart City Office and New York based agency Citymart to offer the challenge, inviting innovative thinkers to submit creative, impactful and feasible ideas to reduce traffic congestion and improve social connectivity

Selected by a judging panel including Committee CEO Martine Letts, the Resilient Melbourne Citymart Challenge winners, Freewheeler and Joinwheels, are looking to ease this congestion and make the experience of traveling more socially fulfilling. To achieve this, the local startups are using smart phone technology solutions that encourage people to change how they travel around our city.

Freewheeler uses mobile technology to automatically track commutes and reward healthy travel choices. Joinwheels is a peer-to-peer e-hailing app that encourages like-minded passengers with similar routes and destinations to find and connect with co-travellers.

Read more about the winners.

Swinburne University's Smart Cities Research Institute

Committee Member Swinburne University's Smart Cities Research Institute focuses on the grand challenges facing large, fast-growing cities in Australia and around the world. 

Making cities accessible to their resident populations, reducing congestion and enhancing economic productivity, decarbonising urban travel, and improving human health, are the main priorities of the Institute. 

Swinburne’s world-class expertise and the know-how of its key partners in government and industry will see the Institute:

  • Identify and remove the barriers to the scale-up and acceleration of urban innovation
  • Develop disruptive interventions and technologies to leap-frog or create step-changes in key urban domains.

Professor Mark Burry is the Foundation Director of the Institute. He is recognised internationally as a thought leader and researcher in the domain of future cities.
He has been the Executive Architect and lead researcher at the Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona, Spain and was awarded Australian Federation Fellow. 

Professor Mark Burry

Melbourne's Backyard

‘Melbourne’s Backyard' is an ideas competition seeking our city's best emerging and student designers to create innovative solutions for public spaces that will be disrupted by construction. It is one of the six FFG projects of the 2016-2017 cohort.

Finalists will have their work exhibited from 31 July to 6 August in the Atrium at Federation Square. The winners of the competition will be announced at the Awards evening on Thursday 3 August.

In addition to the First Prize and Best Sustainable Response Awards assigned by a judging panel, there will be a People's Choice Award. You can vote either in person at the exhibition or online via www.melbournesbackyard.com

In other FFG news, the 2016-2017 FFG cohort met at Melbourne Law School for a productive workshop hosted by three Committee Members; Jo Fisher, RPS and the University of Melbourne. The 2017-2018 cohort attended a fascinating briefing hosted at Swinburne University on Industry 4.0, Social Innovation and Smart Cities. The workshop concluded with an awe-inspiring 3D AstroTour of the Universe, made by Swinburne Astronomy Productions.  

Member offer

The Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) invites Committee for Melbourne Members to a panel discussion on 'The Finkel Report and Australia’s Energy Future' at the ABCC Member Rate (Individual Ticket: $170, Table of ten: $1600).

The discussion will explore the challenges of the current energy markets, with some of the key players in the field: 

  • Chloe Munro - Member of the panel for the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market (‘The Finkel Review’) 
  • Danny Price - Founder and Managing Director, Frontier Economics
  • Ivan Slavich - CEO, Energy Action Limited
  • David Blowers (Moderator) - Energy Fellow, Grattan Institute

Find out more about the event.
Register via the Committee for Melbourne.

Welcome to new member

Welcome to our new Corporate Member, Uber!

"Uber joined the Committee to contribute towards great ideas that help improve Melbourne. We believe the Committee for Melbourne's advocacy for initiatives such as improved infrastructure provision, urban mobility and embracing innovation are vital to ensure Melbourne's future. We welcome the opportunity to contribute towards these important ideas and look forward to being an active member of the Committee." - Martin Gray, Senior Associate, Uber

Member achievements

Congratulations for Committee Member EY for being named world’s number one professional services employer in Universum’s World’s Most Attractive Employers annual ranking.

Being the top professional services employer for the second consecutive year is truly testament to EY's commitment to developing and engaging its people

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What's on our radar

Stone and Chalk to open in Melbourne, backed by AustralianSuper, NAB, ANZ - Stone and Chalk will drive fintech productivity and growth. Melbourne must capitalise on this emerging market.

Priorities for prosperity: make our future work - Business Council of Australia's Chief Executive outlines her priorities for prosperity in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Our city must capitalise on its advantages, complacency is not an option.

Emma Telfer from Open House Melbourne on how looking to Finland could improve our city - Executive Director of Open House Melbourne Emma Telfer opens up about Mellbourne, our "city in transition".

Starting as a Future Focus Group project, Open House Melbourne is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and on this weekend. Make sure you visit Melbourne's architectural treasures!

Our vision for Melbourne:

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