Committee Communiqué

12th Edition


From the CEO

Congratulations to our Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Laura Kerr Melvin, on her appointment to the Board of Directors on the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) APAC region, a vibrant global association with thousands of members from around the world, representing many of the Global Fortune 500 companies. 

Setting a standard of excellence since 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines.  

Laura will also serve as the Partnerships Director for the APAC region.  

We encourage fellow communications professionals in our network to contact Laura for further information about sharing innovative thinking and sharing best practice via lmelvin@melbourne.org.au 

Corporate Rebels in Melbourne-8 August 

IABC and Committee for Melbourne member, Aurecon is proud to present Corporate Rebels at their only Melbourne event on Thursday 8th August. Based in The Netherlands, they travel the world on the hunt for the world's most progressive organisations that organise work in radically different ways, including Spotify, Google and Patagonia. And they’ve interviewed over one hundred of the world’s best thinkers on alternative ways of working that unleash the potential of employees. If you want to shake things up at your workplace, join us to hear them share their inspiring insights on reinventing the workplace status quo and achieving success based on freedom and mutual trust. Tickets via https://corporate-rebels.floktu.com/ 

NAIDOC Week | Join the Celebration 

This past fortnight, Melbourne has been celebrating NAIDOC week, through paying homage to the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To find out how you can get involved click here.






Transport Taskforce Update 

With Melbourne’s transport system groaning under the weight of our rapidly growing population, a business-as-usual approach will no longer cut it. Melbourne must adapt, and quickly!  

Committee for Melbourne’s new Transport Taskforce Steering Committee has been established and its remit is clear: identify the most important, strategic transport imperatives for Melbourne, and work with our membership base, and key stakeholders, to help bring about change.   

Taskforce chair and Partner at McKinsey and CompanyIshaan Nangia, hosted the first meeting, which included Brendan Bourke of Port of Melbourne, Darryn Patterson of Transurban, Alexa Delbosc of Monash University, and Brent Musgrove from the Commonwealth Bank.  

Infrastructure Victoria’s Executive Director of Strategy and Research, Catherine Rooney, provided an overview of the state of our transport network and the challenges it is facing. Collaborating with various transport bodies and Infrastructure Victoria, will form part of the Committee’s strategy in seeking change.        

The Committee for Melbourne Secretariat, and the Transport Taskforce Steering Committee, look forward to working with our members and stakeholders over the coming months to determine what our key priorities for action will be.   


New ways to get around our city

In February, RACV launched a journey planning app to provide personalised 
transport options to Victorians. "Arevo" integrates Melbourne’s train, tram and bus systems, myki top-up, parking, bike and car share options and Uber to help save time, money and hassle.



Arcadis | Shared Mobility: Effect on Property and Infrastructure assets



The Committee recently co-hosted an event with design and engineering consultancy Arcadis, discussing Melbourne’s readiness for the impact of Autonomous Mobility on its property and infrastructure assets.




Integrated Communities | Australian Unity and Summer Foundation


Australia is experiencing a dire social infrastructure gap in housing and services with government expenditure on housing increasing only 1% between 2011 – 2018.  2011 Australian of the Year and Chair of Summer Housing Simon McKeon and a panel of leading experts from government, industry and the research sectors discussed what can be done.




Melbourne Airport Link | What Melbourne can learn from Hong Kong


By Will Riley 

Will is Senior Associate at WW+P and a UK registered architect and urban designer. Will specialises in transport led development and heads the masterplanning team in Melbourne. Here is what he had to say about what Melbourne can learn from Hong Kong.  It makes fascinating reading.





New Member

We asked Hope and Glory’s Founder and Managing Partner, Matt Harrison, what inspired them to join the Committee.  

“Being ‘of Melbourne, for Melbourne’, Hope and Glory was inspired to join the inspired thinkers and doers associated with the Committee for Melbourne.  

Hope and Glory is Melbourne’s nimble recruitment practice for marketing and communications. We are genuinely committed to serving a community of senior marketing and communications people here in Victoria. It is upon our longstanding relationships with the top professionals who operate in this space that we’ve built our business. 

We want to help build your empire, whether it be your career, your team or your business.” 

 If you’d like to get in touch or learn more, please go to www.hopeandglory.com.au 


Member News

Representing less than 1% of Australian businesses, mid-sized business (annual sales revenue of $50m to $500m) is the forgotten child – to the extent that there is no real data on the size or impact of this segment on the Australian economy. Grant Thornton’s report on the contribution of mid-sized business to Australia highlights how initiatives and strategies geared to support and grow this segment could have a tangible impact on the Australian economy in just five years.



Christmas in July at the Winter Night Market


The Queen Victoria Market Winter Night Market is set to transform into a winter wonderland celebrating Christmas in July! 
Over five weeks, marketgoers can enjoy a real snow making machine under the Market's historic sheds, as well as a glistening forest full of Christmas trees and delicious food and drink with a distinctly festive flavour.   


What's on our Radar

Melbourne Planning Summit


Join us on 17-18 July, and take the opportunity to discuss critical and timely insights into the current issues facing planning in the Greater Melbourne via our Presenting Partnership with the  Melbourne Planning Summit.   

Committee CEO Martine Letts and a series of experts will discuss the future of planning, transport, smart cities and urban development over the next 30 years.   

The Summit will also provide insights into planning and infrastructure development for major cities and regions across Australia.   

Best practice case studies will be presented, show-casing innovative and successful planning solutions for a vibrant and liveable urban future.  

Members of the Committee for Melbourne are eligible to receive a further 10% discount to the Summit.  To receive this discount, please use the code MPSCFM.  

To view the agenda and to register, go to www.melbourneplanning2019.com.au 


Melbourne 2021

UIPT's Global Transport Summit is coming to Melbourne! 

In 2021, the International Association of Public Transport  (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit is coming to Melbourne. With almost 130 years of history behind it, the summit is the world’s biggest event dedicated to sustainable mobility. 



Have you reserved your spot?


Committee members, please contact us, for your discount code. 

Our vision for Melbourne:

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