Committee Communiqué

Edition 10

Uber will take to the Skies from 2020

Committee for Melbourne member Uber has announced that Melbourne will join Los Angeles, California, and Dallas, Texas, as the third official pilot city for Uber Air – the rideshare app’s ambitious program to take its services from the streets to the skies. Australia is the first market outside the US to trial the program and Melbourne only the third international pilot city to test this innovative approach to ridesharing and modern transport technology.



Thought Leadership | Playable City Melbourne

Playable cities connect people and place in creative ways. They allow people to reimagine the city, not to just to see the city-as-it-is but to experience the city-as-it-could-be. Through this playful approach, the role of public art may be expanded to be participatory and interactive and to explore the creative, linguistic, cultural, social and urban diversity of many cities.



Meet the Minister | The Hon. Martin Foley

Committee for Melbourne’s Arts and Culture Taskforce was delighted to have The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, address a very well attended meeting of members on Wednesday 12 June.  

The Minister spoke about the integral role of the Committee and its member organisations 
collaborating with the government to promote a vibrant arts and culture scene and confident cultural economy in Greater Melbourne.



Taskforce Update | Arts and Culture

At our second Arts and Culture Forum on 29 May, AECOM’s Tim O’Loan and Madeline Eads-Dorsey shared news about an exciting series, run in conjunction with the Committee, on the reinvigoration of Fishermans Bend.  
An essential part of placemaking and fostering an innovation ecosystem is to ensure a vibrant creative sector. This four-part series will include a forum on how creative industries can be promoted and established as part of the development. The event will bring together stakeholders and creatives to answer these critical questions in a collaborative format to develop material. You can make your contribution by registering your interest here.  

We also heard from Dr. Troy InnocentRMIT University on transforming Melbourne into a playable city called 64 Ways of Being (see separate item above).



Grand Challenges

On Friday 7 May Foundation member, Swinburne University of Technology, held a ‘Grand Challenge’ for students to pitch policy ideas on the topics of housing and diversity which will affect their generation. The Committee had two members on the judging panel for Housing, Assoc. Prof. Wendy Stone and David Prior. Students presented a range of innovative approaches to generation rent and youth homelessness.



Re-imagining Australia's East Coast

On 18 June, Committee for Melbourne CEO, Martine Letts, will present a keynote Fellow’s Address at the Australian Institute for International Affairs on the importance of Eastern Seaboard Collaboration, one of the strategic needs identified by our Melbourne 4.0 taskforce.   

If you would like to attend, please call: (03) 9654 7271 or BOOK ONLINE


Volunteer Victoria 


Committee for Melbourne is proud to be Presenting Partner for the Volunteering Victoria State Conference 2019. Moderated by Clive Dwyer, on Friday 21 June, CfM will host a panel discussion titled ‘The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be.’ Our expert panel includes Scott Chapman, CEO from Royal Flying Doctor Service, Penny Harrison, Director – Volunteering at Australian Red Cross, Dan Evans, Deputy Managing Director at IPSOS and Stephanie Schmidt, Client Services Manager at Roserfy.  

For further information, please contact Laura Kerr Melvin or click here.  


What's on our Radar

Our friends at the Herald Sun hit the mark with point number six “Their wardrobe contains more than one primary colour...” read for the full story here.


Member News

New Member

Weston Williamson + Partners is an international architectural and urban design practice specialising in infrastructure projects, urban regeneration, and placemaking. Established in 1985, they have completed a wide variety of projects, across multiple sectors for a diverse range of clients both in the UK, Australia, and internationally. 

Their design ethos is underpinned by over 30 years of expertise in designing and delivering simple elegant architecture. They take pride in providing first-class, high-value, quality, innovative, sustainable design solutions with an efficient, courteous, ethical and honest practice across many sectors. 

Their ambition is akin to that of the Committee for Melbourne and they aim to help shape cities responsibly and sustainably for the people that live and work in them, both now and in the future. 


Winter Night Market is back! 

Open fires, party lights, live entertainment and mulled wine – winter in Melbourne has officially begun and that can only mean one thing. The Winter Night Market is back, bigger than ever with 50 new stalls at Queen Victoria Market. Be sure to head down to warm up your Wednesday nights!   


Trophy Presentations

Pictured: David Rafterty, Kelly Maslin and guests of Jacobs and Martine Letts

We were proud to present Foundation member Jacobs with a member trophy for 19 years at our Annual Dinner last month. Jacobs has a long history of serving Melbourne and Victoria delivering innovative infrastructure solutions and environmental services. They are a global engineering consulting firm of 70,000 staff. The firm works with relationship clients across a diverse range of market sectors. 



Pictured: Clive Dwyer, Chris James of NORTH Link 

As our first official photo in our new home, we presented Not-for-Profit member NORTH Link, with a member trophy celebrating 13 years of membership on our Collins Street balcony. NORTH Link is a regional partnership of industry, education and government established in 1995. They are a business network and regional economic development advocacy group representing Melbourne’s northern region comprising the cities of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra. Their aim is to ensure that Melbourne’s north achieves sustainable GDP growth at least equal to that of the rest of Melbourne and Australia. 

Upcoming Events

Friday 21 June 
Foundation Member Luncheon; The Treasurer of Victoria, Mr Tim Pallas MP
(Foundation Members only)

Thursday 17 October
2019 Parliamentary Drinks
(Foundation Members only)

Wednesday 3 July
Open Mind Forum | Integrated Communities with Australian Unity and Summer Foundation 

For enquiries regarding the Foundation Member-only events, please contact us. 

Thursday 20 June
Volunteering Victoria 

Wednesday 17 July
Melbourne Planning Summit

Thursday 15 August
The Centre for Educational Enterprise Presents: Learning for Tomorrow Conference

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Member's hosting events
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