Committee Communiqué

Edition 11

Committee for Melbourne Patron, Governor of Victoria's Term Extended November 2023

We warmly congratulate Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Committee for Melbourne Patron for the extension of her term as the Governor of Victoria for a further three years.   

Premier Daniel Andrews said that the Queen had accepted his request for her to stay on until 30 June 2023.  This extension allows Governor Dessau and her and husband Anthony Howard QC to continue their outstanding work and provides constitutional certainty during the next state election, due in November 2022.


To extend or not to extend? 

The discussion around the extension of the Free Tram Zone in Melbourne continues in the media and the Victorian Parliament.  

Committee for Melbourne media partner, The Age, has run a series of articles focusing on the topic. In one of the most recent articles, a survey found readers’ overwhelmingly support extension of the Free Tram Zone. This suggests that there may already be broad public support for such an extension, notwithstanding the limitations of such a survey.  We were pleased to see Rob Barton MLC, table a motion in the Legislative Council to conduct an inquiry into the extension of the free tram zone – a proposal accepted by the House.  



Our Annual Treasure

Committee for Melbourne Foundation Luncheon with Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas. 

On 21 June, Committee for Melbourne Foundation members were treated to an exclusive lunch with Victorian Treasurer Mr Tim Pallas MP for the fifth consecutive year, again kindly hosted by EY.    

The Treasurer shared the thinking behind his fifth budget and his new economic development portfolio. He was joined for a candid panel discussion on the future of housing, planning for growth, and digital capability  with EY Chief Economist, Jo Masters, The University of Melbourne’s Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning, Dr Crystal Legacy, and Lendlease’s Managing Director of Urban Regeneration, John Burton OBE. 



Annual Member Survey

Every year, we survey our 150 members to help focus the Committee's priorities as we strive to shape Melbourne’s future. 

The survey influences the Committee’s agenda and advocacy program for the upcoming financial year.  It also helps us focus on our members’ specific interests and the work of our various taskforces. 

We thank all our Foundation, Corporate and Not for Profit members who completed the survey. A special thanks to Committee member IPSOS, which powered the survey and the in-depth analysis. 



Securing our Future | Eastern Seaboard Collaboration

On 18 June, Committee for Melbourne CEO, Martine Letts, presented her Fellow’s Address at the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), making the case for an Eastern Seaboard megaregion to help Australia successfully navigate its way through a very complicated twenty-first century.



Shining a light on Not-for-Profit

This year the Committee brought big ideas into focus by paying homage to the inspiring Melburnians who came before us, and aspiring entrepreneurs building their legacy for Melbourne’s future. 

One of the big ideas formulated by our Board was a Not-For-Profit offering for our Annual Dinner. The Board recognised the need to make our dinner more accessible to a broader range of organisations which strongly influence Melbourne by making a number of tables available at cost for NfP members or an NfP cause supported by a member



Leaving a Lasting Legacy | Future Focus Group

The 2019-2020 Project Team from the Committee’s Future Focus Group pitched their proposed projects to a Project Review Panel earlier this week at GrowthOps.  Projects covered financial technology and literacy, liveability for children in high-density communities and the green transformation of small CBD spaces. 



What's on our Radar


Funding for Social and Affordable Housing Projects

Homes for Homes have opened funding for their social and affordable housing projects. This funding round marks the second time funds have been released in Victoria for social and affordable housing providers.  
“We are keen to fund high-impact projects and are open to all proposals from community housing providers and property developers. Any organisation that can create social and affordable housing is encouraged to apply,” said Homes for Homes CEO, Steven Persson.  

For more information on this project, click here.  


It's out with the old and in with the trash? 

Recycled plastic to replace traditional railway sleepers. 

On Monday 24 June the first 200 Duratrack Sleepers were installed at Richmond Station as part of an 18-month trial. The new recycled plastic sleepers are made completely from a mix of polystyrene and agricultural waste, such as cotton bale wrap.



Expo 2020 Welcomes Victoria! 

Victoria will participate in Expo 2020, held for the very first time in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 2020 to April 2021. 
Expo 2020 is an opportunity to showcase Australian and Victorian culture, ingenuity and innovation, and highlight the quality of our services sector and education system, agricultural products and credentials as a secure destination for trade and two-way investment. Australian businesses will have a unique platform to forge global collaboration, with opportunities in the UAE and in the broader region.  



Member News



New Member 

PLV is the peak body for public libraries in Victoria. The membership works as a progressive alliance to champion the value of public libraries and to make a positive difference in the communities that they serve.  

More than 2.2 million Victorians are a member of their local library, and attract nearly 31 million visits per annum. A recent study by SGS revealed that public libraries deliver $4.30 of economic value for every dollar invested. 

As the peak body, PLV advocates on behalf of the sector, builds the capacity of members through professional development and provides value through partnership arrangements. PLV’s strategic direction, values and guiding behaviours are articulated in Public Libraries Victoria Four Year Strategic Plan 2019-2022. 

More information on Victorian public libraries can be found at www.librarieschangelives.org.au 


Melbourne Prize Trust

Melbourne Prize is seeking Victoria’s most outstanding musician or group. Melbourne Prize for Music 2019 and Awards entries have opened, providing opportunities for the abundant musical talent in our community. 

Founder Simon Warrender announced the Melbourne Prize following the unveiling of his Committee for Melbourne Future Focus Group project, the commissioning of The Magic Pudding sculpture, which is also presented to our Melbourne Achiever Award winners annually. 

To find out more or to enter, click here.  

Trophy Presentation

This week, the Committee presented Lendlease with a member trophy for 15 years of commitment to Melbourne’s future and Lendlease’s vision to always create leading infrastructure projects.  

Pictured: John Burton OBE, Managing Director, Urban Regeneration, Lendlease, Roland Van Benten, Development Executive, Lendlease, Tom Trevaskis, Victorian General Manager, Lendlease with Martine Letts, CEO, Committee for Melbourne.  


Have you reserved your spot for these events?

If you have an interest in housing, integrated social infrastructure delivery, ageing or disability you must join us on 3 July at an event we are hosting in collaboration with Australian Unity and the Summer Foundation. The forum will consider how ‘social infrastructure gaps’ can be tackled in the future through the creation of integrated communities. Reserve your spot here!  

Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) is offering Committee for Melbourne members discounted tickets to their ‘Building Communities Symposium’ on July 5. This one-day symposium will apply a human-centred lens to planning, using workshops to draw ideas from participants. The Symposium will provide an opportunity to add to the conversation and network with Local Government.  

Register here and select VLGA Partner ticket. For further information, please contact us.  

Our vision for Melbourne:

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