Committee Communiqué

Committee for Melbourne new website launched

On Monday, Committee for Melbourne launched its new website at Hall and Wilcox with members and guests. Designed by FOR Studio and built by Efront based on the outcomes of the strategic work undertaken by Ogilvy and GA Research, the redevelopment of the site has brought some considerable branding and positioning benefits as well as increased usability and functionality capabilities. In addition to better showcasing the Committee's purpose and work, this website will be key in achieving member and policy engagement objectives.
The launch of our new website is just the first phase in our ambition to make the Committee for Melbourne website the hub of all communications and phase 2, which will include a members'-only portal and a blog, is already underway. Please take some time to browse our new website and let us know your feedback.

Submission to Infrastructure Victoria

Infrastructure Victoria’s important work on the development of Victoria’s first 30-year infrastructure strategy is in full swing with submissions to the latest discussion paper, All things considered, having closed on 17 June. From a recent members workshop, key observations, ideas and recommendations were captured in the Committee’s submission. Some of these included significant improvements to public transport networks, innovative funding and financing strategies, and better use of smart roads, data and technological developments. The Committee has encouraged Infrastructure Victoria to ensure its 30-year infrastructure strategy is integrated with the ambitions of the Victorian Government’s Plan Melbourne Refresh, due for release in September 2016. Plan Melbourne Refresh will reflect, among others things, the government’s long-term vision for housing and integrating public transport and infrastructure. The Committee’s views are highly regarded by Infrastructure Victoria, witnessed by the inclusion of some of its key recommendations in the previous round of submissions. Read our latest submission to Infrastructure Victoria.

Member lunch with The Hon Richard Wynne MP

On Tuesday, Minister for Planning Richard Wynne, joined Committee for Melbourne members over lunch to discuss issues of importance to urban and regional development as Victoria’s population continues to grow during times of economic instability and insecurity. A major focal point of the discussion was the importance of farsighted and comprehensive planning of business, housing and infrastructure to ensure economic prosperity as well as the provision of fundamental social amenities. It is recognised by the government that regional cities will play a significant role by establishing medium density housing and urban growth boundaries as they continue to expand. It was pleasing to note that there is opportunity to learn lessons from urban developments such as the Docklands experience, resulting in key observations for effective infrastructure developments and smart planning in new urban areas that will be articulated in the Plan Melbourne Refresh document.

Arts & culture roundtable reconvenes

Committee for Melbourne is keen to make a strong case for Melbourne as a global city of destination for arts and culture on a par with its status as a global sports and events destination. All the ingredients are there. With some innovative, collaborative and strategic thinking, there is real potential to develop an integrated vision and strategy for our city as a vibrant, global centre for arts, culture and design. We have invited interested members to submit ideas to feed into our creative industries advocacy agenda and our arts and culture roundtable will reconvene on Wednesday 3 August to start pinpointing what is needed to profile Melbourne as a world-class cultural destination. Andrew Abbott, Deputy Secretary for Creative Victoria will join us to discuss Victoria’s First Creative Industries Strategy, Creative State – Victoria’s first creative industries strategy 2016-2020.

Committee for Melbourne Leading Thinker series

The Committee’s Leading Thinker series gives you the chance to hear from speakers who provide new and/or thought-provoking insights into current and long-term issues of importance to the Committee’s agenda for Melbourne, with a particular focus on the ‘future economy' and how our city can engage even more deeply with the world as a major city in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.
We have an exciting line up of speakers for 2016 starting with Andrew Jaspan on 13 July and followed by Ian Harper (23 August), Linda Kristjanson (16 September), John Wylie (5 October), Geoff Culbert (24 October) and Jennifer Westacott (29 November).
In keeping with recent feedback that smaller number of attendees maximise the opportunity to exchange ideas, this series will follow a limited capacity roundtable format. Therefore, Foundation members are entitled to two RSVPs across the entire series, not per speaker. Corporate and Not-for-profit members are entitled to one RSVP across the entire series, not per speaker. RSVP for the Leading Thinker series.

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