Committee Communiqué

From the CEO

Future Melbourne campaign-Committee for Melbourne collaboration with the Herald Sun on shaping Melbourne’s future

This month, the Committee took part in the Herald Sun’s ‘Future Melbourne’ campaign which was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our MELBOURNE 4.0 agenda and summary report.  Two of our strategic needs for Melbourne – ‘eastern seaboard collaboration’ and ‘metropolitan collaboration’ – were featured in separate articles in both print and online. (Read: 'Hyperloop technology could make Melbourne to Sydney quicker than plane' and 'Committee for Melbourne calls for review of local government system in Victoria in order to keep pace with rest of world').

Our contribution to the Future Melbourne campaign as well as our MELBOURNE 4.0 agenda was further promoted thanks to a segment on Channel 9 News and an interview with Tom Elliott on 3AW (listen here)

The MELBOURNE 4.0 full report will be available next month on our website. It will explain in greater detail how the workshops, interviews and research led to the four plausible future scenarios for Melbourne in 2030 as well as the identification of the 9 strategic needs.

Open House Melbourne and Melbourne Prize for Sculpture- Committee for Melbourne inspired institutions which have become ornaments to our great city

Open House Melbourne is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – born out of the Future Focus Group program, it is a potent reminder of the passion Melburnians have for their city and the built environment. Open House Melbourne 2017 will take place 29-30 July. The program has just been announced so make sure you visit some of Melbourne’s most inspiring buildings.

Another FFG initiative, the Melbourne Prize Trust, has recently announced the finalists for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture. Founded by FFG alumnus Simon Warrender, the Melbourne Prize is one of the most valuable art prizes in Australia. Operating in a three year cycle (Urban Sculpture, Literature and Music), it has awarded over $1million to Victorian artists.  Make sure you cast your vote for the Civic Choice Award 2017. 

Happy reading!

Leading Thinker Robert Doyle

Lord Mayor of Melbourne The Right Hon. Robert Doyle AC spoke to Committee for Melbourne members at a recent Leading Thinker series event sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne addressing Committee for Melbourne members 

During his engaging presentation, the Lord Mayor addressed the importance of planning very carefully for our growth if we are going to be a city of eight million and remain liveable. He neatly summed up is thinking up by noting that for him planning should be people-centric and backed by data. 

He highlighted that the biggest question we face today is disruption. Whether it be because of major city-changing projects like the Melbourne Metro or terrorism events, he suggested we look to other cities for best practice advice and solutions and keep people's safety front of mind.

Finally, while he noted that the City of Melbourne's 38 km² is the job generator of the entire state, and well ahead of the rest of the city and Victoria, he was very conscious of the societal issues this can create. One of these is the difficult question of homelessness. The Lord Mayor was adamant that the solution in offering the homeless a pathway out of homelessness lies in addressing its root causes, such as mental health issues and drug and alcohol dependence.

Leading Thinker: John Batten

Arcadis Global Cities Director John Batten, a globally recognised expert in in environmental science and public health, addressed Committee for Melbourne members at a recent Leading Thinker series event, kindly hosted by Arcadis and event partner Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.

Arcadis Global Cities Director John Batten

Visiting from New York, he called attention to how leading cities are redefining risk and using risk-based planning to:
•    Promote resilience for competitive advantage and liveability
•    Engage the community through public workshops 
•    Find answers to potential disruptions
•    Prioritise investment for smart development 
•    Build resilient and liveable destinations

In his absorbing address, Mr Batten also shared his expertise on building climate resilient cities and the lessons learned from New York post Hurricane Sandy.

These insights are highly relevant to the nine strategic needs, outlined in the MELBOURNE 4.0 summary report, that will be addressed through a series of taskforces.

Port Melbourne supply chain tour

The small and medium sized business community plays an important role in economic development, business growth and investment. In recognition of this, Committee for Melbourne and Foundation Member Port of Melbourne invite all business owners to attend the Port of Melbourne Supply Chain Tour on 23 August 2017.

This event, part of the Small Business Festival Victoria, will provide a first-hand look at the Port of Melbourne through an interactive boat tour including a briefing on the port's operations and the broader trade, import and export supply chain. It will be a fantastic opportunity for business owners to:

  • Engage with the Port of Melbourne

  • Learn about sea freight supply chain operations

  • Gain a greater understanding of managing freight cost to enhance business competitiveness

Port of Melbourne Supply Chain Tour
23 August 2017
$33 per person
Registration via Eventbrite 
Please note this is an external event hosted and run by Port of Melbourne in conjunction with Small Business Festival Victoria. Feel free to share among your networks.

BCG arts report

Commissioned by the Victorian Government, the Boston Consulting Group's Melbourne as a Global Cultural Destination report examines the city’s cultural strengths to find out how Melbourne compares to other cities in Australia and globally.

While Melbourne is ranked the top cultural destination in the country, third in the Asia Pacific and twelfth in the world for arts and culture, its position is being challenged. 

Five strategic priorities have been recommended to increase Melbourne's position, particularly that of increasing consumer awareness of Melbourne, through an articulated promotional plan that provides an overarching cultural guide for tourists:

1. Make culture a key part of the Melbourne proposition
2. Protect existing infrastructure
3. Optimise the current offer
4. Expand our offer
5. Enhance governance

The strategic priorities align with the Committee’s Arts and Culture Roundtable collaborative agenda for advancing Melbourne’s cultural profile, both locally and globally.  

Future Focus Group mega workshop

Hosted by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), the inaugural Future Focus Group (FFG) mega workshop brought together participants from both current cohorts. WEHI Director and FFG alumnus Professor Doug Hilton, hosted the workshop and provided attendees with a wonderful overview of his organisation, particularly its primary research focus on cancer, immune disorders and infectious diseases and WEHI’s strong diversity focus.

L to R: FFG participant and MC Tim O'Loan from AECOM (standing); Founder and Director MedCorp Technologies, Jacqui Savage; Director of WEHI Professor Doug Hilton; FFG General Manager Matt Gaffney

Founder and CEO of MedCorp Technologies and newly appointed Committee for Melbourne Board Director Jacqui Savage, was an inspirational guest speaker. She highlighted key trends and areas of innovation we are seeing in Melbourne in digital health with a big emphasis on streamlining diagnosis and reporting to reduce burden on global healthcare facilities.

Member achievements

RACV General Manager Brian Negus
We congratulate Brian Negus from Corporate Member RACV on his induction as an Ambassador into Club Melbourne. As one of five highly influential Melburnians, Brian joins Victoria’s elite Club Melbourne Ambassador Program that positions Melbourne as Australia’s premiere international convention and exhibition destination. Owned and led by Foundation Member MCEC, since 2005 Club Melbourne has delivered an economic impact to our city worth more than $700 million.

Brian Negus, second from right

VicHealth Active Club Grants 
We commend our 2017 Melbourne Achiever Award winner VicHealth on its Active Club Grants worth $500,000 to encourage more Victorians to get physically active. With this funding, grassroots sports clubs across Victoria can offer a range of accessible sports programs for women and girls, and for people from disadvantaged communities. Read more

What's on our radar

Victoria regional rail to get $1.6b injection - Victoria is favourably placed to receive a funding boost of $1.62 billion for its ageing regional rail network. Victoria will put $150 million towards the $1.6 billion package with the Federal funding offer to Premier Daniel Andrews ending the stalemate over rail network funding.
Importantly, $30 million is being provided to develop a business case for the building of a rail link to Melbourne airport with the PM noting that "all civilised cities should have a train to an international airport”. We can only agree!

City of Melbourne releases Startup Action Plan - The City of Melbourne will seek to bolster Melbourne’s startup ecosystem through increased collaboration, funding and access to resources, according to the the draft Startup Action Plan. Drawing on input from more than 400 startups and stakeholders, the blueprint contains a series of recommendations aimed at supporting Melbourne’s startups to “start, grow and go global” over the next four years.

Our vision for Melbourne:

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