Committee Communiqué

Melbourne 4.0 update

The outcomes of the third and final MELBOURNE 4.0 workshop held at PwC on 14 February are now being collated. The workshop was presented with four plausible scenarios for Melbourne’s future based on two major change drivers: the continued shift of economic and geo-political power from the Northern Hemisphere to Asia, and the impact of more disruptive technologies and innovative advancements, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Workshop participants from 30 members organisations helped identify the key challenges and strategic options for Melbourne’s economic future for each of the four scenarios. These are now being tested further by policy and industry experts. In the meantime, we are continuing to collect input from Taskforce members and other key stakeholders.

The strategies and policy priorities the Committee will recommend to ensure a prosperous future in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be outlined in the MELBOURNE 4.0 report.

The report will be launched at our 2017 Annual Dinner on Thursday 11 May at the Melbourne Museum. Read more about MELBOURNE 4.0

Equal Crossings Initiative

Traffic lights with female symbols were recently installed at the busy intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

The Equal Crossings Initiative, which aims to promote gender equality by reducing unconscious bias in a highly visible way, is a project devised by one of the 2016-17 Future Focus Group project groups. While female symbol traffic lights exist in some other countries like Germany, New Zealand and Sweden, this is the first time for Victoria and for Australia.

While the initiative has already become a hot talking point, it has received widespread support from the business sector as well as our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

Melbourne Achiever Award

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Melbourne Achiever Award!

Since 1993 the Committee for Melbourne has recognised the outstanding achievements of both individuals and organisations by awarding them with the Melbourne Achiever Award. The Award acknowledges and celebrates significant and sustained contributions to our city that will leave a lasting legacy.

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Director Tony Ellwood accepting the 2016 Melbourne Achiever Award on behalf of the NGV.

Committee for Melbourne members can submit nominations by COB Thursday 23 March via email to cfm@melbourne.org.au. This year's recipient, which will be selected by the Committee’s Board of Directors, will be presented with the Award at our Annual Dinner at the Melbourne Museum and will be our special guest for the evening. 

Infrastructure Victoria

Infrastructure Victoria (IV) has released a discussion paper and technical reports that form the evidence base for IV’s advice on the timing and location of a second container port. The purpose is to provide advice to government on the preferred sequencing, timing and location of investment in future Victorian commercial port capacity.

An IV-led community drop-in session will take place on 21 March, 4 - 8pm, at the Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane. Submissions are due by Monday 3 April. Read the discussion paper and technical reports

#GlobalCityHack Weekend

Many creative initiatives were pitched by STEM students taking part in Monash University’s #GlobalCityHack event, a hacking weekend proudly supported by the Committee for Melbourne and designed to create the sustainable cities of the future.

While each initiative pitched had its merit, the expert panel of judges, including the Committee CEO Martine Letts, concluded that the winning entry would be 'Edicut', an initiative designed to replace plastic cutlery with a nutritious and edible alternative. Given the amount of waste on a global scale, as well as favorable production costs and techniques, the judges were comfortable with rewarding them with the first prize.

'Committees for'

Committees for Victoria

Earlier this week, Committee for Melbourne hosted a 'Committees for Victoria' meeting at Milton House.

This network brings together all the 'Committees for' in Victoria and provides an outstanding forum for exchange of information. Common agendas for promoting our cities and regions as centres of prosperity and liveability as well as dealing with social inclusion challenges such as homelessness were discussed.

This year, participants included CEOs of the Committee for Ballarat, Gippsland, Portland, Shepparton and Echuca-Moama.

2017 Committees for Victoria representatives

The Victorian Planning Authority's (VPA) Director of Partnerships and Communication, Rachel Dapiran was welcomed for an informal discussion on how the VPA works with cities and regions in Victoria on planning assistance and infrastructure development.

Committees for Cities and Regions

Committee for Melbourne CEO will participate in a two-day meeting of the Committees for Cities and Regions hosted by the Committee for Sydney in Parramatta from 26 to 28 March. Some of the items on the agenda include:

  • A session on district planning by the Greater Sydney Commission introduced by Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull AO
  • A presentation on a new vision for Sydney’s Central City Strategy by City of Parramatta CEO, Greg Dyer
  • A discussion on 'Cities policy: A national perspective'

Similar to the Committees for Victoria network, a major strength of the Committees for Cities and Regions network is the exchange of information between sister organisations in Australia and New Zealand.  

Cities 4.0 Summit

Renato De Castro, a smart city senior consultant with more than 20 years of experience and specialisation in investment attraction and management for smart cities projects, will be speaking at the Cities 4.0 Summit in Melbourne later this month.

His session will address:

  • Four disruptive smart cities predictions that will change the way you think
  • The role of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IoT) in transforming cities
  • Artificial Intelligence and citizens
  • How smart cities will ‘conspire’ to make life better

Renato joins Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts, and urban thinkers and innovators such as:

  • Adam Scott, Founder and Creative Director, FreeState UK
  • Georgia Beattie, Chief Executive Officer, Startup Victoria
  • Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Melbourne
  • Rachel Smith, Founder, City Planning for Modern Lifestyle and Innovative Cycling Advocate
  • Jacob Lindsay, Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member, Creative Suburbs

Find out more.

Committee Communique readers receive a 10% discount on registrations. Use promotional code CFM_10 when booking.

What's on

Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation's 2017 Vic Ride

From 11 to 17 March 2017, business executives from Melbourne, including representatives from Committee for Melbourne member PwC, will be cycling nearly 1,000km from Sydney to Brisbane to raise much-needed funds that will save and brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

The aim is to raise in excess of $1,000,000 to fund:

  • The Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Starlight Express Room at the Monash Children’s Hospital
  • State-of-the-art upgrades to the Very Special Kids Hospice to provide for kids with life-threatening illnesses and their families. 

In an effort to raise even more funds, the PwC team is running a Maldives Raffle: buy a ticket NOW (only 500 tickets are available). You can also donate to PwC Partner Dave Earl's rider page here.

For members

Friday 21 April 2017 
Arts and Culture Roundtable

Thursday 11 May 2017
2017 Annual Dinner at the Melbourne Museum 


16-26 March 2017
Open House Melbourne: Melbourne Design Week: Open state by open house

22-23 March 2017
Cities 4.0 Summit

31 March - 9 April  
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 


Committee for Melbourne member organisations can promote their company announcements, news, media coverage and events on the Committee for Melbourne website and social media. You can simply email any relevant items to Sophie at sbigaignon@melbourne.org.au or call on (03) 9667 8160.

Our vision for Melbourne:

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