04/05/17

Committee Communiqué

T - 7 untill the Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner is only a week away! Once again we will come together in an iconic building - the Melbourne Museum - and will have the privilege of dining in its Touring Hall, home of many major exhibitions from around the world.

This year, we will immerse ourselves in the future as we launch our MELBOURNE 4.0 report which will highlight what is needed to ensure our city is still thriving in 2030.

Visiting from San Francisco, our international guest speaker will be PwC Australia's Partner in Digital Services, Chris Vein. A former White House Deputy U.S Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation, Chris has had the honour of serving four US Presidents. He has worked for many leading organisations, such as the World Bank, where he has used his passion for science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to solve some of the biggest challenges facing humankind. 

Celebrating Melbourne Underground at our 2016 Annual Dinner 
 

We are almost at capacity and only a few more tickets are available. Email us to secure your spot at one of Melbourne's premier business events.

Victorian Budget 2017-2018

Committee for Melbourne was invited to participate in the Victorian State Budget lock up on Tuesday morning, for a confidential briefing from the Minister for Finance and Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, prior to the Budget being tabled in Parliament. 

The Committee welcomes the Victorian Government's commitment to providing for safer communities and a more secure Victoria. Nevertheless, we emphasise that this must complement investment in sound urban planning which is key to alleviating the strains on communities from increasing spatial inequality, as Greater Melbourne tries to manage the pressures of growth. 

The Committee welcomes the following key measures:

  • Developing Victoria’s regions and better connecting them to our vibrant city. 

  • The roads and public transport measures for the metropolitan area, helping it become more efficient and less congested. 

  • Bringing forward the increase in the payroll tax threshold by a year.

  • Funding for the arts despite a noted reduction in level of funding from the previous budget towards the creative arts. We do believe that much more is needed to consolidate Melbourne as a globally recognised arts, cultural and design destination.

  • Funding increases to Visit Victoria to capitalise on the potential of the expanding visitor economy.

The Committee for Melbourne has prepared a summary of the 2017-2018 Victorian Budget for our members as it relates to our four policy pillars of future economy, infrastructure, urban optimisation and liveability

Read our Victorian Budget briefing note.

Airport rail link: final call!

Since November 2016, the Committee for Melbourne has been actively campaigning for a rail link to Melbourne Airport. Read more.

We are pleased to note that on 30 April, the Government announced it will use $10 million of the money it is owed through the Asset Recycling Initiative to develop a new airport rail plan in partnership with the private sector.  Find out more.

The world’s leading cities have high quality direct public transport links to their airports. For Melbourne to retain its position as a city of international significance we must take action. 

In the Media

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts was recently interviewed by The Australian for an article on urban congestion, 'Better cities: Myths surrounding great urban choke'.

Martine stressed that a congestion tax can play an important role in alleviating traffic congestion. However, the tax must be seen to be fair by the community. Her comments complemented findings in a recent Committee for Sydney report which concludes that wider and more roads leads to more cars and more congestion - build it and they will come! 

Committee for Melbourne has long held the view that a city simply cannot build its way out of congestion. 

Read another article from The Australian featuring Martine Letts.

Member achievements

Missing photo - MCEC-Group-Shot-MEA-National-Awards 

We warmly congratulate our long-standing Foundation Member (1995), Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), for its top venue award at the Meetings and Events Australia Awards for industry excellence.

Being named Australia’s best meeting venue was a proud achievement of MCEC’s Operations Manager, Darren Southurst, who himself received the award for Australia’s most outstanding ‘Operations Person of the Year’ for excellence in event operations and delivery.  

MCEC’s role in supporting Melbourne’s reputation as a global destination of choice for business and visitors is critical for our city’s economy and visitability. 

What's on our radar

Telstra throws its lab open to the public – One of our long-standing Foundation Members (2008), Telstra, has opened its innovation labs to the Public. Anyone from university students, to start-ups, to multinational companies can access Telstra’s innovation labs. This is an opportunity to anyone with an IoT idea to work with Telstra employees to test and prototype solutions. 

Victoria sheds its rust bucket reputation – According to Tim Burton of The Mandarin, “The 2017-18 State Budget papers reveal a remarkable turnaround in prospects, with economic growth, surging jobs and population underpinned by the housing boom, but also a major transformation towards a service and technology-driven economy.”

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