Committee Communiqué

7th Edition

From the CEO


On 9 April our Chairman Scott Tanner wrote to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition with a summary of Committee for Melbourne’s policy priorities for the 2019 Federal Election  which outlined the Committee’s vision for the future and how to address the rapid pace of change we are experiencing.     

The submission drew on the survey we conducted with our members last year, as well as the “Melbourne 4.0” agenda, which have been the catalyst for our 12 task forces and discussion forums.  Many of these priorities and associated initiatives require the involvement and support of the Commonwealth Government to bring them into effect.   

We called on the next Federal Government to commit to proactively prepare Australia for success in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.   We said that the Federal Government’s approach to these challenges and how it chooses to guide our nation to respond to the resulting opportunities would have significant economic and social implications for future generations.    

We invited the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to respond to our policy priorities, and to help us pursue them during the election period and beyond.   

We look forward to the opportunity of sharing their responses with you in a future publication.  

For our members: please make sure you complete our next membership survey, which will be sent to you tomorrow, to set our forward agenda for shaping Melbourne’s future.

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The Committee is currently seeking a Director of Policy and Research to undertake high-level public policy research work on behalf of the Committee.  The Director will work with Melbourne’s community and industry leaders to engage in rigorous debate and share ideas and strategies for future growth and development.    

We invite members to contribute any network referrals to Kate Wheeler of Fisher Leadership who is supporting The Committee with the process. Kate can be contacted on 03 9016 6000 or via kwheeler@fisherleadership.com 

On 30 April 2019, the Not-for-Profit (NFP) TaskforceSteering Committee met at the headquarters of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF), one of Australia’s leading philanthropic organisations.  

Taskforce chair and CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victoria), Scott Chapman, reiterated the importance of the Committee’s work in helping strengthen the sector, which plays a critical role in enhancing the social and economic fabric of our community.   

The Steering Committee has laid the groundwork for some key initiatives which will begin to take shape in 2019 and beyond. They include the ‘May Make a Difference’ campaign, which will launch in 2020, as well as the exploration of a nimble funding mechanism for small NFP organisations.

Left Picture: Scott Chapman, CEO, Royal Flying Doctor Service with 
Dr. Cathrine Brown, CEO, Lord Mayor Charity Foundation

Right Picture: Brett Van Duppen, Policy and Research Officer, Committee for Melbourne with Amanda Barker, Corporate Responsibility Manager, VicSuper

Furthermore, the Steering Committee is committed to tackling some deep, structural issues impacting on the NFP sector. The Committee Secretariat is meeting with all NFP members, and key stakeholders, to understand the long-term structural issues they would like to see addressed, with appropriate action to follow.   

For more information about the NFP Taskforce, please contact the Committee at 9650 8800 or cfm@melbourne.org.au 


Annual Dinner | ShineWing Australia


Annual Dinner Update – Thinking Big just got bigger! 
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 6:30 pm  
Goldfields Room, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 

We are pleased to announce Committee for Melbourne’s loyal sponsor ShineWing Australiaonboard again for the 2019 Annual Dinner as our Master of Ceremonies Event Partner.

ShineWing Australia’s ongoing support is very much appreciated.  

For more information on ShineWing Australia, please contact Amanda Lee Head of Business Development and Marketing.

Click here for full list of sponsors 


It's the biggest thing you've never heard about...


Committee for Melbourne is a proud presenting partner of World Skills Australia and Department of the Future as they embark on a campaign for change. 

The campaign, comprising a feature documentary, earmarked for cinematic and broadcast release in early 2020, centres on the journey of selected young persons as they vie to represent Australia in their chosen skills field at the WorldSkills International Competition. 

 “We celebrate sporting personalities and celebrities. It’s time to celebrate our everyday heroes, our skilled workforce and tradies! To celebrate them as everyday heroes!”, says Ivan Gomez, Managing and Creative Director at Department of the Future. 

The project will evoke a change in mindset within not only young persons but also the greater community about alternate career paths at the crux point of choosing higher education.  

The campaign reiterates the importance and relevance of vocational training and skills enhancement as a means to a fulfilling and successful career path.

Photo provided by World Skills Australia

Watch the hype reel for the campaign: Celebrating Everyday Heroes  

To find out how you can be part of this Campaign for Change, please contact Laura Kerr Melvin 


7 Step Plan | How Melbourne will regain liveable city status


Image provide by Context Photography

Last year, Melbourne lost its title as the world’s most livable city. It was the end of a 7-year winning streak, but we didn’t mourn for long. Melbournians have already started planning and implementing changes to regain our title. In an article published by The Conversation, seven steps were highlighted to not only help Melbourne regain its status, but to also turn us into a more sustainable and healthier world city. Below is the overview of the recommendations: 

Put people at the centre of public spaces  

Increase density and land use mix  

Reduce motorised traffic and move towards public and active transport 

Zero-emissions motorised traffic by 2035 

Increased green space 

Control pollution emissions from other sources 

Improve governance 

Listen to the Committee’s report with 9 News on the topic.   

Read The Conversation’s full article.  


Population Growth | Footpath Kiosks to go


As Melbourne nears its expected growth population of 5 million and in response to overcrowding in the central city, the Transport Council has announced the removal of Melbourne’s footpath kiosks.

The kiosks, installed in the mid-1990s, were a way of activating the city, but with continuing population growth, with 145,000 people a day flooding the city compared with one decade ago, the kiosks are being progressively removed. Two empty kiosks have already gone and another seven will not have their leases renewed in November, changing the CBD’s streetscape forever. As we say goodbye to a part of central Melbourne’s history, kiosks are seeking homes outside the central city, where the Transport Council hopes they will provide public benefits in less densely populated areas. 


Paper Giant | Melbourne Knowledge Week


Curious about how you can foster a more diverse and inclusive workplace? On May 22 Melbourne Knowledge Week is running an interactive workshop together with the Committee, Paper Giant and a selection of leading industry figures.  

To find out more or to register for the workshop, click here.  


New Member: Assemble

We asked Kris Daff, Managing Director of Assemble, why they decided to join the Committee.  

‘One of the keys to Assemble’s approach is to partner with people and organisations that match our values, take on the tough issues and play a role in advancing Melbourne, the great city we call home. The Committee for Melbourne fits this bill and we are looking forward to playing our part in the debates that will shape a better future for Melbourne, particularly as they relate to housing affordability, quality design, community engagement and sustainability’. 


Member News


Trophy Presentations

In recognition for 17 years as a Foundation Member, we awarded PwC a silver trophy for its commitment to Melbourne. PwC is one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, bringing the power of our global network of firms to help Australian businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments assess their performance and improve the way they work. 

Pictured: Peter Konidaris, Partner, PwC Australia and Martine Letts, CEO, Committee for Melbourne


Yarra Valley Water joins forces with international water pioneers and innovators 


Yarra Valley Water has been busy on the international water scene this month, helping to form the World Water Innovation Fund (WWIF) and being inaugurated as a new member of the Leading Utilities of the World (LUOTW) network.

The multi-million-dollar World Water Innovation Fund aims to pool the intellect and resources of some of the world’s most forward-looking water companies to tackle the problem of water scarcity.

Members from Europe, Australia and North and South America have each committed resources and investment to a central fund which will be used to drive innovation and undertake leading research.

“Climate change and population growth have combined to make water scarcity a pressing issue and a significant challenge for the water industry world-wide”, said Yarra Valley Water Managing Director Pat McCafferty. 

“It makes absolute sense to pool our experience and resources to stimulate and share new ways of thinking and initiate trials that would prove difficult for a water company operating alone.”

Examples of technology innovation could include collaborating with leading researchers and manufacturers to develop robotic products that could actively seek, locate and even repair leaks inside pipes – and then standardising them for use across the international water industry.  

Mr McCafferty also presented local Yarra Valley Water innovations to Leading Utilities of the World members, before being admitted to the network at the 2019 Global Water Awards in London.


JLL | Demystifying C3 Enterprise Zoning


The concept of Enterprise precincts is becoming increasingly important in new policy and reforms to planning systems. In Victoria, the new Commercial 3 Enterprise zoning gives preference to new and emerging types of business enterprise, and it aims to reduce the planning ‘red tape’ while also supporting the creation of amenities that make precincts great places to work.  On behalf of JLL, Committee for Melbourne invite you to a panel session which will discuss opportunities and challenges of zoning following networking and drinks on Thursday, May 9 at 4:00 pm at JLL Offices - Level 40, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne.Please register your interest by emailing Madeline Wood by Monday 6 May.Please note, places are limited therefore early expressions of interest are advised. 


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 8 May 

Future Skills Taskforce: Secondary Education: Improving the Learning Experience 

Wednesday 22 May
2019 Annual Dinner

Thursday 17 October
2019 Parliamentary Drinks
(Foundation Members only)

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Member hosting events
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Tuesday 7 May 
Leading Thinker Series: Russel Howcroft

Thursday 9 May
World Skills Australia and Committee for Melbourne Campaign Launch

Wednesday 15 May 2019
Future Work Summit 

Wednesday 22 May 2019
Melbourne Knowledge Week 

Thursday 20 June
Volunteering Victoria 

Wednesday 17 July
Melbourne Planning Summit

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