Committee Communiqué

9th Edition


2019-2020 Victorian Budget

The Andrews Labor Government delivered its 2019-2020 budget, and there were few surprises.  

The government has committed to delivering on its election pledges; maintaining a budget surplus while investing in key transport infrastructure projects, health, education, regional development, and safety.   

The government has made a $27.4 billion commitment on its Suburban Transport Blitz. This includes $15.8 billion of funding towards the North East Link (which it will fully fund), with a further $6.6 billion to remove an additional 25 level crossings. The government is on track to remove 75 crossings by 2025.  

$3.4 billion has been invested in the suburban train network, with those living along the Sunbury, Hurstbridge and Cranbourne lines set to benefit. $163 million has been set aside for new and upgraded trams, while our bike and footpaths will be improved with an additional $45.4 million invested.  



Committee for Melbourne welcomes Morrison Government

Committee for Melbourne wishes to congratulate the Morrison Government on its win at the recent Federal election and looks forward to working with the Government to help shape Melbourne’s future.  

The Committee recognises that the Federal Government has an important role in ensuring Greater Melbourne can implement forward-looking agendas to ensure we remain a prosperous and liveable city. As such, the Committee has worked with successive Federal Governments to highlight the issues which Melbourne, and Australia, will face in the future and prepare for these inevitable external influences. Given the size and economic output of Greater Melbourne, we also recognise what is needed for our city is of utmost importance to Australia more broadly.  

Before the election, the Committee released ‘Vote for the Future’,  which outlined key areas where the Federal Government could help support the growth and development of Greater Melbourne into the future. You can view the Liberal party response to the Committee here.   



Annual Dinner | Thank you for helping us

We certainly aimed high and ‘thought big this year’, with attendee numbers close to 700 from our cross-sectoral membership at our spectacular gala event. Special guests included Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Patron of Committee for Melbourne, The Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp and The Treasurer of Victoria, Mr Tim Pallas MP.




2019 Melbourne Achiever Award Winners Announcement

The Committee for Melbourne’s prestigious 2019 Melbourne Achiever Awards were announced at the Annual Dinner honouring Peter Clemenger AO and The Australian Ballet for their outstanding contribution to Business, Arts and Culture in Melbourne in the presence of Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Committee for Melbourne Patron. 


See our media coverage here. The Award celebrates contributions to Melbourne that will leave a lasting legacy. 

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts applauds Mr Clemenger’s significant innovation in creating a world-renowned agency Clemenger BBDO, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and over 60 consecutive years of philanthropic work. Peter is also a notable patron of the arts, establishing foundations and grants at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian Arts Centre and an Honorary Life Member of The Australian Ballet and Life Patron of the Melbourne Theatre Company. 

Read the full story here


Treasurers Lunch

The annual Committee for Melbourne lunch with The Treasurer of Victoria Mr. Tim Pallas MP will be held on June 21. 

Following the release of the 2019-20 Victorian State Budget on 27 May, Victorian Treasurer Mr Tim Pallas MP, will share his insights at an exclusive Foundation-member only lunch, kindly hosted by member EY.   

The Treasurer shall provide an overview of his fifth budget – “The Victorian Budget 2019/20 delivers on that positive plan (from last year’s budget) while maintaining our strong and steady economic approach.” 


AI Australian Ethics Framework Review | Response

The Committee for Melbourne Artificial Intelligence (AI) taskforce represented our members at two Federal Government / Data61 forums on Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework

The most recent forum held on May 25 explored how AI should be designed, developed and used by business and government in Australia.  

AI holds enormous potential to improve society, but moral and ethical considerations will urgently need to be addressed by both public and private sectors. This will require significant revision of legislative frameworks. 

  • Governance and Ethics is one of the eight work streams currently under review by the Committee’s AI taskforce. 

  • This will also be a topic of discussion at our upcoming AI summit on June 13

Click here for more information on the AI Ethics discussion paper 

Contact us for more information on the Committee’s AI taskforce. 


Palais Theatre Re-Development

Congratulations to Development Victoria’s Palais Theatre redevelopment team which picked up the award for Best Heritage Development at the Property Council of Australia’s recent Innovation and Excellence Awards.  

Project manager Luke Osland accepted the award on behalf of the DV team. 

“It is great recognition for the project team, but also for our clients, the City of Port Phillip and DELWP and all the contractors and consultants. It was a great example of the importance of trust within a wider project team to allow agile decisions to be made to ensure the best possible outcomes can be achieved without any regret spend.” 

See the finished project here 


Taskforce Update | Metropolitan Collaboration


The second Steering Committee was held on Monday 13 May at Minter Ellison.
The Metropolitan Taskforce, Chaired by Cr Bernadene Voss, discussed plans for Greater Melbourne governance models. Potential areas include the integration of transport strategies, utility delivery, and planning coordination. The Committee would greatly appreciate input from its members to help identify key areas where an integrated structure may benefit Greater Melbourne, or if such a structure is required. Please contact us with your ideas, or if you wish to be kept up to date with the Taskforce’s work.  


Smart Mobility Show

On 19 June, the Committee for Melbourne is partnering with the Smart Mobility Show to discuss Integrated Smart Cities and Transport Infrastructure.  

You will hear from Swinburne University's Smart Cities Researcher, Professor Hussein Dia who is a Civil Engineer with three decades of experience in Intelligent Transport Systems and transport modelling. He has worked extensively in academia and has strong collaboration with both the public and private sectors, including strong engagement with industry research. 


Member News


Trophy Presentation

This week we presented Melbourne Water Managing Director, Michael Wandmaker, with a Committee trophy in recognition of its 14 years of membership and commitment to making sure our city continues to thrive whilst adapting to climate change, urbanisation and population growth.  

Melbourne Water manages Melbourne’s water supply catchments, the removal and treatment of most of Melbourne’s sewage, and rivers, creeks and major drainage systems throughout the Port Phillip and Westernport region. Melbourne Water has over 800 employees who work in a range of fields such as civil engineering, environmental science, land management and research. 
Pictured: Michael Wandmakers, Managing Director, Melbourne Water and Scott Tanner, Chair, Committee for Melbourne


JLL | Demystifying C3 Enterprise Zoning

On Thursday 9 May 2019, JLL hosted a session focusing on the introduction of the Victorian State Government of Enterprise Precincts and the new Commercial 3 Zone as the tool to deliver on this initiative. 

Facilitated by David Brown (Head of Strategic Consulting at JLL), attendees listened to the panel of experts as to the why and the how behind this concept. Panel members were: 

  • Mark Woodland – Director, Echelon Planning 

  • Peter Sagar – Executive Director, Inner Melbourne, Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) 

  • Heidi Asten - Partner and Planning Lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills 

“…the ultimate purpose of the physical workplace – in any type of economy – is to support social interaction, which drives the innovation necessary to support a diverse and resilient economy, society and city. 

The increasing fluidity of work – and the increasingly blurred demarcations across business sectors and working districts – means that there are opportunities to create new innovative mixed-use typologies of networked spaces, to reflect the gradual convergence and co-location of working, living, creating and making.  

Ultimately, the workplace of the future will need a new typology of the city.”   

Source: WRK/LDN NAL Insight Study 2016  



From Melbourne Parks to Runways of Paris

On Friday 24 May, Melbourne and Olympic Parks announced that the precinct is aiming to introduce rising Australian fashion designers to the world. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula announced that 10 groups of Honours students from RMIT’s Bachelor of Fashion (Design) are reimagining an entire uniform collection for the precinct’s 1,000 strong workforce, including operations staff, ushers, security and management - “This is a wonderful project that brings together three of the things we love about Melbourne – sport, major events, and fashion. This high-profile project will open doors for up-and-coming designers.” 



TEDXMelbourne | Limitless

This year’s TEDxMelbourne event will explore the concept that anything really is possible. With technology, creativity, collaboration, and resources, it feels like we can achieve anything. So, is there anything we cannot do?  

Hear game-changing insights from the leaders who have committed their lives to explore the unknown at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wednesday 5 June at 6 pm. To find out more or to register, click here.  


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 12 June 
Meet the Minister: The Hon Martin Foley MP

Friday 21 June 
Foundation Member Luncheon; The Treasurer of Victoria, Mr. Tim Pallas MP
(Foundation Members only)

Thursday 17 October
2019 Parliamentary Drinks
(Foundation Members only)

For inquiries regarding the Foundation Member-only events, please contact us. 

Thursday 6 June
The Exchange at Knowledge Market: An Urban Living Lab

Thursday 20 June
Volunteering Victoria 

Wednesday 17 July
Melbourne Planning Summit

Thursday 15 August
The Centre for Educational Enterprise Presents: Learning for Tomorrow Conference

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Member hosting events
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