Committee Communiqué

#Voteforthefuture: Our State Election priorities

Coinciding with the commencement of the caretaker period ahead of the Victorian State Election on 24 November, Committee for Melbourne published its statement of priorities for the new Victorian Government last week.  

Our 2018 policy priorities outline a vision for the future, addressing the rapid pace of change we are experiencing in Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. 

We believe that building on Victoria’s capabilities is a good place to start. This must be supported by a long-term plan for managing population growth and pressure on our housing and transport infrastructure through an integrated densification, housing and transport strategy and place-making to support Melbourne’s prized liveability in a highly competitive world.    

A future Victorian Government should:
Proactively prepare Melbourne and Victoria for success in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Take an integrated, metropolitan-wide approach to tackling the challenges of Australia’s fastest growing city to narrow the growing gap between the 'haves and the have-nots'.
How the next Victorian Government approaches these challenges and opportunities over the next ten years will help decide Melbourne’s, Victoria’s and Australia’s future.

Read our priorities. 

Here is a snapshot of what our members think are priorities for Melbourne:

Marvellous Melbourne is at a tipping point

Last week, our Melbourne Beyond 5 Million Working Group completed a review of our 2010 blockbuster report 'Melbourne Beyond 5 Million'.  

After taking 168 years to reach four million people, our population has grown by one million in just ten years. This highlights the urgent need to keep pace with our growth. In fact, the Committee for Melbourne’s concerns about how we can manage accelerated population growth eight years ago are now widely voiced by the community. These are:

  • congestion
  • urban sprawl
  • affordability issues
  • social issues

With Melbourne having now reached a population of 5 million ahead of all predictions, losing our 'Most Liveable City' mantle and facing elections both state and federal, we are calling for the incoming government to take a 'One Melbourne' paradigm to guide our future. 

For a ‘One Melbourne’ paradigm to be successful we must:

Introduce Metropolitan-wide management such as a Greater Melbourne Commission
Develop an integrated 50-year public transport blueprint 
Have sustained investment in infrastructure 
Ensure an equitable, reliable and sustainable energy future for residents, business and industry 
Deliver affordable living solutions that go beyond affordable housing
Create a meaningful polycentric city, with Melbourne as the global centre of excellence in liveable density.

Melbourne is an attractive city where people want to live, visit and do business. However, our growth could be threatening our prosperity and liveability. While much has been done to plan for a bigger city and to invest in infrastructure, we are not keeping up. 

We have a unique opportunity to shape the city’s future by pressing government to take a ‘One Melbourne’ approach to future-proof our city.

Find out more about about our Melbourne Beyond 5 Million review and our 'One Melbourne' paradigm.

Melbourne: National Park City

When the term 'national park' is mentioned, most people conjure up images of wild natural landscapes protected from urban development. These are images far removed from the reality of our everyday lives working in Melbourne. Yet, what if Melbourne itself could become a National Park City?     

With the support of local councillors, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and members of the London Assembly, a small cohort of campaigners succeeded in their ambitious goal of having London recognised as the world’s first National Park City; set to be announced in 2019!

Founder of the initiative, Daniel Raven-Ellison, was in Melbourne to share his story at the International Parks and Leisure Congress and a Committee for Melbourne satellite event hosted by Foundation member, Urbis.

Daniel discussed how his team garnered community and political support, the societal and economic benefits of becoming a National Park City, and how Greater Melbourne can build on its natural attributes to achieve such status.

Leading Thinker: Daniel Raven-Ellison

His presentation elicited a lively and passionate discussion among participants about Melbourne’s relationship with nature, the need to fundamentally re-imagine the city’s development, and the merits of aiming to become the world’s second National Park City.  

Neil McCarthy, CEO, World Parks Congress; Craig Becconsall, Director, Urbis; Leading Thinker Daniel Raven-Ellison; Clive Dwyer, Director of Engagement, Committee for Melbourne 

Reimagining Melbourne Airport

Last month, Committee for Melbourne attended the Melbourne Airport stakeholder briefing and heard the exciting news about the third runway development program, the renovations of Terminals 2 and 3 and the opening of the Melbourne Private Jet Base, spearheaded by leading businessman Paul Little – all adding to our city's aviation offering.

There was also universal support of the proposed airport link and its importance, not only for airport users and freight but the growing population in the North.

To listen to Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi's full report click here. 

Congratulations to the team on the amazing new development and the fantastic restoration of this 1938 DC3, sponsored by Paul Little, an important part of Melbourne’s aviation history .


The changing face of the modern workforce

It is expected that by 2025 three quarters of the Australian workforce will be made up of the Millennial generation; individuals born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s.

On 24 October, Director of Generational Dynamics at Incorp, Alicia Stephenson, addressed members on how organisations should approach their management practices given Millennials' outlook on the workforce.

L to R: Martine Letts, CEO, Committee for Melbourne; Dr Clare Manson, Senior Social Researcher, CSIRO; David Raftery, Director of Operations, Environment and Spatial; Jacobs and Leading Thinker Alicia Stephenson

Alicia pointed out management practices will be vital to retain talent because, as confirmed by the results of a recent survey, Millennials are most likely to leave a job because of a single individual – usually a Manager. The survey also suggested increased salaries are unlikely to change a Millennial’s decision to leave an organisation.

'Liquidity' was highlighted as a defining feature of Millennials' involved in the workforce – the average tenure for a millennial is 27 months. As such, organisations should structure a position to allow for turnover and ensure goodbyes are always amicable because high performing Millennials are likely to return to a positive workplace. Short tenures also mean Millennials expect reward, either monetary or otherwise, to be offered within the first year of employment. 
For the second part of the evening, CSIRO's Clare Manson and Jacobs' David Raftery, joined Alicia on a panel. David and Clare reaffirmed the necessity to create a flexible working environment and a positive culture to engage Millennials in the modern workforce.

A question from the floor challenged how a team can still function if special consideration is given to certain groups in what is usually a multi-generational workplace. Tensions do arise, for example, when experience and seniority are not seen to be valued. The panel argued that a successful organisational culture is flexible, where organisational change is seen as a positive shift to get the most from a workforce.  

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What's on our radar

Members of Mirvac Victoria’s design team have won an innovative ideas contest by the Urban Land Institute to liven up the area bound by La Trobe, William, Bourke and Spencer streets. Called Reflective Lane, the concept is a public arts program which focuses on laneways to help rejuvenate the area. The article also highlights our call to become a dynamic polycentric city, with Melbourne as the global centre of excellence in liveable density.

According to the Ticket Attendance and Revenue Report Melbourne had an increase of 45.3 per cent in revenue and 35.6 per cent increase in attendance to live events. The results make Victoria’s live performance industry the largest in Australia. Committee for Melbourne is proud to work with the creative sector in Melbourne through the Arts and Culture Taskforce to help ensure Melbourne’s live performance industry continues to prosper.

The good news is...

New 24-hour vending machine dispenses clothing and blankets to the homeless for free - A new vending machine in Muncie, Indiana offers free cold weather necessities – all donated by local residents – to homeless members of the community. The 200 homeless people living in Muncie can access the supplies in the vending machine for free by registering with local community services to be provided with their vending machine tokens.

Our vision for Melbourne:

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