Committee Communiqué

Edition 21

From the CEO

As we send this edition of Communique to you, we are holding our 33rd AGM, generously hosted by NAB at its Docklands offices. 

We will be reflecting on the Committee’s work this year and looking forward to 2020, which will mark the third year of our ambitious Melbourne 4.0 program and the 9 strategic needs we identified Melbourne needed to focus on to successfully navigate the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and major geopolitical shifts we are experiencing. 

Keep an eye out for our “AGM 2019: Year in Review” Brochure which provides the latest update on what we have been able to deliver this year-with your support-via our events, forums, submissions and publications over 2019. We will be mailing this brochure to members and stakeholders shortly and you will be able to access it via our website.  

The AGM is also an opportunity to thank our members for their support and contributions.  We can’t say it often enough-without your support and active involvement, the Committee would not be able to deliver on its ambitious agenda to shape Melbourne’s future.   

Understanding Australia through a Melbourne lens 

I would like to draw your attention to the fabulous end of year event we are co-hosting with IPSOS on 5 December at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge from 5.00-7.00 for the launch of IPSOS’s “Understanding Australia 2019” report.  

The launch event will explore the findings through a Melbourne lens with a panel of leading thinkers on what these findings mean for Melbourne’s business, government and citizens. 

We have seats reserved for Committee for Melbourne members. Please join us and bring a colleague, the panel session will be followed by networking drinks, a fitting way to end the year.

You can contact our Events Staff here





It's Official | Melbourne is Australia's Most Innovative City

Melbourne was today named as Australia’s most innovative city, leapfrogging Sydney to claim 11th place overall in the annual 2thinknow Innovation Cities Global Index. 

Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula welcomed the release of the index, now in its 12th year, which ranked 500 cities across the world. 

Melbourne jumped from 16th place in 2018 to its new position just outside the world’s top 10, strengthening Victoria’s reputation as a leading tech hub in the Asia-Pacific. 

Melbourne’s growing reputation is built on a blooming start-up ecosystem, vibrant creative industries and world-leading enterprise in fields ranging from medtech and pharma to advanced manufacturing, foods, fibre and sport. 

The Victorian Government’s startup agency LaunchVic has played an important role in Melbourne’s tech boom, supporting and funding early-stage startups and scaleups which have contributed to significant expansion in the innovation ecosystem. 

Local Government Bill Passed

On 12 November 2019 the Parliament of Victoria put in progress the Victorian Local Government Act 2019. This Act replaces the Local Government Act 1989 (other than rating conditions, which are still under review). 

Committee for Melbourne made a submission to a review of the Act. Two key recommendations of the Committee were: 

  • To avoid mandating single member wards 

  • To allow for joint council meetings and greater opportunities for collaboration 

The Local Government Act review has reflected both recommendations.  


Libraries Change Lives

Everyone is welcome at public libraries. They are the universal service that allows people to be themselves. In this digital age, they are the last revolving door in the community that does not charge a fee.  

Public Libraries Victoria attracted more than 30 million visits in 2017 – 18, and that number is growing.  

They are the biggest membership-based organisation in Victoria – More than 2 million Victorians have a library card. In this sense they demonstrate how Metropolitan Collaboration can be achieved, working collectively across municipal boundaries.  


New Member | RobertsDay

We asked RobertsDay, Principal, Cameron Dash, why they decided to join the Committee, “RobertsDay is Australia’s leading integrated planning, design and placemaking practice with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra. We're passionate about place. With 25 years of experience, clients across Australia and globally engage us to help them create special places with a clear market edge.  Projects that range from complex infill sites to the masterplanning of contemporary communities of the future. The common thread running through all our projects is our ability to transform our client’s initial vision into commercially successful and celebrated places. 

For us, this is the true measure of a project’s success. And it’s one we consistently achieve using our Great Places Process and our integrated place, planning, and design services. 

No matter their size or location, great places tell stories about us – our history, community, culture and humanity. Big picture narratives and the small but essential details that give each place its singular, captivating quality. Stories that aren’t set in stone, but are alive and evolving, stimulating our senses, inciting our curiosity. 

At RobertsDay, creating places like these is our passion. We look forward discussing creating great places with the Committee for Melbourne.” 


Member News

600th Issue of The Big Issue

Big Issue is celebrating the 600th edition of its street magazine with a special commemorative issue, launching this Friday. 

The edition will feature a special retrospective of vendor profiles and stories, as well as an interview with cover stars Cold Chisel ahead of their summer tour. 

The magazine is part of Australia’s largest social enterprise, committed to positively impacting those who face homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage. 

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Future Focus Group | Governor's Reception

The Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC generously hosted a late afternoon Reception in the Governor’s Drawing Room for participants in the Future Focus Group 2018-2019 Program.  This Reception was followed by a guided tour of Government House, including some interesting Urban Myths told. 


End of Year Event

For the first time ever, Australians selected "The Environment" as one of the top three issues facing the nation. Data informing this video was drawn from the Ipsos Issues Monitor - Australia's longest running ongoing survey of community concerns.  

We cordially invite you to join us at our End of Year Event with Ipsos, followed by End of Year Networking Drinks, to register please click here.  


Urbis | Shaping Spaces

People don't choose developments and projects when it comes to where they live, work or relax. They chose places.  

Place isn’t a building, transport grid or branding strategy. It’s not a tick-the-box requirement. And it doesn’t come with a guarantee. But with the right approach and decisive metrics in position from the start – it becomes easier to create and measure the value of a successful place.  

Creating people-focused places for Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region is our opportunity to help build a better future: to meet growing populations, new workforce trends, shifting economics and ever-evolving family and lifestyle routines.  

Urbis’ new publication, ‘Shaping Spaces for People: Measuring the Value of Place’ explores how here


What's on our Radar

Recap of the Asian Executive Gala

Committee for Melbourne was a proud supporting partner of the 2019 Asian Executive Spring Racing Charity Gala held at Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex. The annual event welcomed 750 people to the room for a fabulous evening of corporate networking and entertainment including the formal presentation of the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Trophy by Mrs Amanda Elliott, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club followed by our double-act tribute to the music of the eighties.   


Melbourne Prize for Music 2019


Deborah Cheetham AO wins $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2019  

The winners of the esteemed Melbourne Prize for Music 2019 and Awards were announced last night at a special awards ceremony.   

Acclaimed Indigenous soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera Deborah Cheetham AO was awarded the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2019 for being an outstanding Victorian musician whose work demonstrates exceptional musicianship, skill and creativity. The 2019 Melbourne Prize is supported by major patron The Vera Moore Foundation. 

For more information on the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Music, please click here.  
Photos by: Leisa Hunt Photography

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