From the CEO
Why Melbourne's Free Tram Zone must be extended
Following the last State election in 2014, the Andrews Government delivered on its promise to create the Free Tram Zone in the CBD, first proposed by the Committee for Melbourne in 2009.
Ahead of the 24 November election, I repeated our call for the incoming government to extend the Free Tram Zone by five stops to include our iconic 'Brand Melbourne' sites. The Arts Precinct, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Melbourne Museum and Melbourne and Olympic Parks lie just outside the zone, so visitors must either get off the tram one stop earlier or buy a Myki card to travel for a single stop.
This makes no sense for a city which prides itself as Australia’s tourism, sporting and cultural capital, offering the best visitor experience.
Committee for Cities and Regions latest meeting in Adelaide
The power of the Committee for Cities and Regions network is to advocate for policies which will help our cities and regions thrive in an era of great technological and economic change. At our meeting this week in Adelaide, the challenge of sourcing a skilled workforce across the economy was a focal point. The federal skilled migration program is especially unhelpful in this respect.
The Committee for Melbourne’s Future Skills Taskforce is preparing a submission to Federal Government on this matter.
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Mates not states
Whether it’s about football codes, or which city can claim the title as Australia’s cultural capital, there are many things Melburnians and Sydneysiders just can’t seem to agree on.
This rivalry was put aside on 16 October when Committee for Melbourne – together with sister Committee, Committee for Sydney – hosted a workshop in Sydney to discuss the critical importance of our two great cities, and the regions in between, working together to ensure we remain globally competitive in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Expertly facilitated by Phuel, participants were asked to:
- envision what an Australian East Coast Megaregion would look like
- contemplate how it might be achieved
- think about why it must be built to secure the future success of our cities, regional centres, and the country more broadly.
The ideas collected at the workshop, in addition to the ideas from the Melbourne-based event late last year, will support the Committee’s advocacy efforts for greater economic, political, and social collaboration along Australia’s east coast.
Future Focus Group: nomination deadline extension
Nomination deadline extension
Nominations are starting to come in for the Future Focus Group Class of 2019-2020 that kicks off with an Induction Weekend in February. A number of member organisations have requested more time to complete their nominations, so the deadline for receipt has been extended from Friday 19 October to Friday 9 November. Confirmation of participants will occur by Friday 23 November, with welcome drinks for confirmed participants taking place on the evening of Tuesday 4 December. Find out more about Future Focus Group.
A Men's Shed in Parkville gets a boost
Good news! you may recall that one of the Future Focus Group Project Teams from the Class of 2017-2018 was applying for State Government funding to establish a Men's Shed in the Parkville Biomedical Precinct. The Project Team was successful in securing funding for the capital build! Thank you to all who voted.
A Men's Shed
Melbourne 4.0 recognised by the World Economic Forum
Two years ago – inspired by the World Economic Forum – the Committee for Melbourne launched the Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce to help us prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is great to see that our work in this important area is recognised as an example for other cities across the globe.
The World Economic Forum recently published our thought leadership article 3 ways Melbourne is planning for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The article highlights the significant uncertainty all of us face when planning for the longer term and how people, connectivity and governance remain key ‘ingredients’ for any successful city, regardless of the changing environment.
As part of our work in this area, on 9 November we will be hosting the World Economic Forum's Head of Society and Innovation, Nicholas Davis, for a lunchtime ‘In Conversation’ event. Nicholas will discuss the urgent and compelling need to update our governance models for the rapid technological developments that are changing our world. To register for this event, follow the link in your member invitation or email us. Seats are limited.
"Greater Dandenong is the first place they call home"
Our Corporate member, City of Greater Dandenong is now officially recognised as Australia’s most culturally diverse community.
Located in Melbourne’s south east, Greater Dandenong is a vibrant and welcoming community with a long and proud history of migration. The most recent Census data revealed the city’s residents come from 157 different birthplaces with more than half born overseas. There are also almost 2000 people seeking asylum who call Greater Dandenong home, the highest of any Victorian municipality.
The City of Greater Dandenong proudly became a Refugee Welcome Zone in 2002 and actively promotes and advocates for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum. It has taken a lead role in mobilising Victorian councils to oppose cuts to the Federal Government’s Status Resolution Support Service anticipating these changes will affect the vast majority of asylum seekers currently living in the community.
“Cuts to the program mean the majority of people seeking asylum who are deemed 'job ready' will be left without any income or case management support. This puts hundreds of families at risk of poverty and will place extra burdens on material aid and emergency relief services”, said Mayor Councillor Youhorn Chea
Greater Dandenong Council invests in programs and services to help support and encourage refugee settlement in Australia and one example of this is the annual, month-long Home Art Exhibition which features the work of refugee and asylum seeker artists.
Image by Zia Atahi, selected artist for Home 2018
Mayor Chea said while the artists are from a refugee or asylum seeker background, the exhibition showcases their art, rather than framing their practice within the bounds of their refugee stories.
“This exhibition celebrates the positive influence refugees continue to have in our community and others”.
Home 2018 is on display at the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre in Dandenong until 24 November. More details.
Metropolitan Collaboration Taskforce Chair announced
Committee for Melbourne would like to welcome Mayor of the City of Port Phillip, Cr Bernadene Voss as the recently designated Chair of our Metropolitan Collaboration Taskforce.
Cr Bernadene Voss
Cr Voss was the founder and Executive Director of a successful loyalty, marketing and IT company before being elected as a Councillor at the City of Port Phillip in 2012. In 2015, Cr Voss was elected as the Mayor of Port Phillip and was recently conferred the Mayor Emeritus Award which recognises Mayoral service for tenures of three years.
Cr Voss is also a member of the Fishermans Bend Mayors Forum reporting to the State Government’s Development Board.
Committee for Melbourne looks forward to working with Cr Voss in establishing the Metropolitan Collaboration Taskforce to address this important Strategic Need for our city.
Big Men in Town
The international blockbuster musical JERSEY BOYS will hold a very special one night performance dedicated to four important charities raising funds for four great causes.
With the aim of raising awareness of their important work and contribution to our community, the Jersey Boys company will donate $50.00 from the sale of every ticket sold at this performance to be distributed equally across:
- Connected Communities Melbourne
- The Blue Ribbon Foundation
- Entertainment Assist
- The Order of Australia
Purchase tickets for this exclusive event and support some great causes including Connected Communities Melbourne which works closely with our member Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and is chaired by Melanie Raymond OAM, Chair of our member Youth Projects. See you there!
What's on our radar
Foundation Member, The Age, has published an article detailing transport plans announced by the Labor, Liberal and Greens parties ahead of the Victorian State Election. The article provides a sequential narrative on future delivery plans. Committee for Melbourne welcomes public discourse on future transport plans for Melbourne and looks forward to seeing all parties involve Infrastructure Victoria in assessing their projects.
The New South Wales State Government announced yesterday that they intend to use a portion of the Snowy Hydro Legacy fund to build a very fast train connection between Sydney and Canberra. In our Melbourne 4.0 report, Eastern Seaboard Collaboration was identified as a key Strategic Need for our city along with an Eastern Seaboard transit link. Announcement of a very fast rail connection between Canberra and Sydney would be one step towards achieving greater connectivity along the Eastern Seaboard. Committee for Melbourne watches with excitement the development of this project.
The good news is...
Denmark discusses labelling food for climate impact - The government of Denmark may soon require grocery stores and packaging manufacturers to grade foods based on their environmental impact. The ambitious initiative would calculate the grade based on the amount of transportation the product required to reach the shelves, as well as how much water was used to make the product, which pesticides were used on its exterior, the environmental impact of the packaging, and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions created as a byproduct of the food.