19/10/17

Committee Communiqué

Meet the Minister with Jacinta Allan MP

Last week, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Major Projects The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP spoke to Committee for Melbourne Members at the final 'Meet the Minister' event for 2017, hosted by Member Hall and Wilcox.

At this sell-out event, Minister Allan emphasised the importance of investing in public transport to cater for growth. She highlighted the Metro Tunnel, the level crossing removal project and the night network, as significant developments.

The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP addressing Committee for Melbourne Members
 

She spoke of the pivotal role of the bus mode in unclogging the network and the importance of technology in providing the customer focus that passengers want, such as more timely and accurate information and onboard WiFi. Minister Allan acknowledged a lot more work needed to be done to deploy technology to help passengers plan and improve the experience of their journey. 

She also spoke about the importance of minimum local content requirements for rolling stock in revitalising local manufacturing. Committee for Melbourne notes that these niche manufacturing pockets are part of the re-shoring trend outlined in our Melbourne 4.0 work.

Finally, the Minister reminded all attendees of the efforts being made to build the 'turn up and go' network we are all striving for. 

View the event photos.

Infrastructure Victoria

The Committee for Melbourne welcomes the government’s release of the first Victorian Infrastructure Plan, in response to Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy.

Seven years ago, the Committee called for the establishment of an independent, accountable, and transparent body to develop a long-term infrastructure plan for the state.

After three successive governments, Infrastructure Victoria was created – with the key principles raised in our 2015 discussion paper reflected in its establishment – and in December last year, they delivered their first 30-year infrastructure strategy, outlining 137 recommendations for government. 

Coming full circle, the government has outlined its response in the form of a five-year infrastructure plan for Victoria. Having accepted 134 out of 137 recommendations, approximately one-third are supported in full, half are supported in principle, with the remaining fifth being partly supported.  

Even though not all recommendations have been fully accepted, this is a great win for our city and Victoria.

The Committee will continue working with government and stakeholders to shape a better future for Melbourne through the best possible infrastructure development and urban optimisation, two of our four policy pillars.  

C2 Melbourne update

The C2 team has decided to defer this unique event to late 2018 so that they can deliver a truly spectacular and inspiring event. This is a genuine demonstration of their commitment to do the right thing in the interest of business. Committee for Melbourne has been a proud C2 Melbourne 'Partner from Day 1' and we remain strong supporters of this ground-breaking “Davos of Creativity”. We look forward to sharing our Melbourne 4.0 journey with participants in 2018.

Read below the official message from C2 Melbourne: 
Due to a variety of circumstances we have decided to push the Melbourne event originally scheduled from 30 November until 1 December 2017 to the tail end of 2018. 

Why? The short answer is that it turns out six months is not enough time to build an event of this scale that is truly collaborative. We listened to the market – including many in the business community who expressed a desire to participate, but for whom the timeline was too narrow – and it says we need more time.
 
C2 is more committed than ever to becoming a key stakeholder in the Melbourne business community. Over the coming months we will be growing our local teams and working to develop longstanding, mutually beneficial relationships with an ever-broadening range of partners and collaborators.

Part of our strategy includes offering a series of curated workshops leading up to a bigger and bolder, full 3-day C2 experience at the end of 2018 (dates to be confirmed soon). We hope that you will join us at these events, and we look forward to continue working with you to propel the Melbourne community forward.

We are incredibly grateful to Committee for Melbourne for their continued support and partnership in our quest to showcase Melbourne’s talent to the world, and bringing the best of the world to Melbourne."

Have questions or feedback? Get in touch with C2 Melbourne.

Inaugural Not-for-Profit Taskforce

The Committee has established a taskforce to review the needs of the not-for-profit sector in Melbourne, with a focus on addressing the future disruption that has been identified through our Melbourne 4.0 work.

Challenges specific to the not-for-profit sector will be addressed in a series of forums facilitated by Committee for Melbourne Director Ric Holland and Member Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria CEO, Scott Chapman.

If you are associated with a not-for-profit organisation or have a strong interest in the sector, please register your interest in this taskforce by contacting Policy and Research Officer, Brett Van Duppen.

Future Focus Group update

The Committee has established a taskforce to review the needs of the not-for-profit sector in Melbourne, with a focus on addressing the future disruption that has been identified through our Melbourne 4.0 work.

Challenges specific to the not-for-profit sector will be addressed in a series of forums facilitated by Committee for Melbourne Director Ric Holland and Member Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria CEO, Scott Chapman.

If you are associated with a not-for-profit organisation or have a strong interest in the sector, please register your interest in this taskforce by contacting Policy and Research Officer, Brett Van Duppen.

Using social media as a tool the campaign aims to grow public awareness and promote discussion about the inequality that currently exists, and the impact this has on disadvantaged members of our community.

Launched this week in Melbourne, the Share the Pie social media campaign will run over a period of four weeks, with the intention of creating an ongoing campaign.

Support ‘Share the Pie!’ by engaging on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

What's on our radar

Innovation districts down under: A postcard from Melbourne, Australia - Following her visit to our city during which she shared her expertise and insights with some of Melbourne’s key stakeholders, including our Members, co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution, Julie Wagner wrote a thoughtful overview of her week with us. She emphasised the real potential of our city as we embark on developing a cluster of innovations districts.

30-minute Melbourne: The road (and rail) to the future of the world’s most liveable city - As part of their Cities Agenda, Foundation Member PwC have just released their ’30-minute Melbourne’ report as they continue to work with government, business, and the community to create cities that thrive and endure. This fascinating read examines why a 30-minute city is desirable, and how a polycentric model of growth will achieve this.

Melbourne Festival art inspired by Tramjatra society of Melbourne, Kolkata tram workersCelebrating Melbourne’s iconic trams and bringing contemporary art to a mass audience, Melbourne Art Trams is a creative partnership between Creative Victoria and Members Melbourne Festival, Public Transport Victoria and Keolis Downer (Yarra Trams). Now in its fifth year, Melbourne Art Trams is a revival of the Transporting Art project that ran between 1987 and 1993. This year's artwork has been selected to appear on eight trams moving through the network from October 2017 to April 2018. The artist behind the people’s favourite mobile artwork will be rewarded with a $5,000 People’s Choice Award. Voting opens late October!

Welcome new members

We are delighted to be joined by a number of new members this year, including:

We look forward to working with all to shape a better future for Melbourne.

For information about Committee for Melbourne membership, please contact Director of Engagement, Clive Dwyer.

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