Committee Communiqué

Airport link: first Melbourne 4.30 Taskforce booked out!

There has been great interest from Committee Members to attend our first Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce, Airport link: From concept to commencement.

The event is now booked out bringing together over 80 representatives from our membership. 

Co-hosted by Members Keolis Downer (Yarra Trams) and Herbert Smith Freehills the forum aims to provide the state and federal governments with information and guiding principles to consider when developing the business case for a potential airport link to and from the CBD.

The Committee has called for this vital piece of infrastructure for our city for many years and CEO Martine Letts once again backed this project in a Herald Sun opinion piece in November 2016.

On October 12 at our Meet the Minister Series event with The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, the need for an airport link to ensure our city’s liveability and visitability will be on the agenda. 

50 days untill C2 Melbourne!

Last week, the Committee for Melbourne introduced C2 Melbourne to Members at an event kindly hosted by HASSELL.

Martin Enault

Members heard from C2 COO Martin Enault who highlighted the importance of discussing innovation and disruption in a constructive way. He challenged the audience by explaining that the world we live in today was actually created for the first industrial revolution.

Founded by Sid Lee and Cirque du Soleil and for the first time ever in Melbourne from 30 November to 1 December, C2 Melbourne is a conference unlike any other bringing commerce and creativity together to challenge and shape the future of business.  

As a partner from day 1, Committee for Melbourne will share some Melbourne 4.0 insights at the conference by hosting an interactive workshop on how Australia’s key cities and regions along the eastern seaboard can work together to enhance prosperity and liveability. 

Martin summed up C2 perfectly by highlighting that ‘’by thinking creatively and differently, you can create great business opportunities and make a difference to the world'.

Take advantage of C2 Melbourne's special offer for Committee of Melbourne Members. Click here and use promo code: 'C2MELCFM'

Bringing leading scientists to Melbourne

One of the world’s most eminent biomedical scientists and renowned cancer researcher, Dr Harold Varmus, will deliver the 2017 Graeme Clark Oration on Monday 30 October in Melbourne.

Dr Varmus’ long and distinguished career in cancer research culminated in his sharing the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 for the discovery of a series of genes that can cause cancer. This work laid the foundation for our modern view of the genetic basis of cancer and helped the development of drugs for numerous cancers, including leukaemia and lung cancer.  

Dr Varmus has referred to cancer as not being one disease, but many. In his oration, Transitions in Cancer Research, he will discuss how our understanding of cancer has developed over time, the role played by technology and how treatment and prevention strategies are improving the lives of people.
The Graeme Clark Oration is a free pubic event, however registration is essential.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. If you would like to sponsor this event or attend the Oration Dinner, please email Graeme Clark Oration Director, Mr Luan Ismahil or call (03) 8344-8405.

Dr Harlod Varmus

Solving the congestion crisis in Melbourne's east

This week, the Victorian Government rejected a proposal from Committee Member Transdev to build and operate Melbourne’s first 'bus rapid transit' system – a dedicated high-speed busway between Southern Cross Station and Doncaster. 

While a reason for giving the busway the red light was not provided by government, it is undeniable that traffic congestion in Melbourne’s east is becoming a major problem. Data compiled by new Member VicRoads indicates that Melbourne’s worst freeway choke point is the city-bound end of the Eastern Freeway, with average traffic speeds of 9 km/h in the morning peak. 

A solution to help ease the traffic congestion in Melbourne’s east is sorely needed. The Committee encourages government, industry and the community to work towards a solution as a matter of urgency.     

457 visa and the future of work

The Committee is continuing to monitor the Federal Government’s controversial decision to abolish the 457 visa and replace it with two new temporary skill visas.
We note and agree with the points made by TechSydney, which emphasised to the Federal Government that the new laws threaten some of Australia’s fastest growing industries. 
TechSydney argue that it is unwise for regulators to specify visa guidelines based on particular skill-sets, due to the rapidly changing nature of various industries, and the new and varied roles being created. Regulators will not be able to keep pace with new requirements of industry. 
The Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce identified future skills and digital capability as two key Strategic Needs that Melbourne must focus on if it is to retain a strong and resilient economy out to 2030.  

Find out more.

Future Focus Group updates

The FFG class of 2016-2017 have their last workshop at The University of Melbourne this month before completing their work on their respective projects and graduating on Wednesday 22 November at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Draft business plans are coming in over the next week for the three projects being undertaken by the FFG class of 2017-2018.  Key elements of those plans will be presented to a Project Review Panel later this month that will include Andrew Smith of Swinburne University and Julia Langdon of EY.
Nominations are coming in for the FFG class of 2018-2019 that commences with an Induction Weekend from 9 February to 11 February. Completed nomination packages are sought by Friday 20 October. 
Please contact FFG General Manager Matt Gaffney if you would like further information on the program or have any queries.

What's on our radar

Economic Conditions Snapshot - McKinsey have just released the results of their most recent global economic survey. It appears that while economic optimism is high, geopolitical concerns remain. 
The potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics on the workforce - The RPA has released their key findings following an investigative report into AI, robotics and automation.  

Intercity rocket travel - American business magnate, Elon Musk, outlined his plans in Adelaide for a rocket to propel humans from one continent to another in less than an hour, and a manned mission to Mars.

Member offer: La Trobe's soundvision

Tickets are now officially available for soundvision, an outdoor celebration of 50 years of La Trobe University featuring music, art and a late night party on Saturday 18 November.

This unique event will take place on the Academic Lawn overlooking the Moat at the centre of the Melbourne Campus and will be co-hosted with La Trobe Student Union.

Live music will include:

  • The Bombay Royale  
  • GL
  • The RAAH Project feat The Australian Youth Orchestra Momentum Ensemble
  • Emma Donovan and The Putbacks

Get your ticket!
As a Committee for Melbourne Members can use the following discount code: Committee4Melb

Event details
Saturday 18 November 2017 
4pm – 2am
Academic Lawn, La Trobe University, Bundoora 

Our vision for Melbourne:

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