Committee Communiqué

Airport link: first Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce

As reported in the last edition of our eNewsletter, our first Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce 'Airport link: From concept to construction' will take place on Tuesday 24 October. This interactive forum will address our first Strategic Need for Melbourne, a transit link from Melbourne’s CBD to Tullamarine Airport.  

We are pleased to announce that Aurecon Global Service Leader for Rail and Mass Transit, Mikel Alonzo and The Urbanist Editor, Alan Davies will be joining other prominent experts from the transport industry and lending their voice to the conversation.

The other confirmed panelists are: 

  • Peter Seamer, former Victorian Planning Authority 
  • Judi Zielke, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Richard Bolt, Dept of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Michel Masson, Infrastructure Victoria
  • Philip Davies, Infrastructure Australia
  • Lorie Argus, Melbourne Airport
  • Michael Hanna, IFM Investors
  • Colin Chanter, AssetCo Management (Southern Cross Station)

 Co-hosted by Committee Members Keolis Downer (Yarra Trams) and Herbert Smith Freehills, the Taskforce will aim to provide the state and federal governments with information to consider when developing the business case for a transit link.

This is your chance to shape the future of our city. As it will be a popular event, we encourage our Members to register their interest now as numbers will be limited.  

Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017
Time: 9am - 12pm
Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills: 101 Collins Street

Leading Thinker: Julie Wagner

This week, Committee for Melbourne Members were treated to an exclusive, open discussion with Co-Director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution, Julie Wagner.

A globally recognised leader on innovation districts having received global acclaim for her co-authored paper on innovation districts, Julie believes that our city, with its series of high-class assets in close proximity, has a fantastic base in which to succeed.

Jacyl Shaw in conversation with Julie Wagner


She believes that what Melbourne needs is convergence. Our research institutes must work collaboratively with each other, as well as with industry, governments, and the community, to innovate and thrive.

Success for Melbourne is not guaranteed. The question remains: can Melbourne’s institutions remake themselves  – or converge –  in time to thrive in this new environment?   
Kindly hosted by Members Bates Smart and the University of Melbourne, Julie also took the opportunity to share her trials and tribulations in providing strategic guidance to advance the competitiveness of cities with the audience.

Developing Greater Melbourne Summit

Taking place from 30 - 31 October, the Developing Greater Melbourne Summit will bring together government, community and businesses to explore strategies in attracting investments and advancing development in the region.

Committee for Melbourne Research and Policy Director Sander van Amelsvoort will draw on our Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce findings to discuss how we can prepare our city so that it can be future-ready in a rapidly changing technological and geopolitical environment.

Senior leaders from National Australia Bank, Westpac , Airbnb, Accor, Transport for Victoria, VicRoads and many more will share:

  • Crucial updates on major project developments that are accelerating Victoria's growth 
  • Approaches for attracting investments and securing new business opportunities in transport, infrastructure, tourism and many other industries 
  • Strategies for improving stakeholder collaboration between industry, community and government

Download the event brochure to find out more.

As a presenting partner for this event, Committee for Melbourne Members can save 10% when using discount code: ‘DGM_SPKR10%’. 
Simply book online or call: (02) 9188 8950. 

Getting Onboard

Last week, the Future Focus Group 'Getting Onboard' project team ran a panel discussion on diversity in leadership, kindly hosted by Member HASSELL,  and facilitated by Jodie Willmer, Jo Fisher (Jo Fisher Executive), Adam Fennessy (EY) and Rueben Berg (RJHB Consulting)

L to R: Jodie Willmer, Jo Fisher, Adam Fennessy, Rueben Berg 

In an engaging session, the panelists discussed the diversity-enhancing changes they have helped drive and provided ideas on actions that can ‘shift the dial’ on diversity. These were their call to actions:

  • Jo Fisher: "Think forward, think about what your organisation will look like in the future, don't think so much about the past"
  • Rueben Berg: "Ask yourselves if you have considered all the options. Are you making any assumptions?"
  • Adam Fennessy: "Think about what things you can change. Ask yourselves what you can do to sew the seeds for greater diversity in your team or work environment".

As Rueben Berg brilliantly summed up: "Diversity is not the icing on the cake, it is the whole cake and should be standard practice".

With only two months left until the 2016-2017 cohort graduate, each project team is working on getting its project ready for handover to an exit partner before the Graduation dinner, which will be held Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 22 November.

Trump tweets - the world shudders!

Trump tweets, Kim Jong-un threatens, populist politics displaces rational conviction leadership – these all have significant implications for Australia's political, social and economic direction. 

To address these critical issues, Wesley College have gathered together three internationally acknowledged experts:

  • Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor, Australian National University and former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Professor Hugh White AO, Professor of Strategic Studies, Australian National University
  • Professor Warwick McKibbin AO, Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy and former member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.  

Join the 10th Annual Wesley College Business Breakfast: 

Price: $80 per person
Committee for Melbourne Member offer: $700 for table of 10.
Get your ticket.

Member achievements

Committee Members Keolis Downer (Yarra Trams) and Metro Trains Melbourne have both been awarded the contract to continue to operate both the tram and rail networks respectively.

Keolis Downer (Yarra Trams)
Keolis Downer has been awarded the contract to continue to operate Yarra Trams until at least 2024. Since 2009, Keolis Downer has improved safety on the tram network, achieved record levels of passenger satisfaction and maintained punctuality during a period of growth for our city.

Photo: Keolis Downer (Yarra Trams)

The new franchise agreement commences on 30 November 2017, and over the next seven years will:

  • Create more than 100 jobs and 70 apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships
  • Deliver the State's investment in rolling stock enhancements and refurbishments with all the work being completed in Victoria 
  • Improve the accessibility of Melbourne's tram network by introducing assisted-boarding aids on low-floor trams and implementing a program to increase the environmental, social and economic contribution trams make to the city
  • Double the amount of track renewed across the network every year

Enabling more than 200 million passenger journeys per year, Keolis Downer will continue to collaborate with key partners across Melbourne to ensure Melburnians and visitors alike experience a seamless public transport journey, especially as our city experiences significant disruptions during the delivery of the Metro Tunnel. 

“We are thrilled that Keolis Downer will continue to operate Melbourne’s iconic tram network. I am proud of what we have achieved over the last eight years and all that we have delivered for our passengers and the city during this time. We have an exciting vision for Melbourne’s tram network and we are ready to deliver even safer, more reliable and passenger-friendly services for the world’s most liveable city.” - Nicolas Gindt, CEO, Yarra Trams

Metro Trains Melbourne

Metro Trains has been awarded the contract to operate the metropolitan rail network for another seven years and stands ready to accept the vitally important task of connecting people with places across a growing Melbourne, anticipated to be Australia’s largest city by 2051.

The recent unprecedented levels of investment by the State Government in public transport – with projects such as the Level Crossing Removals, Metro Tunnel Project, High Capacity Metro Trains and High Capacity Signalling – will completely reshape our city's transport system and bring about a real transformation in Metro passengers’ rail experience.

Over the next seven years, Metro Trains Melbourne will:

  • Create 600 new jobs, including 305 apprenticeships
  • Operate better trains with an $89 million investment in refurbishing its rolling stock fleet
  • Maintain an even better network with $330m or 32% more funding allocated to maintenance and renewals

This next chapter will see Metro raising the bar in everything they do, with their passengers and communities at the heart of all initiatives. 

“Our team at Metro is dedicated to improving on what we do every day to deliver a train service that our passengers trust.” -  Mike Houghton, CEO, Metro Trains Melbourne 


Welcome new Member: Huawei

Welcome to new Foundation Member, Huawei!

"Huawei is the largest telecommunications supplier in the world and our technology is driving hundreds of the global cities undertaking digital transformations. Huawei solutions provide the connectivity and the information technology platform for cities looking to optimise municipal services, reduce environmental impact, improve public safety and introduce new services to enhance liveability.

The Committee for the Most Liveable City in the World is the ideal forum to learn, collaborate and share ideas about creating great urban environments. Huawei looks forward to learning from other Committee for Melbourne Members and offer its own global perspective on creating great connected, sustainable and intelligent cities".  

What's on our rader

Set two carbon targets to break climate impasse: Ross Garnaut - Earlier this week, Committee for Melbourne Director Kee Wong facilitated discussions between Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel and other experts at the Melbourne Economic Forum titled ‘Do we have the energy to end climate wars?
In his final remarks, Kee emphasised that the energy market and energy policy are important determinants of Australia's future which need to be more widely understood. He highlighted that this forum – hosted by Victoria university in association with the Melbourne Economic Forum and Committee for Melbourne – played a key tole in presenting the home truths so that better policies and choices can be made by government, businesses, the energy industry and the community.

Street culture roots keep Cirque du Soleil alive for 33 years says CEO Daniel Lamarre - Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal-based entertainment behemoth, continues to expand its wings globally, with no signs of slowing down.
Founded by Cirque du Soleil and Sid Lee, C2 Melbourne is taking place from 30 November to 1 December, Committee for Melbourne is a proud Partner from Day 1. Get your organisation involved!

Hall and Wilcox wins at the Australian Law Awards - Committee for Melbourne Director Tony Macvean was named Managing Partner of the Year at the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards which recognise excellence in law, legal professionals and law firms. Congratulations Tony! 

Our vision for Melbourne:

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