Why ‘Eastern Seaboard Collaboration’?
As integrated sets of cities and their surrounding regions across which labour and capital can be reallocated at a very low cost, megaregions have replaced cities as the new global competitive units.
Creating an Australian east coast megaregion will unleash our innovative capacity, and allow us to compete on the global stage. Moreover, it will activate the regions, and alleviate the population growth challenges that our major capital cities are experiencing.
Underpinning the development of an Australian east coast megaregion would be the creation of an eastern seaboard transit link. High speed rail would act as the nerve system linking our major cities and regions.
Melbourne and Sydney join forces
On 16 October 2018 Committee for Melbourne, in conjunction with 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.
Participants were asked to envision what an Australian East Coast Megaregion would look like, how it might be achieved, and 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 identified at the Melbourne-based event held late last year, will feed into the Committee’s advocacy efforts for greater economic, political, and social collaboration along Australia’s east coast.
C4Cities and Regions network hosted by Melbourne
We hosted the Australia/New Zealand Committees for Cities and Regions network in Melbourne on 18 and 19 March 2018. Committee for Melbourne has taken on the role of coordinating the 18 member C4 network.
This unique network continues to grow and thrive, reinforcing the excellent brand enjoyed by the “Committees 4” as a trusted, non-partisan forum for business, the knowledge sector, and civil society to shape the future economies and liveability of their communities. The Australian C4 network is particularly strong in the state of Victoria.
Members of the C4 network is not only an information exchange, but also an opportunity for members to collaborate in joint advocacy with government on shared priorities. The Victorian C4 network recently collaborated on advocating for better rail connections between Melbourne and the regions.
Infrastructure Australia's Protecting Corridors report
Infrastructure Australia’s released a policy paper in July 2017 urging Australian governments to protect infrastructure corridors which are vital to the country’s long-term, strategic planning.
Corridor Protection: Planning and investing for the long term argues that close to $11 billion in land purchase and construction costs could be saved by taxpayers, provided governments acquire and protect seven corridors identified as national priorities.
The Committee for Melbourne supports Infrastructure Australia’s efforts to encourage protection of strategic corridors as a prudent investment which will give current and future governments the capacity to respond to issues associated with a growing population.
Corridor protection aligns with the outcomes of the Committee for Melbourne’s Melbourne 4.0 Taskforce, which has identified the need for increased eastern seaboard collaboration and connection such as an eastern seaboard transit link.
Our current work
- Eastern Seaboard Collaboration Taskforce
Past events and projects
- C4Cities and Regions event
How can you get involved?
As a member of the Committee for Melbourne, you can contribute your and your organisation's knowledge and insight to the various taskforces that are addressing the Strategic Needs.
To register your interest to participate in our taskforces, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.