Eastern seaboard collaboration

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.   

Upcoming events & work in progress

Committee for Melbourne and Committee for Sydney will be joining forces in October 2018 to discuss the potential for an Australian east coast megaregion.

Following the work undertaken by Committee for Melbourne as part of Melbourne 4.0, and Committee for Sydney’s Sandstone Megaregion report, members from both cities have been invited to participate in a working lunch to discuss ways in which these two cities, and the regions in between, can collaborate more closely, and ultimately form a megaregion. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Phuel and attended by both Committee for Sydney and Committee for Melbourne members.

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
  • Committee for Sydney and Committee for Melbourne Joint summit

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 research@melbourne.org.au

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