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Championing the Greater Melbourne Visitor Experience forum

November 28, 2019 | Discussion

In November, a Leading Thinker forum was hosted by the Committee for Melbourne and Urbis. Urbis Director Craig Rohan benchmarked the growth of ‘Neighborhood Tourism’ with a fascinating presentation, benchmarking the latest developments of Greater London and Greater Melbourne. This was followed by two keynote member presentations by Greater Western Tourism Executive Director, Richard Ponsford and North Link CEO, Chris James which profiled the growth of the Visitor Economy in the Western and Northern and regions of Melbourne and opportunities ahead.

Facilitating Build-to-Rent and affordable housing

November 28, 2019 | Discussion

While there are an increasing number of Build-to-Rent (BTR) projects emerging across Australia, and growing private sector interest in BTR projects, there is still some uncertainty about whether the foundations are right in Greater Melbourne for a significant emergence of BTR projects. It is also still uncertain whether BTR developments has the scope to offer affordable housing.

600th Issue of the Big Issue

November 14, 2019 | Community

Big Issue is celebrating the 600th edition of its street magazine with a special commemorative issue, launching this Friday. The edition will feature a special retrospective of vendor profiles and stories, as well as an interview with cover stars Cold Chisel ahead of their summer tour.

Libraries Change Lives

November 14, 2019 | Community

Everyone is welcome at public libraries. They are the universal service that allows people to be themselves. They are the last revolving door in the community that does not charge a fee. Public Libraries Victoria attracted more than 30 million visits in 2017 – 18, and that number is growing. They are the biggest membership-based organisation in Victoria – More than 2 million Victorians have a library card. In this sense they demonstrate how Metropolitan Collaboration can be achieved, working collectively across municipal boundaries.

Local Government Bill Passed

November 14, 2019 | Discussion

On 12 November 2019 the Parliament of Victoria put in progress the Victorian Local Government Act 2019. This Act replaces the Local Government Act 1989 (other than rating conditions, which are still under review). Committee for Melbourne made a submission to a review of the Act.

Red Tape

October 31, 2019 | Discussion

Delays in the planning and building approval process cost the construction sector $400 - $600 million a year or approximately $7.6 million per high rise development. The Red Tape commissioner has been tasked with reviewing the process to find possible efficiencies to reduce delays and development costs. As explored in the Committee’s submission, this could potentially have a positive effect on housing affordability, in which incentives could be explored in the planning system to facilitate provision of further social and affordable housing.

Finalising the national purpose of schooling

October 31, 2019 | Discussion

Building on the Committee’s submission made earlier this year to the Review of the Melbourne Declaration, we have now made a submission to the Education Council’s draft Declaration on Education Goals. As the basis of Australia’s curriculum, and designed to supersede the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (Melbourne Declaration), this nationally significant document will articulate the national purpose of schooling, and the role schooling must play to help strengthen social cohesion.