Committee Communiqué

Edition 23


From the CEO

One of the roles of the Committee for Melbourne is to contribute to a range of public policy discussions on Melbourne’s future economy, liveability, infrastructure and urban optimisation consistent with our purpose of Shaping a Better Future for Melbourne. While we do not advocate for individual members, we do speak to important issues on behalf of members for the good of Melbourne.  

The role of the “Committees For” a network of non-partisan, independent 22 Committees for Cities and Regions in Australia and New Zealand is to advocate for policies which they believe are fundamental to their members and the places they represent, even if that means speaking out on matters which others may not be willing, or able to do.   

Recently we collaborated with 4 other Victorian “Committees For” in calling on the Federal and State governments to deliver on their commitment to develop a world-class airport train that enhances travel times to the city, provides a dedicated service for travellers, reduces suburban rail network congestion and links the state’s aviation gateway to its cities and the regions.  As many have said, this is a “once in a generation opportunity” to construct a transformational piece of infrastructure to support Melbourne and Victoria’s future productivity and liveability.

You can read the responses to this call in the Melbourne Airport Link item below. 
The Committee has a set of advocacy principles, endorsed and monitored by its Board of Directors which provides guidance to the Secretariat about how we work with our members in choosing and developing our policy advocacy positions. This includes how we manage conflicts of interest which may arise for Board Directors from time to time. 
You can access those principles here, including how our advocacy with respect to the Airport Link reflected those principles in practice.   

We look forward to working with our members in 2020 to continue to advocate for this great city of ours.  How we can meet the great challenges of growth to ensure that Greater Melbourne and its citizens can thrive in a world of massive disruption drives us to look for visionary policies that will support our city for decades to come. 

I want to thank the Board and our Secretariat for their support, energy and commitment to our city and to the Committee’s ambitions. 

As always, our warmest thanks go to our 150 members without whom none of our work and influence would be possible. 

Please enjoy a relaxed and safe festive Season and see you in the New Year. 





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IPSOS End of Year cocktail event Understanding Australia (Melbourne) 2019

Committee for Melbourne and Ipsos proudly launched the inaugural edition of Understanding Australia (Melbourne) 2019. Where to from here? at a festive cocktail event at Deakin Edge, Federation Square last week. The report is based on IPSOS’s ongoing research of our population for the past 20 years. 

The report draws on citizens’ perspectives about the liveability of their local area, their concerns and their values and intersecting these with the big events, ideas and policies shaping our economy, environment and lives. The report provides rich insight into what it is like to live in Melbourne today, and how Australians feel about infrastructure, liveability, health, our climate and trust in the context of population growth. 

Thank you to our panel, chaired by Peter Mares from the Cranlana Foundation, comprising Ivan Motley from i.d, Martine Letts, CEO Committee for Melbourne, Sally Baidwood from IPSOS and Matthew Horn from Uber for their contribution to the discussion.  Thanks also to our host and event partner Dan Evans from IPSOS, and to our AV Partner Creative Vision Audio and Federation Square for their generous support.   


Melbourne Airport Rail Link

We were pleased to be part of a Group of Victorian Committees for Cities and Regions (the C4 network) advocating for a world-class, efficient airport link, with a new rail tunnel as its foundation. The Committees for Ballarat, Gippsland, Greater Shepparton, Melbourne and Wyndham called on the Victorian and Federal governments to deliver on their commitment to develop a world-class airport train that enhances travel times to the city, provides a dedicated service for travellers, reduces suburban rail network congestion and links the state’s aviation gateway to its cities and the regions.  So far, the call has been taken up in the Melbourne media, the Victorian Tourism Industry Council, VTIC and by the Federal Member for Fraser, Daniel Mulino

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Enhancing charitable giving in Greater Melbourne

The Not-for-Profit Steering Committee has tabled a draft report highlighting the importance of the charitable and NfP sector, the continuing struggle to attract sustained support and funding, and lists some activities that could be undertaken to help tackle some of these challenges. 

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Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation and VincentCare

With a renewed focus to permanently end homelessness in Melbourne, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation partnered with VincentCare Victoria to embark on a major redevelopment and expansion of its Inner-Melbourne Hub to develop a purpose built, world class accommodation facility with an on-site integrated Homeless Resource Centre. 

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Federal Government Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence

Last month the Committee attended the Techtonic AI Summit in Canberra, where the Federal Government launched its AI Roadmap Artificial intelligence: Solving problems, growing the economy and improving our quality of life.  

The Roadmap identified three high potential areas of AI specialisation in Australia: natural resources and environment; health, ageing and disability and cities, towns and infrastructure. The Summit outlined that whilst AI will change the nature of work, jobs would be created and discussed how AI might enable and augment the human experience and assist us in our everyday lives. 

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2020 Annual Dinner and Melbourne
Achiever Awards

The date has been set for the 2020 Committee for Melbourne Annual Dinner. Mark in your calendar May 21 as the night of all nights in Melbourne. 

We look forward to celebrating the outstanding achievement of the winner(s) of the Melbourne Achiever Award, our special guest(s) at our 2020 Annual Dinner in the presence of our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.  

We encourage our members to reflect upon an outstanding individual and organisation meeting the criteria here and direct any questions to Laura Kerr Melvin  

Pictured Above: Congratulations to our 2019 winners, The Australian Ballet and Peter Clemenger AO  


Herestay | FFG 2018-19 Project

The Herestay project of 8 members of the Future Focus Group 2018-2019 Program has been undertaken in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology.  Herestay encourages homeowners to offer empty rooms in their homes to university students in Melbourne at reasonable or below-market rates, in exchange for companionship and help around the house.   

Herestay aims to support Melbourne by providing affordable housing while also fostering community connection, initially focused on homes in Hawthorn in close proximity to the main campus of Swinburne. 

A promotion of home-sharing was staged at NGV Design Week in March, and a toolkit for home sharers has been developed (and is accessible on the Swinburne website).  A deliverable is a Recommendations Report with a focus on how to engage homeowners, based on the project findings. 


New Member | Warren and Mahoney

Welcome to Warren and Mahoney, an international practice of designers and architects who solve complex challenges to create enduring legacies for clients and cities. The practice’s design process is grounded in driving conversation before design, sharing its ideas and expertise with generosity, and creating spaces that connect people and enhance their sense of belonging. 

“We share the Committee for Melbourne’s vision for a strong and globally competitive economy with world-class infrastructure and liveability. As architects and designers, we believe the cross-pollination of ideas facilitated through the Committee for Melbourne will enable us to help create a city that is shaped, by people, place, culture, heritage and a sense of purpose”, Daryl Maguire, Principal, Warren and Mahoney, said when asked about why they decided to join the committee. 


Member News

2019 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards

The RACV Victorian Awards showcase and recognise the state’s leaders in tourism excellence. For over 30 years, the awards have played an integral role in rewarding business excellence, innovation, industry professionalism and collaboration. 

Congratulations to Committee members Royal Botanical Gardens  who were awarded the Major Tourism Attraction and Skybus for being inducted in the Hall of Fame.  


La Trobe welcomes puppies to Bundoora

La Trobe University has welcomed 10 adorable puppies to its Bundoora campus as part of an innovation program to help veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder.  

The puppies are spending the next 12 months at the Bundoora campus training to become mental health assistance dogs, with support from staff and students who have volunteered as puppy raisers and socialisers. 

The launch of the training program in Bundoora marks the second phase of a four-year, $2 million project funded by the Australian government’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs, successfully introduced at the La Trobe Bendigo campus with eight puppies in March 2019. 

Lead researcher, Dr Tiffani Howell from La Trobe’s School of Psychology and Public Health, said raisers and socialisers are sharing the training and care duties for the puppies they’ve been carefully matched with. 


Trophy Presentations

The University of Melbourne

We were proud to celebrate 22 years of membership with Melbourne University’s Dr Julie Wells, Vice-President Strategy and Culture 

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked as Australia’s leading university in international rankings. Established in 1853, the University is a public-spirited institution which makes significant contributions to research, teaching and learning and community engagement.  


Committee for Melbourne has been in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency for 21 years. We were proud to present CSIRO Chief of Staff, Future Industries (and PhD student), Claire Manson with a trophy of recognition.  


What's on our Radar

2020 Lunar New Year

The Committee for Melbourne proudly supports The Asian Executive in hosting   
“The Look of Love” 2020 Lunar New Year corporate dinner at The Aviary, located on the rooftop of Crown Melbourne with magnificent twilight views of Melbourne's brilliant skyline.  

Committee for Melbourne members receive a generous 50% discount for table bookings of 10 guests for online bookings secured before Christmas (subject to table availability).  

To purchase a table, please contact Laura Kerr Melvin for the unique code: lmelvin@melbourne.org.au  

The evening comprises an exciting lion and dragon - ceremonial blessing for guests for the “Lunar New Year of the White Metal Rat” ahead and a superb bespoke Chinese-inspired lunar new year banquet with wines selected by the Crown Melbourne's sommelier.  


A Vision for the Yarra

The Committee for Melbourne was pleased to participate in the development of the recently released City of Melbourne'Yarra River-Birrarung Strategy and the Yarra River Business Association’s VISION 21 document.  

The Lower Yarra River is starting to get the attention it needs and deserves, as a major economic generator for Melbourne, as well as the city’s key location for tourism and recreation. 

The report focusses on the quality development of the precinct's public realm including an emphasis on the neglected Northbank interface of the river with the CBD, including linkages through to Docklands, and using Banana Alley as a hub of Northbank activity 

The report reinforces the Committee’s call for a more strategic industry, a whole of State Government and Council approach to achieve progress. 

It also timely to congratulate the Yarra River Business Association on its 21st year of operation as one of the City’s most dynamic business associations.  

Questions about the Association and its VISION 21 document can be directed to its Executive Officer, Tim Bracher at exoff@yarrariver.melbourne or 0412 502 931 



Upcoming Events

Pause Fest is an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation. Committee for Melbourne is proud to be a supporting partner of 2020 Pause Fest. Please contact Laura Kerr Melvin for your exclusive partner rate 

Stay tuned for many more events in 2020 

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