Committee Communiqué

Edition 22


Annual Dinner 

The Committee for Melbourne Annual Dinner | Save the Date, Thursday May 21 2020!  

Make sure you don't miss out on Melbourne's Gala black tie celebration. For advance table bookings and sponsorship opportunities, click here or call 03 9667 8102.  

2020 Melbourne Achiever Awards 

Do you know an individual and/or an organisation that deserves recognition for a significant initiative that will leave a legacy for Melbourne’s future?   

Please submit your nomination by email, selection criteria can be found here.  

Our Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Laura Kerr Melvin, will then follow up with you directly.   


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Facilitating Build-to-Rent and Affordable Housing

While there is 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 significant BTR projects. It is also still uncertain whether BTR developments have the scope to offer affordable housing. 

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Build-to-Rent Thought Leadership

Urbis and Allens: Build to Rent – the key to unlocking the future liveability of Australia’s cities 

Build-to-Rent presents an exciting opportunity for Australia to quickly increase the availability of rental properties to meet current and future demands.  

While the #BTR momentum is building, viability in this space is proving to be a challenge, with significant tax and planning policy required to turn the BTR ripple into a wave.  

Can the BTR sector in Australia meet the demands of modern society or even provide an attractive long-term investment?  

Read the report here: https://urbis.com.au/insights-news/build-to-rent-unlocking-the-future-liveability-of-australian-cities/ 


New JLL research paper identifies six customer benefits forming a customer-led value proposition for the emerging BTR sector  

As the institutional property investment landscape matures and attitudes toward home ownership and apartment living evolve, demand for BTR products in Australia continues to build. JLL’s new research paper – Six benefits for build to rent residents, examines the benefits on offer to future BTR residents as the sector matures. 

Read the report here: 


Championing the Greater Melbourne Visitor Experience forum

In November, a Leading Thinker forum was hosted by the Committee for Melbourne and Urbis.  Urbis Director Craig Becconsall discussed the growth of ‘Neighbourhood 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 the opportunities ahead. 

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AGM and honouring our Founder

On 14 November, we held our 33rd Annual General Meeting, generously hosted by National Australia Bank in The Hall. Our AGM was an opportunity for us to report to our members about the progress we have made in our policy advocacy and delivery of the strategic priorities listed in our Melbourne 4.0 Program, launched in May 2017 and our forums and events. With the election of two new Directors, we have reached a full complement of 14 Directors, a diverse group of leaders representing different business sectors, and the knowledge, arts and the for-purpose sectors.  After a short AGM, members had to opportunity to mingle and network. Thank you to those who attended to help us celebrate your, and the Committee’s contribution to our city. 

At the AGM, Committee for Melbourne Chair, Scott Tanner was delighted to honour our Founder, Pamela Warrender, with her Life Membership Award Trophy.  While Pamela has been a Life Member for a long time, we had not had an opportunity to give her the beautiful trophy as tangible recognition of her great achievement in founding the Committee and her support of the Committee for almost 40 years. Thank you, Pamela for continuing to be an inspiration for us all and for being our most loyal supporter!  

Click here to see our AGM media release and full board listing. 


Future Focus Group | Graduation

After 21 months of participation, members of the Future Focus Group 2018-2019 Program graduated in style in the Clarendon Room above Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The team from MCEC hosted a three-course shared feast and great wines to accompany final presentations from the four Project Teams.  Future editions of Communiqué will showcase the Everyone’s Moomba, HereStay, Melbourne 2050 Podcast and StreetAbility projects and how you, as members, can help build on the good work of the Project Teams to help shape Melbourne’s future.  

With 27 new FFG graduates, there are now over 470 members of the Future Focus Group Alumni Network. We look forward to hosting an array of activities in 2020 for members of that Alumni Network. To update your details and register your interest in Alumni events, please contact events@melbourne.org.au


New Member | Ethos Urban

Ethos Urban view Committee for Melbourne as playing a lead role in advocating for investment and sustainable growth of the city.  

Ethos Urban is Australia’s leading national urban solutions company that blends design, economics, engagement and planning to create sustainable futures centered around human needs.  

Our team of urban professionals are skilled at listening to client’s needs and aspirations to create a shared vision for all projects. By taking a multidisciplinary approach, we guide clients through complex planning processes to deliver greater certainty and realise the development potential of sites across Australia. It is through this integrated skill set that we shape government policy and influence the development of our cities and regions to leave a lasting legacy. 

We believe our collective intelligence provides better solutions to challenging urban problems. The name Ethos Urban reflects our values, our culture and our focus on people. People are at the heart of our business; that is our ethos. Smart people. People smart. 

The Committee’s membership base aligns with the industries in which we already work, with a shared vision for a prosperous city.  

There is opportunity for our employees to join industry conversations at Committee for Melbourne events. 


Member News

Rialto Christmas Markets

Come along to the Rialto Christmas Creators Market featuring an array of artists and performers, things to do, eat, drink and get some of the items on your Christmas shopping list ticked off.  You can grab anything from plants to candles, jewellery, art, bags, cosmetics, all sorts of gifts and some made by local designers. After you have finished your shopping stop at the Emperor Champagne Garden for a glass of bubbles and a few oysters provided by the Vue de monde team. 


Port of Melbourne | 2050 Development Strategy

The Port of Melbourne has released its Port Development Strategy (PDS) 2050 for consultation. The 2050 PDS is a roadmap for the development of the Port for the next 30 years. As trade volumes increase and vessel size trend upwards, the Port is well positioned to meet future growth challenges. They welcome your feedback. Click here to find out more.  

The closing date for feedback is 6 December 2019.  


Avalon Airport wins major airport of the year award

Last week, Avalon Airport won the Major Airport of the Year Award at the National Airport Industry Awards on the Gold Coast. 

The Awards are held annually by the Australian Airports Association, and celebrate achievements and contributions made by AAA Members over the past financial year. 

Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings said he was honoured to accept the award on behalf of the airport, acknowledging the recognition this award gives to everyone working at Avalon and Linfox, including the airport's Board of Directors and the Fox family for their significant dedication and investment. 


What's on our Radar


In 2019, MPavilion welcomes influential Australian architect Glenn Murcutt AO as their esteemed designer. Often referenced as Australia’s most famous architect, Glenn is the only Australian recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2002), and is internationally recognised for environmentally sensitive and responsible designs with a distinctive Australian character. 


MPavilion 2019 sketch by Glenn Murcutt AO, Courtesy of MPavilion 


Upcoming Events

Members Hosting Events for 2020 
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