Committee Communiqué

Edition 17


From the CEO

We are thrilled to welcome to the Committee Board our latest Director, Danny Elia, from Committee for Melbourne’s Foundation member, IFM Investors (Foundation member of the Committee since May 2018). Danny is Head of Global Asset Management for Infrastructure at IFM Investors.  

Danny has a strong affinity with the Committee’s objectives to shape Melbourne’s future as a world-leading liveable, economically successful city and has a deep commitment to Melbourne’s success as Australia’s fastest growing city able to embrace the challenges of rapid growth and to thrive during a time of rapid technological, geopolitical and economic change.  

IFM Investors is one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors and Danny has extensive experience in finance, governance and business operations in infrastructure, construction, transport, public-private partnerships, manufacturing and retail. He is also a board member of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation. 

The Committee’s Board has diversified considerably in the last two years, with representation from Melbourne’s leaders in financial services, education, arts and culture, health, utilities, construction and infrastructure, innovation and start-ups, not for profit consulting and legal services. 





Creating a vibrant cultural economy for Melbourne and Victoria

The Committee’s Arts and Culture Taskforce aspires to create an integrated vision for Melbourne as a vibrant, global destination for arts, culture, and design.  

The Committee was therefore delighted to draw on the contribution of our Taskforce for the Committee’s submission to the Victorian Government’s Creative Industries Strategy 2020-2024.  

In the submission, the Committee provided practical suggestions on the specific themes listed in the strategy and some ideas for how the sector might be better led and governed.  

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Ideating Agile Workplaces

Agile workplaces are about fostering a flexible and productive environment and this was showcased at a recent CfM forum held at Grant Thornton in their stunning new offices that exemplify Agile best practice.  

Leading experts from a Committee for Melbourne member organisation HASSELL, Dr. Agustin Chevez and Mark Bray presented their findings. The team at HASSELL conducted longitudinal primary research on companies which allowed them to see how businesses perform in their physical space, through understanding the fundamental business enterprise pillars of people, space and technology. This gave the research team an ‘x-ray’ perspective of the businesses and a better understanding of Agile workplaces.

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Blockchain | Beyond the Hype

On Thursday 5 of September at ShineWing, the Committee for Melbourne partnered with Asialink Business to hear industry experts address key regional trends impacting blockchain in Asia. 

Asia’s blockchain industry has seen a surge in investment and rapid development in recent years but investing wisely presents unique challenges that companies must individually assess in terms of their specific context and market position.

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Build to Rent Working Group

submission to the Victorian Government’s Build to Rent (BTR) Working Group was made on 21 August. Martine Letts and Jane Hodder (Board Member and Housing Mix Taskforce Chair, Committee for Melbourne) represented the Committee on the Victorian Government’s Build to Rent (BTR) Working Group to consider the draft report to the Treasurer and Planning Minister on BTR policy for Victoria.   

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Tourism Submission

Committee for Melbourne made a submission to the Regional Victoria Tourism review. 

The Visitor Economy is Greater Melbourne’s fourth-largest economic driver and has helped shape Melbourne’s brand reputation as a dynamic destination to visit, live, work and invest. As the country’s second-largest services export after education, tourism contributes 3.2% to Australian GDP and 4.9% to employment, with strong growth projections. 

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FFG | 2020 Program Now Open

Shaping Future Focus Group for the future 

We have made some changes to how we will run the Future Focus Group (FFG). The Program will now run over an intensive 15 months, instead of its traditional 21 months. FFG is a unique opportunity for selected emerging leaders in Melbourne to better understand, connect within and contribute to Melbourne while building their leadership capabilities. 

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Welcome to New Member | Community Housing LTD

Community Housing Ltd has joined the Committee to be able to play an active and leading role in shaping Melbourne’s housing policy for the future, one which includes a diverse mix of affordable housing options that caters to the wide-ranging needs of its growing populace.

Australia’s largest Not for Profit Affordable and Social Housing Provider, Community Housing Ltd has over 11,000 properties under management across six states dotted around metropolitan to regional and remote parts of the country.


Member News 

GoGet Recycling Initiative 

Committee for Melbourne’s car-sharing member GoGet has paired with City of MelbourneCity of Port Phillip and City of Moonen Valley to provide a special free service for environmentally-friendly community members. The initiative is providing a unique solution to the current recycling crisis.  
The Committee’s Communications team has supported the  #GoGetRecycling campaign by managing media relations and community awareness. This has resulted in media coverage across The Age and News which helped raise the discussion on the importance of waste separation and community activation.   Read about it here  
For more information on #GoGetRecycling or how the Committee can assist with media relations, please contact our Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager Laura Kerr Melvin. 


Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust appoints new CEO

Deb Ganderton has been named the new CEO of The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Her appointment was announced yesterday by the Chair of GMCT, Geoff Mabbett. 

“Deb’s strong leadership and community engagement skills and her deep understanding of the challenges facing the cemetery industry make her ideally suited to build on GMCT’s achievements and customer service performance” Mabbett said. 

Ganderton is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the International Association of Public Participation, and the International Association of Business Communicators. She is currently Vice President of the IABC in Victoria. 

Committee for Melbourne congratulates Deb on her new role and looks forward to her continued contribution to the Committee for Melbourne agenda. 


LaTrobe Open Day

La Trobe University is repeating and expanding its free postgraduate expos this year. This is an amazing opportunity for you to meet La Trobe’s newest graduates. 

You can learn about their aspirations, ideas, education and work experience and hear from inspiring keynote speakers including Turia Pitt and Ally Watson.   

These are free events at the Bundoora Campus on Thursday 10 October, 10 AM – 4 PM; and in the Melbourne CBD on Wednesday 23 October, 5-9 PM. You’re welcome to stay for a few hours or the whole expo. 

Click here to see what’s on and register.  


What's on our Radar

The Asian Executive in association with the Victoria Racing Club proudly presents The Asian Executive 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival Charity Ball

This will be one stylish night out with drinks served upon arrival, 5-star 3-course dinner with premium wines, impressively themed ballroom with exciting lighting effects and big dance floor. 

Highlights of a fabulous evening of corporate networking and entertainment include the formal presentation of the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Trophy by Mrs. Amanda Elliott, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club followed by a tribute to the music of the eighties. 


AI Summit | Thought Piece 

The Committee for Melbourne was a proud Presenting Partner of the recent Digital AI Summit in Melbourne.  This 2nd Annual Summit was an exemplar event bringing together business and civic leaders, technology experts, startups, academics and citizens to facilitate debate of how Artificial Intelligence is directly affecting and impacting processes and models across industries, sectors, and geographic borders.   

Read the full Thought Piece from The University of Melbourne's, Associate Professor, Ann Borda here

To be involve in next year's Summitt to be held in August 2020, please contact Clive Dwyer, Director, Engagement.   


Upcoming Events

Tuesday 24 September 
Ogden Transport Lecture Monash University  

2 - 3 October  
Data61+ Live 

Tuesday 8 October 
Avalon Airport | Ensuring growth continues in Victoria's West

Thursday 17 October 
2019 Parliamentary Drinks 
(Foundation Members only) 

Wednesday 30 October 
Meet the Lord Mayor | The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp. Invitations released October 1, click here for advance enquiries. 
For enquiries regarding the Foundation Member only events, please contact us.  

Members - hosting events 
If you are interested in hosting an event, contact us.

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