13.05.20222022 Melbourne Achiever Award Winners

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and VCCC Alliance and Michael Gudinski AM win the prestigious Melbourne Achiever Awards.

Committee for Melbourne’s prestigious 2022 Melbourne Achiever Awards were announced Wednesday, 11 May, honouring Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and VCCC Alliance and Michael Gudinski AM for their outstanding contribution to Health and Research and Arts and Culture respectfully, in Melbourne.

The recipients accepted the award at the Committee’s annual gala dinner on Wednesday night at Melbourne and Olympic Park’s newly developed CENTREPIECE in the presence of Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Committee for Melbourne Patron.

The Awards celebrate contributions to Melbourne that will leave a lasting legacy, proudly presented by Telstra.

Committee for Melbourne Interim CEO Matt Gaffney applauded Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and VCCC Alliance’s significant contribution as global leaders in cancer research. Peter Mac has the biggest cancer research team in Australia with 750 researchers working tirelessly in the fight against cancer.

“The 2022 Melbourne Achiever Award for Peter Mac is as Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer, and as the home of Australia’s largest cancer research group. The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Alliance (VCCC) is a powerful partnership of 10 leading research, academic and clinical institutions – comprising many Committee for Melbourne members including Peter Mac, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Health, and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research – working together to fundamentally reshape how we tackle cancer.

The collaborative work they do leading the way for the biomedical precinct will leave a lasting legacy on Melbourne and the world. We are honoured to present the award to Professor Grant McArthur, Executive Director at VCCC Alliance and Professor Shelley Dolan, Chief Executive Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre,” said Mr Gaffney.

“On behalf of everyone at Peter Mac, I am honoured and delighted to receive this Award in partnership with the VCCC Alliance,” said Professor Shelley Dolan, Chief Executive at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

“It reflects our shared duty to positively impact the lives of every Victorian with cancer and to ensure Melbourne continues to play a leading role in global cancer research and the search for new treatments and cures.”

Professor Grant McArthur, Executive Director at VCCC Alliance said “The VCCC Alliance is honoured to receive this prestigious award together with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The original vision for the VCCC was a hub for world class, integrated cancer research, education and clinical care that would save lives of Victorians affected by cancer. I believe the reality has actually far exceeded this. The exceptional VCCC facility was the genesis of the VCCC Alliance – a venture between ten cancer institutions across Melbourne that is reshaping the cancer system and enabling new levels of integration and innovation, bringing wide-ranging benefits that reach across the state. Many people have contributed to this success, but at the heart is Melbourne’s exceptional foundations in biomedical research and medical care, so this is truly an award shared by the collective.”Michael Gudinski AM was awarded the Melbourne Achiever Award for an outstanding individual as the most powerful and influential figure in the Australian music industry.

“Michael Gudinski had a lifelong passion and made significant contribution to the Australian music and entertainment industries. Michael’s impact was felt far and wide, with the Australian music scene shaped by his influence. The Committee thanks Michael’s family for accepting his late father’s Melbourne Achiever Award,” said Mr Gaffney.

On behalf of the Gudinski family: “Michael lived and breathed all things Melbourne. He was a global ambassador for our city and beamed with joy showing it off to many world famous artists and business leaders, hosting them in our great town over the years. He tirelessly fought tooth and nail to ensure Melbourne was seen as the live music capital of Australia and known as one of the great music cities of the world, which it indeed is! During the pandemic he ensured our city maintained its music tradition and reserved its vibe. Creating many unique initiatives to ensure Australian artists, iconic Melbourne venues and of course music fans remained positive through the power of music.

His legacy and influence over Melbourne will continue to thrive for generations to come, as will that of Mushroom, a great Melbourne success story. As we enter Mushrooms 50th year in 2023 the company is as strong as ever and we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure Melbourne retains our position as one of the greatest live music cities of Melbourne. It’s an honour for our family to have him recognised this evening and we wish we could be in the room with you all to celebrate his many achievements.”

Since 1993, Committee for Melbourne annually recognises and celebrates significant and sustained contributions to our city that will leave a lasting legacy. Previous winners include the late Dame Elizabeth Murdoch AC DBE and Ron Walker AC CBE, National Gallery of Victoria, VicHealth, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, The Australian Ballet and Naomi Milgrom AO.

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