03.06.2021From the CEO | 3 June 2021

Just when we thought we were well and truly launched on the Road to Recovery, Melbourne is again stricken by a COVID-19 induced lockdown. Once again, we find ourselves debating about how to strike the right balance between economic recovery and public health and safety.

It is no surprise then that our members, in the Committee’s most recent annual member survey have indicated a sobering 2–10 year forecast time for Melbourne’s economic recovery, and that what they most need to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19 is more certainty concerning future restrictions. You can read more about our members’ views in this edition.

Given our deep economic challenges, the Victorian budget was especially important as a signal for how the government is planning to lay the foundations for a prosperous future for Greater Melbourne and Victoria. Our assessment, which you can read about below, is that while there is much to like in this budget for the short term, it does not inspire confidence for the longer-term investment and policy certainty we need.

The Committee has repeatedly emphasised the importance of consistent standards across local, state and national jurisdictions for a common recovery roadmap to protect and support our communities while balancing economic opening and recovery efforts.

However, there is one thing we, as individual citizens can and must do to accelerate our way out of this public health debacle which has shaken our economic and social foundations to the very core. We can get vaccinated.

Vaccination at scale also clears the way for you to join us at our Annual Dinner on 1 September where we can get together at CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park and celebrate our successful emergence from this crisis. Tables are now on sale, and details are below.

Come on Melbourne, we are relying on you!

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