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Vision – Future Melbourne – Leading Melburnians to guide 10-year city plan

Posted in Events, Policies, Visions by Ferne Edwards on May 7th, 2007

Reproduced with permission from City of Melbourne, originally published Friday, 27 April 2007.

A 10-year plan to position Melbourne as the Asia Pacific regions pre-eminent capital city for living, working and investing will be developed by the City of Melbourne in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

A prominent group of Melburnians with expertise in sustainability, community services, sports, arts and culture, events, retail, bio-technology and multi-culturalism was today unveiled as the reference group charged with steering the ‘Future Melbourne’ strategy – the most ambitious and broad-ranging ever produced by Council.

Due for completion in September 2008, ‘Future Melbourne’ will provide a complete vision and action plan for central Melbourne during the next decade.

The plan will be developed along 11 themes, covering the spectrum of Councils services and responsibilities:

Business Melbourne
Cultural Melbourne
Destination Melbourne
Environmentally Sustainable Melbourne
Global Melbourne
Knowledge Melbourne
Living Melbourne
Moving Melbourne
Public Melbourne
Service Melbourne
Sporting Melbourne

The development of ‘Future Melbourne’ will also be assisted by the Committee for Melbourne, the Victorian Council for Social Service, the Property Council of Australia (Vic) and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Lord Mayor John So said ‘Future Melbourne’ would provide a complete vision for Melbourne to 2020. “Future Melbourne will look outward and establish where we, as a community, want to go and how best to get there,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Future Melbourne will listen to the community, business, industry, the arts, government and academia to create the most comprehensive and well considered plan ever made for our city.”

Businesswoman and ‘Future Melbourne’ reference group chair Carol Schwartz said the group would provide high level guidance and direction during the formulation and development of ‘Future Melbourne’. Members will also champion the plan within their own networks and where appropriate facilitate access to key stakeholders that may not otherwise be available.

"The role of the reference group is to provide the partners to the strategic planning process a broad cross section of ideas, information and networks which tap into the myriad communities and interests which exist in this vast and sophisticated city,” she said.

“Through this conduit as well as through the extremely effective partnership between the City of Melbourne and the University of Melbourne, as well as others, we hope to achieve the best result possible for the future planning for the city of Melbourne."

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Development), Professor Vijoleta Braach-Maksvytis, said the partnership provided a welcome opportunity for the knowledge sector to become actively involved in the Future Melbourne project.

"This new project represents knowledge transfer at its very best and will allow the University, with its depth of knowledge and renowned resource of innovative thinking across many disciplines, to assume a leading role in helping to shape a vision for Melbourne’s future,” she said.

‘Future Melbourne’ will be formally launched in May and will begin with a broad ranging, six-month public inquiry about the future of the city which will then inform a 10-year strategy and action plan to be written in 2008.

Future Melbourne reference group members
Carol Schwartz (Chair), Chair of Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT), Melbourne International Arts Festival and Our Community, Director – Highpoint Shopping Centre.
Cheryl Batagol, Chair Melbourne Water, Deputy Chair Sustainability Victoria.
Rev Tim Costello, CEO World Vision Australia.
Nick Green, Chair Victorian Olympic Committee.
George Lekakis, Chairperson Victorian Multicultural Commission.
Harold Mitchell, President Museum Board of Victoria, Founder Harold Mitchell Foundation, Director Opera Australia and National Gallery of Australia.
Sid Myer, Co-Vice President Myer Foundation, Chairman Asialink.
Lyndsay Neilson, Under secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Government.
George Pappas, Chair Committee for Melbourne, Vice Chairman Bio-Melbourne Network, Senior Adviser Boston Consulting Group, Chair Monash Medical Research Advisory Board.
Elizabeth Proust, Non-Executive Director Perpetual Ltd, Chairman Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Chairman Centre for Dialogue La Trobe University.
Arron Wood, Director Firestarter Pty Ltd, 2001 Young Australian of the Year , Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.
Peter Yates, Managing Director Allco Equity Partners, Chair Australian Science Media Centre, deputy Chair Asialink, Board member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Childrens Hospital Foundation (Victoria), the Centre for Independent Studies and the National Portrait Gallery.

Ex Officio Members
David Pitchford, Chief Executive City of Melbourne.
Prof Vijoleta Braach-Maksvytis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Innovation and Development, University of Melbourne.

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