From reviving to thriving: next steps for the Melbourne CBD

From reviving to thriving: next steps for the Melbourne CBD

Feb 9
Join City of Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, and key stakeholders to explore strategies for bringing the CBD back to life.
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The Right Honorable Sally Capp, The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, City of Melbourne
Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Culture Creativity Place
Russel Howcroft, Chairman and Founder, The Grid

Event Overview

Until March 2020, Melbourne had a daytime population of nearly a million people, Australia’s fastest growing night time economy and an annual Gross Local Product of more than $104 billion. Greater Melbourne was on track to become Australia’s biggest city by 2030 and accolades such as the World’s Most Liveable City were frequent.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating health, economic and social impacts on the City’s businesses and communities. Severe and changing restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 have sharply disrupted the way Melburnians live and work, changing the very nature of our social fabric.
According to new consumer research commissioned by the Tourism and Transport Forum around 93 per cent of Victorian employees are still working from home on multiple days each week. Join members and stakeholders for a wide-ranging discussion on strategies for bringing Melbourne back better, and ideas for evolving the role of our City.


Meet the keynote speaker

The Right Honorable Sally Capp
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, City of Melbourne

Sally Capp was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in May 2018 and is the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor. Sally was also the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and COO of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Meet the panel

Andrew Dixon
Chief Executive, Culture Creativity Place

Andrew offers advice on culture, creativity and place to local authorities, cultural projects and regeneration agencies. He led Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017 bid, advised Coventry’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid and also worked on Leeds’ European Capital of Culture 2023 bid. Previous roles include the first Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, CEO of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, CEO of Northern Arts, where he led the implementation of a £250 million capital strategy for arts facilities. He was formerly Executive Director of Arts Council England. Andrew is a visiting Professor to Coventry and Warwick Universities.

Russel Howcroft
Chairman and Founder, The Grid

Alongside Russel’s role as Founding Partner of Sayers, he is a leading broadcaster, Chairman of AFTRS, Chairman of The Grid, author and brand whisperer. He is the co host of the number one breakfast radio show in Australia and panelist of the number one television show on the ABC.

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