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Reimagining the city – how can Melbourne get its buzz back?

About this event:

As we look to recover from the COVID pandemic, there is an opportunity to reimagine how we plan for the future of the central city.

More of us are working from home, more often, and this has contributed to changes in travel patterns and decisions around where we choose to live. It has also prompted a re-think of city planning, including the role of green and open space, active transport links like cycling and walking and ways to revitalise the day and night-time economies.

But what infrastructure is needed now and into the future to support a prosperous Melbourne and what does a successful revival of the central city look like?

Watch this panel of experts as they discuss how we can bring the buzz back to the city so that Melbourne continues to be a great place to live, work and play.

Facilitated by Infrastructure Victoria CEO Jonathan Spear, the panel includes Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Paul Zahra, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Retailers Association and Felicia Mariani, Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council.

Meet the panel:

Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Sally Capp was re-elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in October 2020 and is the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor. She has also served as CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. Sally was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. Sally’s top priority is bringing the buzz back to Melbourne and driving the city’s economic recovery following the devastation caused by the COVID pandemic.

Paul Zahra, CEO of the Australian Retailers Association

Paul Zahra is the CEO of the Australian Retailers Association – Australia’s oldest, largest and most diverse retail body, representing a $360 billion sector which employs one in ten Australians. As a leading figure of Australian retail, Paul has worked in the industry for over 35 years and has previously held senior corporate roles at Target, Officeworks and David Jones.

Felicia Mariani, Chief Executive Officer, Victoria Tourism Industry Council

Felicia leads the peak body representing Victoria’s tourism and events industry. She has held C-suite roles in Tourism Victoria and Tourism NSW, is a former CEO of Tourism Tasmania, and was Managing Director of the Australian Tourism Export Council. Felicia is passionate about the power of tourism and events to drive the resurgence of Victoria’s economy.

Jonathan Spear, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria

Dr Jonathan Spear is Infrastructure Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer. He has led Infrastructure Victoria’s work on Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy, research program and provision of independent advice to the Victorian Government. Jonathan has held senior leadership, policy, strategy and legal roles with the Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Justice, Victoria Police and Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

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