As well as Council meetings, Melbourne City Council has three special committees:
Future Melbourne Committee (meets twice monthly) This committee has delegated powers, duties and functions directly relating to, or ancillary to, all aspects of our activities. The Future Melbourne Committee’s terms of reference are grouped into 10 themes or portfolios:
Arts and Culture
Finance and Governance
All councillors participate in the Future Melbourne Committee.
Docklands Coordination Committee (meets annually). This committee manages coordination between the City of Melbourne and Places Victoria to ensure an open public discussion in this developing area. The committee, which includes senior representatives from both organisations, meets annually to monitor place management services within the coordination area.
Inner Melbourne Action Plan Implementation Committee (meets quarterly). This committee has delegated powers, duties and functions directly relating to, or ancillary to, overseeing implementation of the Inner Melbourne Action Plan in accordance with the agreed three-year implementation program. The committee comprises representatives from the local governments of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Yarra and Maribyrnong.
Council planning framework
Elected by the community, the Council is the decision-making body that sets the strategic direction and policy of the municipality.
The Council delivers:
The four-year Council Plan, which sets out what the Council will achieve during its four-year term to further the community vision.
The Annual Plan and Budget, which describes the Council’s key objectives and activities for each 12-month period.
The administration, headed by a Chief Executive Officer appointed by the Council, delivers the vision of the elected Council.
This is done by:
providing advice to the Council in a timely manner
resourcing the administration to deliver the results sought by the Council
complying with the statutory responsibilities required under legislation
delivering services to the community required under legislation or by the Council
implementing the decisions made by the Council.
Our reporting framework – how to read the following sections
The following section ‘Performance against our goals’ is divided into eight chapters, reflecting the eight goals that support our vision of being a bold, inspirational and sustainable city, as per the Council Plan 2013–2017:
An accessible, transparent and responsive organisation
Each goal chapter describes:
the outcomes the Council aims to achieve within its four-year term, according to the Council Plan 2013–2017
how well the Council performed over the last year, as measured by the indicators of progress towards the outcomes in the Council Plan
the priorities and actions supporting those priorities the Council has implemented to achieve the four-year outcomes it seeks, including whether these actions were completed or are ongoing
the major initiatives of the Council of the past 12 months (activities of particular importance under each goal, as listed in the Annual Plan and Budget 2014–15).
Goals one to six include a ‘Future Melbourne snapshot’. These provide a picture of how the municipality is tracking as a whole against the goals of the Future Melbourne Community Plan. The Future Melbourne Community Plan is broader than the Council Plan, and sets out what the community and the City of Melbourne together aspire to achieve by 2020.
Performance against our goals
Goal 1: A city for people
Melbourne will be accessible, inclusive, safe and engaging. Our streets, buildings and open spaces will be alive with activity. People of all ages and abilities will feel secure and empowered, freely participate in their community and lead healthy lives.
4 projected outcomes
20 priorities identified
33 actions for 2014-15
Delivered via 13 service areas, 32 strategies /plans
The City of Melbourne plays an important role in making sure our city remains a great place for people from all walks of life, whether their reason for coming here is to live, work or study, and whether they intend to stay long term or just a short while. As our city grows, we need to be nimble in responding to our community’s needs, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
Building a ‘city for people’ is about keeping pace with our changing population by having well-planned infrastructure and services, providing safe and welcoming public spaces, and supporting people to stay healthy, socially connected and engaged in their community.
Issues and challenges
A number of projects were impacted by changing Victorian Government priorities. Arden-Macaulay urban renewal plans were delayed due to the former Victorian Government’s East West Link proposal. With this discontinued, our original plans for Arden-Macaulay can proceed. Development of a Lorimer structure plan was delayed due to the Victorian Government initiating a review of the Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan. The master plan for Moonee Ponds Creek was impacted by the new Victorian Government’s decision to reinstate the Melbourne Metro Rail project.
Major initiatives in the coming year include beginning implementation of the Queen Victoria Market renewal master plan, and completing the Carlton Baths stage two works including a refurbished pool, new toddler’s pool, plant room and landscaping.
Future Melbourne snapshot
How the city measures up as a ‘city for people’ based on: The percentage increase in residents, visitors and workers.
The daily population grew from 844,000 in 2013 to more than 870,000 in 2015.
Goal 1 service areas: Planning for population growth, Parks and gardens, Building, development and planning, Public health and safety, Libraries, Homelessness, City safety, Family, children and youth, Recreation and leisure, Street cleaning and waste management, Aged and inclusion, Sustainable environmental management, Urban policy and design
120,000 visitors to Library at the Dock
3 areas prescribed as smoke-free
10 per cent increase in maternal and child health visits since 2013–14
497 children attended a City of Melbourne children’s centre in 2014–15
1.476 million people attended four premier events
Summary of 2014–15 actions
Detail about this year’s city for people actions and activities can be found later in this chapter.
Major initiative: Build the Docklands Community Boating Hub and Family Services Centre
Soon to grace Victoria Harbour will be the Community Hub at The Dock, now at final construction stage. Delivered in partnership with Lend Lease and Places Victoria, the facility will be home to the Docklands Yacht Club, the Victorian Dragon Boat Association and the Melbourne Outrigger Canoe Club. It will also include a family services centre fully equipped with consulting rooms, play areas and a large multi-purpose room for community hire.
Major initiative: Open the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre was unveiled in July, the first community hub of its kind in Carlton. The centre provides a dynamic contemporary space for local people to come together to create, explore, connect with others and learn. Housed within a refurbished 139-year old building, the centre includes facilities for arts and performance, sound recording, a maker space and computer lab, alongside more traditional library offerings.
How we’re performing against our indicators of progress
The City of Melbourne aims for several outcomes over the four years of its Council Plan 2013–2017. We measure progress by the indicators below.
Projected outcome: A well-planned municipality for a growing and diverse population
The proportion of the resident population that lives within a 15-to-20 minute walk (800m to 1 km radius) of community facilities, per year.
Time period (Financial Year)
Residents living within an 800-metre walk of community facilities
89.4 per cent
88.5 per cent
The proportion of the resident population that lives within a 300-metre walk of open space.
Time period (Financial Year)
Residents living within a 300-metre walk of open space
96.3 per cent
96.4 per cent
Our estimated population living within a 20-minute walk or 800-metre radius of community facilities has remained almost unchanged. Community facilities include libraries and community hubs (i.e. buildings that share space and resources for public use, excluding recreation centres and neighbourhood houses). Factors that can influence the indicator result include where population growth is occurring. Community facilities in neighbouring municipalities are not counted.
Our estimated population living within a 300-metre radius of open spaces, including parks and reserves, sports fields and outdoor recreation areas, squares and publicly accessible private outdoor space has remained stable at 96 per cent.
Major initiative: Install IT and furniture infrastructure and open Kensington Town Hall
The Kensington Town Hall reopened to the community in February 2015. Restored to its former glory, the town hall boasts a variety of spaces for community use and hire. It includes a revived grand main hall and supper room which provide affordable spaces for large community social and celebratory functions and converted upstairs rooms with hot desks and meeting areas for local organisations, micro-businesses, and community education and training users.
Major initiative: Complete the community engagement and Precinct Renewal Master Plan for Queen Victoria Market
The release of the final draft master plan for the renewal of the Queen Victoria Market Precinct follows more than a year of consultation and three stages of community engagement. The draft plan outlines our vision to revitalise the market precinct, to preserve and celebrate the market’s long history, enhance facilities for traders and market visitors, provide more open space and places for events, eating and meeting as well as better parking and easier access for pedestrians, cyclists and commuters.
Major initiative: Implement up to six opportunities for smoke-free public spaces for consideration
An overwhelming 85 per cent of individuals and businesses voiced their support for banning smoking in Howey Place, Equitable Place and Block Place as part of extensive consultations held over several months involving meetings with local businesses and surveys with shoppers and visitors. These three areas now join The Causeway in becoming permanent outdoor smoke-free laneways. A two-month community engagement period began in May 2015 on the proposal to make City Square, the popular shopping precinct QV Melbourne and Goldsbrough Lane smoke-free areas.
Projected outcome: People who are informed and supported to be healthy
The proportion of people using selected City of Melbourne services who reported the information they received from those services helps them to lead a healthier lifestyle
Time period (Financial Year)
Customers reporting the information they received from us helped them lead a healthier lifestyle
88.6 per cent
87 per cent
The proportion of people using selected City of Melbourne services who reported the support they received from those services helps them to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Time period (Financial Year)
Customers reporting the support they received from us helped them lead a healthier lifestyle
95.1 per cent
91.9 per cent
Of customers surveyed who used our services (including immunisation, maternal and child health services, parent support, Healthy Ageing community events, child care services, recreation and leisure centres) 87 per cent reported the information they received helped them lead a healthier lifestyle, and nearly 92 per cent reported the support they received helped them lead a healthier lifestyle. The difference between last year and this year’s survey results is not material.
Major initiative: Deliver phase one of the work related to sporting and park facilities in the Council’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Linking Melbourne Authority to reduce the impact from the proposed East West Link.
To mitigate the impact of the East West Link proposed by the Victorian Government at the time, the City of Melbourne and Linking Melbourne Authority agreed in 2013 to upgrade sporting facilities at Flemington Road Oval in Royal Park and Princes Park. While the East West Link was discontinued by the new government, the sporting facilities upgrade has gone ahead to cater for anticipated community recreational needs. A reconstructed playing field has reopened at the Flemington Road Oval and a new pavilion and sports lighting will be added to enable year-round use. The Princes Park sports area reopened for winter and now has seven soccer fields and four cricket pitches with sports lighting.
Major initiative: Complete the Neil Street and Return to Royal Park projects and progress the Eastwood/Rankins, Hawke/Adderley and University Square Precinct projects as part of the Open Space Strategy implementation
The unveiling in March of reinstated parkland on the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital marked a new lease of life for Royal Park, Melbourne’s largest inner-city park. Complementing the surrounding native Australian landscape is a new children’s nature-based play area, with indigenous-themed plant and park structures representing the seven Wurundjeri seasons. Other major work on open space this year has included facility and landscape upgrades at the Neil Street Reserve in Carlton, proposed improvements to the Eastwood/Rankins, Hawke/Adderley precincts and planning for a reimagined University Square in Carlton.
Projected outcome: People who participate and feel connected
The proportion of service users who feel more a part of their community through participation in selected City of Melbourne programs per year
Time period (Financial Year)
Customers who feel more a part of their community through participating in our programs
90.7 per cent
89.1 per cent
Customers surveyed who participated in our programs (including Healthy Ageing community events, child care services, recreation and leisure centres, student programs and parent support) and reported they felt more a part of their community remained fairly stable at 89 per cent.
ANZAC DAY 100 year commemoration
The City of Melbourne sponsored the 100 year commemoration of ANZAC Day this year. Teams worked closely with the Returned and Services League on the event, which featured special programming including the March of the Medals, with the War Widows Guild leading the procession. More than 85,000 people attended the traditional Dawn Service.
Victorian Seniors Festival - Flash mob
Almost 60 older people from across Melbourne helped launch the Victorian Seniors Festival with a dazzling flash mob at Federation Square. Participants were full of praise for the flash mob, initiated by the Ageing and Inclusion team and Recreation Services. In the words of one participant “it provided interaction with others and was great exercise”.
Seedlings program sprouts award wins
Children from five local government children’s centres including Melbourne City Child Care and North Melbourne and Hotham Hub Children’s Centres took part in Seedlings, a pilot program encouraging children and their families to live more sustainably. All three City of Melbourne participating centres received multiple awards.
National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Week flag raising
As part of the 2014 National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) celebrations, Melbourne City Children’s Centre organised an excursion to a flag raising ceremony. Feedback from parents reinforced the importance they placed on demonstrating to their children the connection between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the land.
Projected outcome: Safe, high-quality and well-used public spaces and places
City users who are satisfied with the quality of our public spaces
76.6 per cent
74.2 per cent
The proportion of city users satisfied with the safety of City of Melbourne public spaces and places, annually
Time period (Financial Year)
City users who feel safe alone in public spaces in daytime
City users who feel safe alone in public spaces at night
96.2 per cent
56.6 per cent
97.1 per cent
62.1 per cent
Seventy-four per cent of city users surveyed reported satisfaction with the quality of the city’s public spaces, based on several quality aspects of public open spaces, including sun and shade, sights and sounds, fresh air, greenery, the presence of art and furniture, accessibility and ability to enjoy using the space. The difference from last year’s result is not material.
Most (97 per cent) of people surveyed felt safe alone in public spaces during daytime. Sixty-two per cent of those surveyed reported feeling safe alone in public spaces at night, an improvement from last year of nearly 6 per cent.
Pop-up park sessions
Sixty families participated in free sessions delivered by Parenting Services and the Park Rangers at North Melbourne Community Centre and Library at the Dock during summer. Participants learned about Melbourne’s parks and gardens, including the flora and fauna they contain, and how to access Family Services programs.
Harmony Day celebrations
Melbourne City Children’s Centre and North Melbourne Children’s Centre celebrated Harmony Day on 21 March in unique style. Families at Melbourne City Children’s Centre each brought a dish from their varied cultures to share, and families at North Melbourne joined an African drumming group dancing, singing lullabies and playing drums.
Intergenerational music playgroup
A pilot intergenerational music playgroup brought together older adults from planned activity groups and children from a local kindergarten to share music and foster a sense of community. Feedback from all participants was extremely positive.
Our 4-year priorities are…
Our 2014–15 focus was…
Over the next year we will…
Begin implementing Melbourne's Urban Renewal Areas plan
Complete the community engagement and precinct renewal master plan for Queen Victoria Market
Work with Inner Melbourne Action Plan councils (IMAP) to develop a new IMAP plan for the region
Complete the Docklands Family Services and Community Boating Hub
Implement the Queen Victoria Market precinct development controls through a planning scheme amendment
Through community engagement, develop a framework to guide the provision, location and management of skating in the city
(Major initiative) Begin implementing the Queen Victoria Market precinct renewal master plan
Investigate the community infrastructure required to accommodate increased future population in the Arden Macaulay area and provide potential partnership models to deliver that infrastructure
Advocate to and cooperate with the Victorian Government in planning for new government schools
To meet the school needs of our residents, continue working with the State Government and IMAP councils on a regional plan that includes school sites in our municipality
Facilitate private and public development of a diverse and more affordable housing stock to accommodate population growth
Work with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect to develop the Victorian Apartment Design Standards, as part of our Housing Strategy implementation
Continue to work with the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning to develop the Victorian Apartment Design Standards, as part of our Housing Strategy implementation
Review the City of Melbourne Housing Strategy as it relates to affordable housing issues, following the release of the Australian Government’s Reform of the Federation White Paper
Protect the community from passive smoking by expanding smoke free areas
Implement up to six opportunities for smoke-free public spaces for consideration
Work with the State Government towards a ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas and, if appropriate, continue to implement smoke-free areas
Develop an electronic gaming machine policy for the municipality
Review Melbourne Planning Scheme clause 22.12 (gaming premises) in light of the continued Capital City Zone expansion
Increase community participation in physical activity through our sport and recreation services
Deliver phase one of the work related to sporting and park facilities in the Council's Memorandum of Understanding with the Linking Melbourne Authority to reduce the impact from the proposed East-West Link
Develop a plan to provide more outdoor gym equipment and promote its use to the community
Develop and deliver physical recreation programs and services targeting underrepresented groups and those with low physical activity, including by carrying out a gender equity audit of selected Council facilities
Complete the committed Princes Park master plan works and Royal Park works and develop a revised strategy of use of those sporting facilities
Audit a range of community and recreation facilities for gender equity
Draft an Active Melbourne Strategy 2016-21
Review, investigate and test opportunities with elite sporting organisations to provide measurable and achievable community recreation and health and well -being programs
(Major initiative) Complete Carlton Baths Stage 2: a refurbished swimming pool, new toddlers pool, plant room and landscaping
Support the community to access nutritious and sustainable food through our Food Policy
Build knowledge and skills to improve food security for all people in the municipality, as part of our Food Policy implementation
Initiate and support food-related activities that strengthen social connections and access to nutritious, sustainable food
Address gender and equity issues in all new Council strategies and plans
Improve access to interpreting and translation services to people who need support to access information about Council services and strategies
Strengthen partnerships to prevent crime and improve community safety
Advocate to the State Government for better late night (after 1am) and early morning transport options in the central city
Continue to improve the Safe City Cameras Program network
Implement Year 2 actions from the Beyond the Safe City Strategy 2014–2017
Apply crime-prevention-through-environmental-design principles to increase safety in public spaces
Implement crime-prevention-through-environmental-design improvements at Enterprize Park, King Street, Swanston Street, Flinders Street and North Melbourne, as per last year's audit
Consider the need to improve lighting in the Arden Street precinct, including the area used by The Huddle youth project
Work supporting this priority is included in our regular business for the year
Support the prevention of violence against society's most vulnerable people with a focus on women and children
Identify safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces and service sites in the municipality for women and children experiencing or at risk of violence
Work supporting this priority is included in our regular business for the year
Provide programs and events for people to participate in community activities and civic life and connect with each other
Investigate opportunities for involving local schools in civic events such as citizenship ceremonies
Provide two opportunities for school choirs from the municipality to perform during citizenship ceremonies
Celebrate cultural and language diversity through a range of cultural activities
Develop the Indigenous Heritage Action Plan 2015–2018
Develop and implement the Reconciliation Action Plan 2014–17
Review the Refugee Welcome Zone Declaration and recommit to activities that fall within local government’s responsibility
Renew the City of Melbourne Multicultural Policy or draft a Cultural Diversity Statement containing an acknowledgment and recognition of the contribution refugees and asylum seekers make
Facilitate and host activities for NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week and a range of cultural diversity events
Provide youth, aged and family-focused services for a growing community
Identify and pilot opportunities for people of different ages and abilities to exchange skills and develop connections
Facilitate the sufficient availability of quality childcare services in local areas and plan for future demand
Implement the supply and demand plan for child care
Building on studies and feasibility work done to date, indicate how and where the City of Melbourne will increase numbers of childcare places in neighbourhoods (including the QVM precinct) to meet future demand
Support the social and economic development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Implement 2015-18 Reconciliation Action Plan Year 1 actions including a partnership with the Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnership and establishment of a City of Melbourne reconciliation forum
Contribute to developing sustainable pathways out of homelessness
Work with the homelessness sector to develop a register of rough sleepers in the central city
Identify how we can support housing initiatives in the central city for young people and adult target groups including: 1) short-term accommodation; 2) housing-first / supportive housing; 3) women-specific housing
Implement Year 2 actions from the Homelessness Strategy 2014–2017
Improve the municipality's social and physical accessibility for all ages
Implement high priority actions identified in the Melbourne for All People Strategy
Improve the city for people with cognitive impairment through better signage, access to our facilities and community awareness
Continue to improve city accessibility in line with the Disability Discrimination Act
Identify locations to trial Sunday Streets - where cars in selected areas temporarily make way for community activities and recreation
Expand and improve public spaces through our Open Space Strategy with a particular focus on areas designated for rapid growth
Complete the Neil Street and Return to Royal Park projects and progress the Eastwood/Rankins, Hawke/Adderley and University Square Precinct projects as part of the Open Space Strategy implementation
Publish the results of the Places for People 2014 study and case studies
Develop a new contemporary master plan for the Domain Parklands
Review the Sunlight to Public Open Space policy to ensure open spaces receive an appropriate amount of sunlight
As part of the implementation of the Open Space Strategy, complete the Eastwood / Rankins project and progress the Railway/Miller, Hawke/Adderley, Boyd School, Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street open space expansion projects
Several actions not completed in 2014–15 will continue to be delivered in the 2015–16 financial year. Some relate to projects that span multiple years. Some actions were delayed due to unforeseeable external factors.