Lord Mayor’s message, January 2020

As we farewell the festive season and welcome 2020, now is the perfect time to reflect on what connects us as a community and how we can create a brighter future for all Melburnians.

As a caring city, our biggest priority is to help people who are experiencing homelessness and currently have little choice but to seek shelter on our streets.

There are many people who want to help, so the City of Melbourne has decided to harness this goodwill and set in motion a project to build more accommodation across inner Melbourne with wrap-around support services for people who are sleeping rough.

Every safe and supported bed will help people find a pathway out of homelessness and into secure accommodation.

Major partners and supporters to date include Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation – one of Melbourne’s independent community foundations – corporate giants

Lendlease and PwC, philanthropic groups such as Housing All Australians, and homelessness service providers.

We are also working closely with our neighbouring councils, and state and federal governments.

As this project progresses, we will keep you informed and welcome contributions from the community through Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. We know many Melburnians support us with this initiative, and together we can make a big difference.

This is a major priority for the City of Melbourne. I will be working closely with Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood, Councillor Beverley Pinder, our People City portfolio chair, fellow councillors and the City of Melbourne’s management team to deliver this innovative project.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp

Council highlights

– Transport Strategy 2030 adopted
– Affordable Housing Strategy endorsed for public consultation
– City River Strategy adopted
– Planning Scheme Amendment to ensure good design in the CBD adopted

– Reconciliation Action Plan endorsed for public consultation
– Queen Victoria Market heritage restoration underway
– Southbank Promenade designs endorsed for public consultation

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