Lord Mayor’s message, December 2020

Melbourne has endured a devastating and distressing year, but our resilience and sense of community helped us beat COVID-19 and begin our economic recovery.

After months of being locked down, our city streets are coming back to life with workers returning to the office, restaurants and cafes spilling out on to streets and laneways and events coming back to the city in COVID-safe ways.

Our focus at the City of Melbourne is now turned to economic and social recovery and revitalising the city we love.

Together with the Victorian Government, we established a joint $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund that is being used to invest in delivering events, supporting businesses to become COVID-safe and infrastructure projects to make the city more safe, accessible and sustainable.

The City of Melbourne is also continuing to provide one-on-one support to businesses through our Business Concierge service.

We are seeing green shoots as our economic recovery starts but we know there is much more work that needs to be done. The only way to sustain this recovery is through consistent effort and cooperation.

While prioritising the COVID-19 response and recovery throughout most of the year, we also delivered long-term strategic pieces of work such as the Affordable Housing Strategy and the Hoddle Grid Heritage Review.

Our new Council team was recently sworn in after the local government elections. The diversity of skills and experience of all councillors will be a huge asset to the City of Melbourne as we focus on delivering our commitments to the community.

We all understand the enormous challenges our city faces at this time and we will work tirelessly to ensure Melbourne remains marvellous.

I feel confident that after all the disruption we’ve faced, we can look forward to more stability in 2021. I look forward to seeing you back in our wonderful city.