This year has been all about bringing back to the buzz to Melbourne following lockdowns and restrictions.
The City of Melbourne is doing everything in its power to help people and businesses, both big and small, weather the COVID-19 storm.
Our city businesses are critical to the fabric of our city. We need to work together to help our business owners and their teams which in turn will make sure our city returns to its vibrant and thriving best.
So far this year we’ve had outdoor dining, Docklands Dollars, Carlton Cash and most recently the Melbourne Money program, all designed to make it even more irresistible for city visitors and workers to spend time in our municipality.
I’m delighted to say that all these programs were a runaway success, with patrons spending up on food and drinks at restaurants, cafes, pubs and at hospitality venues across the city. This also provided a boost to other city businesses including retail and entertainment.
The $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund and the $200 million Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund are valuable partnerships with the Victorian Government to boost confidence across our municipality by supporting initiatives that attract and engage locals, visitors and workers.
We have also recently finalised the City of Melbourne Council Plan 2021–2025. The Council Plan sets out our strategic direction and commitment to the community for the next four years, including what we will deliver, how we will deliver it and how we will measure progress.
We’re starting that delivery immediately with our biggest ever investment in infrastructure as part of our 2021–22 Budget, which was endorsed by Council on 29 June. These projects will deliver more than 2800 jobs when we need them most, but will also set the city up for prosperity and liveability for generations to come.
As part of the record $244.7 million capital works investment we will spend a massive $114.1 million on new infrastructure such as footpaths and roadways, more than $44.2 million on renewing assets, $72.3 million on upgrade and expansion works.
Exciting, city defining, projects to look out for include the Greenline, Queen Victoria Market precinct renewal and the Kensington Community and Recreation Centre redevelopment.
Plus our city services have not missed out with important investments in new books for our many wonderful libraries, as well as ongoing support for our community hubs, child care centres, and maternal and child health services. All of which contribute towards building a thriving, happy and healthy community.
While we have the programs, projects and finances lined up to help our city, we can all play a role in protecting our city’s future. So as we enter the second half of the year, let’s all do our bit to help Melbourne.
Let’s get vaccinated, let’s come back into the office and let’s treat ourselves to that extra cup of coffee with colleagues, that special night out with friends, or that new jumper for winter, because every effort we make will make a difference to business owners devising whether they can keep their doors open and keep their teams employed.
I hope you will join me on this important journey and I can’t wait to see you in the city.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp