Spring has arrived in the City of Melbourne and with it a renewed sense of optimism about our city’s future.
It has been a little over three months since I had the honour of being sworn in as Lord Mayor and I have launched myself into the role with enthusiasm.
I grew up amid the bustle of Flinders Lane and my grandfather’s millinery business. Ever since, Melbourne has been the epicentre of my passions – as CEO of the Committee for Melbourne, a director of Collingwood Football Club, Victorian Agent-General in London and, of course, as mother to my sons.
My approach to making our city better and better is simply listening – really listening – to the interests of residents and businesses and then taking action. We are already working hard on areas we need to manage better, including homelessness, waste management, safety and the Queen Victoria Market renewal.
It is also exciting to see Melbourne blossoming as a global centre of excellence for many emerging industry sectors, with strong capabilities in biotechnology, medical and scientific research, higher education, and sustainable and industrial design.
Meanwhile, our vibrant public realm continues to delight locals and visitors alike; we can take pride in our green spaces, arts, dining, retail, major festivals and sporting events.
Looking to the future, we have much to be optimistic about. Our city has a proud history of bold visions and we need that kind of thinking now, because Melbourne is growing so quickly. Among our plans, I am committed to bringing the community, business and other key stakeholders together to help make Melbourne the first 5G city in Australia, and creating the Green Line – 2.5 kilometres of elevated green space above the rail yards with paths for walking and biking.
As you can tell, I feel very passionate about our city’s future. Just as our forebears did, I want to grab hold of bold visions and help make them a reality.
Importantly, I will not lose sight of our essential functions – to provide services, deliver excellent outcomes and advocate for the people of Melbourne. This is how, together, we will shape the future for our city.
This spring, I encourage you to get out and enjoy our City of Wellbeing – walk, cycle, play, eat good food and connect with your community. And don’t forget to share your adventures with #melbmoment
Lord Mayor Sally Capp