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Media releases

That’s a wrap: Delivering for Melburnians in 2022

Magnetic Melbourne is back to its vibrant best, as locals and visitors alike flock to the city in record numbers to enjoy our sensational summer line-up of events, retail, hospitality and creativity.

Grants to support Melbourne’s creative resurgence

Melbourne will be filled to the brim with dozens of new creative offerings, thanks to new funding to support and grow our vibrant arts sector. The City of Melbourne has allocated more than $175,000 across 49 projects through its 2022 Quick Response Arts Grants program – the only fast turnaround...

Boosting Melbourne’s magnetic events calendar

Melbourne’s 2023 events calendar will be bolstered with a series of unmissable festivals, events and experiences, thanks to the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government’s $5 million City Revitalisation Event Support Program (CRESP). Fourteen event producers have been awarded funding to...

Hubs to support more Melburnians experiencing homelessness     

The City of Melbourne has partnered with the Salvation Army to deliver the City East Support Hub. The City of Melbourne is boosting its support for Melburnians experiencing homelessness, partnering with the Salvation Army to offer meals and outreach services at a night-time café in the CBD. The...

Melbourne’s urban forest set to sprawl

Tram stops will be transformed into lush eco-installations and community gardens will pop up in unlikely places through $500,000 in funding to create a greener, more sustainable city.

Wetlands make a return to Yarra River – Birrarung

Native wetlands are returning to the heart of Melbourne, with the launch of the trial Floating Wetlands project on the Yarra River - Birrarung. Five large wetlands will be towed onto the river in the coming weeks, occupying three prime locations at Yarra’s Edge near Webb Bridge, the Turning Basin...

Community backs plans to Power Melbourne

More than 75 per cent of Melburnians support the installation of neighbourhood batteries in their local area, according to the City of Melbourne’s first Power Melbourne community survey.

The Greenline Project secures top design studios

Artist impression of the Greenline Project - Birrarung Marr precinct boardwalk Melburnians are one step closer to seeing the stunning promenades and open spaces of City of Melbourne’s Greenline Project, with two award-winning landscape architecture and design studios winning the prestigious...

Landmark Make Room project another step closer

The City of Melbourne is racing towards the funding target for its landmark Make Room initiative, securing a $1 million philanthropic grant and launching a new fundraising campaign. 
Media contacts

General media enquiries: media@melbourne.vic.gov.au

Weekend on-call number: 03 9658 8736

Media team contacts are for legitimate media queries only. For all other queries, please visit the City of Melbourne Contact Us page.

Media staff
Sallese Gibson, Media Manager

Email: sallese.gibson@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Tel: 0479 179 468

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal
  • Rates and valuations
  • Emergency Management
  • Council budget / reporting
  • Council elections, policy, governance
  • Moomba
  • Lord Mayor’s Commendations
  • Firelight Festival
  • Melbourne City Recovery Fund
  • Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund   
  • Melbourne Knowledge Week
Patrick Phillips, Senior Media Advisor

Email: patrick.phillips@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Tel: 0427 723 437

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Major infrastructure projects, including Greenline
  • Capital works and city design
  • Transport, including parking and cycling
  • Property and council real estate
  • Planning and heritage
  • Building and construction
  • International students
  • Aboriginal Melbourne
Tom Whitty, Senior Media Advisor

Email: tom.whitty@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Tel: 0481 064 023

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Graffiti and cleaning
  • Rough sleeping and homelessness
  • City safety and security
  • Arts and culture
  • Business support
  • Small business, retail and hospitality
  • Christmas Festival
  • New Year’s Eve
Maddie Kellaway, Media Advisor

Email: maddison.kellaway@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Tel: 0403 984 481

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Children and family services
  • Environment, including trees, parks and water
  • Sustainable building
  • Precinct activations
  • Community and recreation
  • Waste and recycling
  • Animal management (domestic)
  • Smart cities, data and innovation
  • Melbourne Fashion Week
  • Melbourne Music Week
Hannah Lewon, External Communications Officer

Email: hannah.lewon@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Tel: 0468 675 991

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Libraries
  • Event grants and sponsorship
  • Busking and street entertainment
  • Pedestrian data
  • Tourism
  • Night-time economy
  • Animal management (domestic)
  • Melbourne Awards
  • Lord Mayor’s Small Business Awards

 

Kosta Pandos, (Acting) Head of External Communications

Email: kosta.pandos@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Tel: 0481 099 298

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