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Media releases

Igniting the city after dark to boost trading  

An extraordinary outdoor circus, a vibrant pop-up festival precinct and a celebration of lights will illuminate Melbourne after dark – encouraging more people into the city to boost the local economy.

Major milestone to build Greenline’s riverfront entrance  

Early works to unlock a world-class riverfront of boardwalks and vibrant new community spaces will begin later this year, with the appointment of a contractor to deliver the first stage of the Greenline Project.    Symal Infrastructure has been awarded the contract to complete Site...

Epic events to boost city visitation and trade

An orchestral performance under the stars, a new festive celebration and a vibrant showcase of African cultures are among dozens of events set to attract more visitors, create jobs and boost business.

Rolling out fashion runways to iconic city venues  

Melbourne Fashion Week 2023 will transform the city with showstopping runways, unforgettable experiences and head-turning styles across a range of spectacular venues – from iconic theatres to a sky-high tower and an immersive art space. The city’s longest-running fashion event supports the...

New sports pavilion getting more women and girls in the game 

More women and girls are kicking goals and enjoying their favourite sport, thanks to a game-changing new pavilion for sports clubs at Royal Park. The City of Melbourne’s $6.9 million redevelopment of Brens Pavilion is now complete, providing clubs and community groups with an inclusive home to...

Freeing up more homes in the city

The City of Melbourne will encourage short-term accommodation operators to shift their properties onto the long-term rental market to deliver more homes for people wanting to live in Melbourne.

Brie-lliant market trader wins Small Business Award

The world's only all-Australian cheesemonger and creator of Melbourne’s famous triple cheese and truffle toastie has been named Melbourne’s Small Business of the Year.   RIPE Cheese, one of Queen Victoria Market’s beloved Dairy Hall traders, was recognised for its impressive business...

Championing small businesses in Melbourne

The City of Melbourne is boosting small businesses, with $500,000 to support new and existing traders and breathe new life into empty shopfronts.   The Small Business Grants Program will return for the first time since 2019, providing grants of up to $20,000 to support innovation and...

Boosting e-scooter safety for all Melburnians

The City of Melbourne is advocating to the Victorian Government and working with e-scooter operators to improve safety for all road users, with new technology to prevent riders from using footpaths and cluttering city spaces.

More city businesses set up shop to boost trade

More Melbourne businesses are choosing to enhance their retail and hospitality offerings, with new data revealing permit approvals for upgrades have nearly doubled in the past year. The City of Melbourne’s latest Melbourne Economy Snapshot shows more than 50 businesses applied to upgrade their...
Media contacts

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Weekend on-call number: 03 9658 8736

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Media staff
Sallese Gibson, Media Manager

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

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal
  • Invest Melbourne
  • Rates and valuations
  • Emergency Management
  • Council budget / reporting
  • Council elections, policy, governance
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Melbourne Awards
  • Melbourne City Recovery Fund
  • Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund   
Tom Whitty, Senior Media Advisor

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

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Graffiti and cleaning
  • Waste and recycling
  • Rough sleeping and homelessness
  • City safety and security
  • Economy
  • Tourism
  • Arts and culture
  • Business support
  • Small business, retail and hospitality
  • Moomba
Maddie Kellaway, Media Advisor

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

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Environment, including trees, parks and water
  • Sustainable building
  • Environment, including trees, parks and water
  • Sustainable building
  • Now or Never Festival
  • Christmas Festival
  • Transport, including parking and cycling
  • Aboriginal Melbourne
Kylie Kitchen, Media Advisor

Email: kylie.kitchen@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Tel: 0403 168 147

Portfolio responsibilities

  • Infrastructure
  • City design
  • Capital works
  • Building and construction
  • The Greenline Project
  • Property and Council real estate
  • International students
  • Lord Mayor’s Small Business Awards
  • Melbourne Fashion Week
  • Melbourne Conversations
  • Animal management (domestic)
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Community and recreation
  • Children and family services
  • Technology and digital innovation
Hannah Lewon, External Communications Officer

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

Portfolio responsibilities

  • City planning
  • Heritage
  • Libraries
  • Grant programs and sponsorship
  • Busking and street entertainment
  • Pedestrian data
  • Night-time economy
  • Firelight Festival
  • Only in the City

 

Kosta Pandos, Head of External Communications

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

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