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Doing what counts in a landmark new year

1 January 2024

The City of Melbourne is set for a milestone year as major works start on the Greenline Project and Queen Victoria Market Southern Site development, Make Room opens its doors, the Clean Team takes its efforts to the next level, and the city hosts the biggest events program in the country.

Melbourne sparkled for its New Year’s Eve celebrations, with around 500,000 people enjoying a dazzling fireworks and laser display from 27 CBD rooftops.

It follows a spectacular four weeks of festive fun in the city as part of the much-loved Christmas Festival, which brought more than 1.7 million people to the city – boosting business for traders.

These popular events round out another busy year for the City of Melbourne, focused on delivering what matters most for the community.

In June, Council handed down its 2023–24 Budget, which included significant investments to boost cleanliness and safety, green our city, and grow Melbourne’s events, culture and creative program.

Other notable achievements in 2023 include:

  • Enticing more than 4.6 million people to the city to enjoy 64 Council-run or supported events – pumping $152 million into the economy
  • Attracting 67 major projects to the city through Invest Melbourne, creating more than 1,650 jobs and $430 million in capital expenditure
  • Delivering more than $2.4 million in grant funding to support local business owners
  • Opening narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services, housing more than 30,000 books – 20 per cent of which were borrowed within the first three weeks
  • Welcoming more than 1 million people to our seven library branches, who borrowed nearly 1 million books, and 270,000 eBooks and audiobooks
  • Starting construction on the landmark Make Room project to give our most vulnerable community members a safe and secure roof over their heads
  • Delivering the Melbourne Service Coordination Project and supporting 85 people previously sleeping rough into long term housing
  • Opening the Queen Victoria Market’s new Food Hall – a modern indoor dining destination to attract more visitors
  • Delivering the Greenline Project Master Plan, and appointing a contractor to deliver Site 1 of the Birrarung Marr precinct
  • Opening the redeveloped Brens Pavilion, providing clubs and community groups with better, more accessible facilities
  • Awarding the first Young Melburnian of the Year, Georgie Stone OAM, alongside the 2023 Melburnian of the Year, Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM
  • Supporting local creatives and arts organisations with $4.3 million across 160 projects
  • Installing more than 15,000m2 of bluestone across the city’s pavements
  • Removing 827 tonnes of dumped rubbish, a 31 per cent improvement on last year
  • Diverting more than 1,800 tonnes of organic waste from landfill
  • Planting more than 2,100 trees, adding to the city’s canopy cover
  • Supported the distribution of 32,000 subsidised community meals and $33,000 worth of food vouchers to some of the city’s most vulnerable members.

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp

“Melbourne dazzled as hundreds of thousands of revelers came into the city to soak up the vibe and ring in the New Year safely and in style.”

“It was a sparkling night in the city, and hugely important for our traders – as Melburnians and visitors pumped tens of millions of dollars into the local economy.”

“Business confidence is reaching new heights, with the average daily spend in November peaking at $27.6 million – providing renewed hope for city traders and our thriving hospitality sector.”

“2023 has been a remarkable year for Melbourne, with the city proving once again it is the events, sports, arts, and hospitality capital of Australia.”

“With more people than ever choosing to live in Melbourne, 2024 is set to be a milestone year as we continue doing what counts – delivering a vibrant, clean and safe city for all Melburnians.”

“We thank everyone who has contributed to our city this year – from business owners and residents to students and visitors.”

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1 January 2024

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