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6 weeks, 6 issues


21 August 2020, 11:00am

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Episode 6: The future of Melbourne

Friday 21 August, 11.00am

Melbourne is the epicentre of Australia’s second wave of COVID-19. The impact of Stage Four restrictions on businesses, institutions and individuals has been profound. How will Melbourne emerge from this period and what will the city look like once it does?

Join host and State Library CEO Kate Torney with guest Justin Hanney (Chief Executive Officer, City of Melbourne) as they take your questions on the future of Melbourne.


Justin Hanney is currently CEO of City of Melbourne. He was previously Head of the Employment, Investment and Trade Group within the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, with oversight of key entities including Visit Victoria, Development Victoria, Trade and Investment Victoria and Small Business Victoria. Prior to that, Justin was CEO at the City of Yarra and the City of Wangaratta, the CEO of statutory body Regional Development Victoria and Deputy Secretary at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. ​

Kate Torney (moderator): has been CEO at State Library Victoria since 2015. Prior to this, she spent six years as the Director of News at ABC, capping off a 20-year career there. A testament to her passion for creativity and knowledge, Kate is the Chair of National and State Libraries Australia, and serves on the boards of Circus Oz, The Conversation and the Judith Neilson Institute of Journalism and Ideas. In 2020, she was awarded an Order of Australia for her services to broadcast media and to the cultural sector.

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In this new weekly online talk series, we invite top policy experts and decision-makers leading the planning for Victoria’s recovery to speak about the big issues we face as we move forward.

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