Future Melbourne Network

Building on widespread and growing dissatisfaction among Melburnians on the direction that current planning policies are taking the city, the Future Melbourne Network takes a look at the issues facing the city and what can be done to create a better future for Melbourne. Addressing the key challenges in planning the city’s future – transport, climate change, housing, financing infrastructure, and so forth – a public lecture series presented the perspectives of a wide range of practitioners, activists and researchers.

The result was an eBook titled Melbourne: What’s Next?, which summarises the presentations at the public forums – with contributions from Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, public transport campaigner Danae Bosler and eminent climate scientist Professor Dave Griggs – framed by research by leading academics. It also includes excerpts from public engagement with the Future Melbourne Network project, with ideas contributed on the Future Melbourne Network website and social media channels, as well as at the forums themselves.

The ebook is intended for those interested in exploring the challenges facing the city, how these can be tackled, and how ordinary Melburnians can understand planning for a better future as a process that involves all, rather than just a limited range of professionals. It is hoped that this ebook will stimulate lively and informed debate on planning issues ahead of the upcoming Victorian election, and ensure that politicians and decision makers work together with communities to create a better future for Melbourne.

Research outputs


Whitzman C., Gleeson B. & Sheko A. (eds) (2014) Melbourne: What's Next?. Melbourne: University of Melbourne

Seminar videos

A better future for Melbourne: what's your vision?. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Major Brendan Nottle, Robert McGauran and Micaela Drieberg

Making ends meet: jobs and housing. Tony Nicholson, Mark Spiller, Prof Shane Murray and Prof Carolyn Whitzman

Climate and design: a cool future for a hot Melbourne. Prof Dave Griggs, Caroline Pidcock, Kirsty Albion, Rob Adams AM

Transport: the best way to get there. Janine Young, Chris Lowe, Griff Davis, Danae Bosler

Implementation: getting our act together. Andrew Holden, Kate Roffey, Dr Andrew Hollows, Prof Brendan Gleeson