26 March 2020
Committees representing more than twenty Australian and New Zealand cities and regions met via video link this week to discuss their contribution to assist their members with the current COVID-19 crisis and how to rebuild economic strength in the wake of the pandemic.
More than ever we need to collaborate on solutions that will ensure our cities and regions can return to the vibrant and safe places we have come to expect.
The Committees for Cities and Regions is a unique network in Australia and New Zealand of like-minded member-based organisations operating for the benefit of their respective communities.
Committee membership is drawn from the world of business, knowledge sector, local government, community and not for profit sectors and statutory authorities.
We have a great opportunity to tap into the collective wisdom of our diverse membership to find ways in which our community can work together to build resilience through adversity.
The primary objective must be the health and safety of our community, especially those working on the front line, such as health workers, supermarket retail staff and other essential services personnel.
Each of the committees will continue to adhere to safety standards and ensure that regular communication of key information is provided to thousands of individuals within the membership as they manage this crisis.
More broadly, economic recovery, and importantly, future jobs, depend on key areas which are shared across our cities and regions.
As a first step, we strongly encourage the efforts of governments to fund short term initiatives to help businesses and Not for Profits survive to be positioned to rebound in the recovery phase.
While this will be a whole of economy effort, here are some of the sectors that should be turbocharged on the road to recovery:
How can the “Committees for” Network help?
The Committees’ cross-sectoral membership provides unique business insights and sounding boards for governments.
Our “Committees for” are not politically motivated. They are a unifying voice and do not advance the self-interest of any individual member organisation.
That is why we are uniquely positioned to bring all sectors in the community together to collaborate in support of recovery efforts. We will be using our networks and communications channels as well as links into state and federal governments, to provide their support towards rebuilding communities and the economy.
Now more than ever we need cross-sectoral and impartial collaboration to help us on the road to recovery.
But we can’t do it without your support.
Financial support for our members and for our Committees will help us survive and must be considered a sound investment in our nations’ recovery.
Read the original media release here.