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Passion for Melbourne. Proven Leadership.

Managing Melbourne’s Finances, Sustainability and Livability, Economy & Jobs, City Safety

Team Doyle

What we stand for

Safeguarding Melbourne’s Prosperity

We share a passion and vision for Melbourne as a sophisticated, competitive forward thinking city.

Our Plan:

  • Maintain record of lowest rate rises in the state.
  • Invest a record $1 million annually into small business and start up grants, which is more than triple the current allocation.
  • Increase funding for new events and festivals that are integral in attracting people to the city; thereby supporting our businesses.
  • Ensure Council programs are geared to promoting opportunities and growth for business.
  • Make it easier to apply for community and business grants.
  • Continue our focus on the Retail and Hospitality Strategy and the Tourism Plan in partnership with the Victorian Government.
  • Work with business incubators, accelerators and the universities to generate activity in the city.
  • Advocate for international students to be given an extended work visa in Australia to start businesses and promote trade.
  • Continue the Lord Mayor’s business roundtable and trade missions to attract new businesses and jobs and drive prosperity for Melbourne.

Our Record:

  • The Team Doyle track record means the city’s economy has grown by $20 billion, to now be worth $91 billion. We have also added 111,000 new jobs in ten years. No one can dispute the health of Melbourne’s economy.
  • Team Doyle has the proven track record to safeguard this vital city economy. That is the number one issue in this election campaign; because without a strong economy and without prudent financial management, you cannot deliver on promises.
  • The Team Doyle record is annual investment of $45 million in our vital Retail and Hospitality Strategy, Tourism Strategy and delivery of events, which has generated an economic benefit of $85 million.

Saving Queen Victoria Market

The renewal of the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) presents a once in a century opportunity to create one of the world’s great market precincts. Our vision is simple: a thriving working market and vibrant meeting place in the heart of the city.

Our Plan:

Only Team Doyle will preserve, celebrate and enhance the market’s iconic features, atmosphere and heritage, retain affordability while ensuring the market can compete in an evolving retail environment.

Doing nothing is not an option. QVM will not be viable without this renewal. That is what a delegation of traders told the Lord Mayor four years ago when they asked Council to invest a significant amount in the market.

This ambitious project has the potential to create 9000 new jobs at the market, 12,000 jobs in the surrounding precinct and thousands more in construction, as highlighted in our original business case for renewal in 2012. The renewal will grow visitation to QVM by 70 per cent, triple the retail spending and generate $600 million more in economic activity to the State.

Renewal is also expected to deliver an estimated net benefit of up to $1.2 billion and a benefit to cost ratio of 6:1, according to a recent independent report from SGS. That’s why we are prepared to make the largest investment in Council’s history; $250 million.

Only Team Doyle can work in partnership with the market, traders, customers and State and Federal Governments to renew QVM to ensure it becomes a market of markets for future generations. This is a project of State significance, which requires strong and proven stewardship to see it through to fruition. We have also started the process to apply for National Heritage Listing with our ultimate aim to secure UNESCO World Heritage Listing.

The renewal project master plan (which has already been approved by the current Council) includes:

  • Creating essential ‘back of house areas’ for open sheds with lock up storage and cool rooms;
  • Dedicated loading zones and pick-up areas;
  • Sustainable waste disposal;
  • Access to electricity and hot and cold water for traders;
  • Getting cars and asphalt off the site of Melbourne’s first cemetery and converting it into a new public open space for the whole community to enjoy;
  • Moving the current 720 space car park into the Council’s proposed development of the Munro site;
  • Large public open spaces and event spaces which have the potential to host festivals and events; drawing more people to the market and more customers for traders; and
  • The potential to offer different markets at different times of the day and night to ensure the market is always open for customers and visitors.

For more detailed information on the renewal project, please visit the project page.

The Lord Mayor announced on 12 September 2016 that Council will work with PDG Corporation to deliver a leading development that will include affordable housing units, a 120 place childcare facility, family and children’s service centre, community centre and kitchen, artist studios and city room gallery, market customer car parking and complimentary retail.

It is important to note that the Munro site is not part of the market. It was a privately-owned site that Council purchased. While Council was not the highest bidder for the site the Munro family agreed to sell it to the City of Melbourne to secure its historic legacy. Council purchased this site to inoculate against bad development i.e. a supermarket, fast food outlets etc.

Our Record:

Traders, customers, tourists and politicians have been talking about the need to upgrade QVM for more than a century. No amount of nostalgia will bring the market up to the standard required to continue to operate into the future. We want to see the market thrive, not fail. That is why we have taken five years to ensure that we get our planning right: we have completed a business case, reviews of the retail strategy for QVM, four rounds of community consultation; all of which have fed into the master plan for QVM’s future.


How to vote

To Vote for the leadership team of Robert Doyle and Arron Wood, number from 1 to 7 on the pink ballot paper with Robert Doyle number 1 and follow the How to Vote card numbering sequence.  To elect Team Doyle Councillors on the blue ballot paper simply put a 1 in the Team Doyle box only. You can download or print our easy to follow How to Vote card below.

Media & campaign updates

Saving QVM – Doing Nothing is Not An Option

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today announced Team Doyle’s policy to deliver the Queen Victorian Market (QVM) Precinct Renewal Project: the largest investment in Council’s history. “Only Team Doyle will preserve, celebrate and enhance the market’s…

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Team Doyle Commits To Safeguard Melbourne’s Prosperity

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle said protecting and boosting our economy is the most important issue in the City of Melbourne election, which is why it is Team Doyle’s first policy announcement. “Without a…

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