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February 27
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Vic’s Bar
215 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000
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Dangerous Dinner: Nymbyism and the Housing Crisis

Dangerous Dinner

Hosted by:
Trisha Avery
Prof Ian Dunn AM

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


At a time when the housing shortage poses the greatest problem for both State and Federal Governments, it has been realised that we can’t simply expand our major cities into hitherto farming country. At the same time, many residents in established areas express opposition to any proposal for greater density in their localities.

How do governments manage the competing priorities?

The latest controversy over the ex-Xavier College land proposed for multiple apartments well demonstrates the problem.

In a relaxed, intimate dinner party format, we draw on the diverse expertise of our members sharing their ideas and experiences on complex or controversial topics; to learn from others, challenge assumptions, spark new ideas or point the way for potential actions.

Dangerous because the topics may be difficult to discuss, ask the silent questions, challenge thinking, unpack pressing issues, test emerging trends. Safe because we respect others’ views, it is polite not offensive, under Chatham House rule and listening with the intent to learn.

Once a month, you will be able to join your fellow Melbourne Forum members for a robust discussion on a range of themes in dynamic company and over a light meal. The focus is on ‘food for thought’ with shared conversations and shared platters as part of the collegiality.

Our Member Forums are a wonderful way to spend more time getting to know others around the table. Melbourne Forum is often regarded as a community who comes together because they are keen to engage for a better civil society. As one member explained, they are “… as good a connection to the other members present as I have got from any Melbourne Forum event I have been to.”

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