Fightback: World's Most Liveable City

Melburnians were urged to kick negativity and help turbo-charge Victoria's post-COVID recovery at a cocktail party held to launch Melbourne Day Committee's 2022 program of events.

"Melbourne is bouncing back to be stronger, better and more marvellous than ever," Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker says.

"We can reclaim our No 1 World's Most Liveable title by pulling together and tapping into what made us marvellous in the first place – our unbreakable community spirit, belief in Melbourne and unstoppable entrepreneurial can-do."

Marvellous like never before

John Deeks master of ceremonies at the Melbourne Day launch party at Block Arcade

Master of ceremonies: John Deeks at the Block Arcade cocktail party

Held at the historic Block Arcade, glistening anew after seizing the COVID lockdowns to complete a top-down renovation, the 16 March event outlined how to get back Melbourne's sparkle and it's No 1 city prize.

Committee member John Panteli says: "It was fantastic to feel Melbourne alive again. It's been so long since we were able to all come together as Melburnians. Work to reclaim our No 1 city title begins now."

The 2022 Melbourne Day program includes:

Celebrate 187 years – 30 August 2022

We lve Melbourne

A Melbourne Day cupcake with one candle.

Team up, Melbourne –  bring on comeback city

Your energy, heart and soul that made us one of the world's most liveable cities - an envy of the world - is unstoppable.

The mojo is storming back. We're reopening to be the Melbourne you love, like never before.

The birthday party of the year

Join the celebrations on Melbourne Day, 30 August, to cheer your city and hoist the Melbourne and Aboriginal flags atop the 20m flagpole at Enterprize Park.

After COVID lockdowns, Melbourne Day public festivities, including popular Ferguson Plarre birthday cupcakes, return on 30 August – and at an upgraded Enterprize Park!

It's time to cheer Melbourne and celebrate all that's great. It's time to stand for Melbourne and keep Melbourne marvellous.

Don't stop until we get back our No 1 World's Most Liveable City trophy.

Meet Melbourne's new junior mayor – Daniel Lan

with thanks to 13CABS

Daniel Lan - Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne 2021
Watch out, litterbugs: Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne 2021 Daniel Lan

The Northside Christian College, Bundoora, student won the Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne competition, edging out four other finalists.

"I love the street vibe of Melbourne. There are so many beautiful street artworks around every corner and every alleyway," Daniel said.

Now in its ninth year, the Melbourne Day Committee-run competition aims to raise awareness about Melbourne and our city's incredible Aboriginal history and culture – and instil civic pride by highlighting our journey since being founded on 30 August 1835.

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Toot for Melbourne Day

Melbourne Day-mobile

Hook Turn maestro: Honk if you see chairman Campbell Walker's 4WD "Melbourne Day-mobile".

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Melbourne Day 2022 launch party at Block Arcade

Melbourne Day 2022 cocktail party

Getting back to No 1: Leading Melburnians call for efforts to reopen, reignite and shine a positive light to win back our city's No 1 Most Liveable title.

Pictured: Dr Peter Larkins, Mary-Louise Sante, Brendan Tohill and John Panteli.

Melburnian of the Year Peggy O'Neal AO

Peggy O'Neal 2021 Melburnian of the Year

Prominent businesswoman and Richmond Football Club President Peggy O'Neal AO is 2021-2022 Melburnian of the Year for her work in advocating for women in leadership roles.

Now in its 18th year, the Melbourne Awards celebrate the inspirational achievements of people and organisations whose passion and commitment help make Melbourne one of the most liveable cities in the world.

The awards, started in 2005 by Melbourne Day Committee and the City of Melbourne, have expanded to honour significant contributions in the areas of environmental sustainability, community, multiculturalism and strengthening Melbourne's profile.

New Junior Lord Mayor
Daniel Lan

Northside Christian College, Bundoora, student Daniel Lan won the competition, edging out four other finalists.

"I love the street vibe of Melbourne. There are so many beautiful street artworks around every corner and every alleyway," Daniel said.

Win $250 cash prizes

Support the Junior Lord Mayor program, download the 13cabs app!

Image urging download the 13cabs app and support the Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne program run by Melbourne Day Committee

The changing face of Victoria virtual tour

The State Library's exhibition has been transformed into a virtual tour to explore online. Learn about the spirit of activism and invention, and its impact on modern Victoria, through four everyday themes: water, workers’ rights, camping and coffee.

Showcased are more than 150 objects, artworks and photographs revealing the large and small ways you can make a difference in shaping our world. 90 per cent of the items have not been exhibited before.

Junior Lord Mayor 2020

Congratulations to Penleigh Essendon Grammar student Alicia Gec for winning the gold mayoral chains.

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