It has been another busy year at The Ian Potter Foundation. We have successfully transitioned to new funding guidelines aligned with our vision for a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia. In partnership with The Myer Foundation, we have launched an exciting initiative to establish an independent water policy centre and are now actively seeking other funders to join this undertaking.
I have also had the pleasure of attending the opening of several significant capital projects that the Foundation has helped to fund through its major grants stream. In May, The Ian Potter Performing Arts Centre opened at Monash University’s Clayton campus and in June the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music housed at The Ian Potter Southbank Centre in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct was officially opened. In July, I attended the opening of Orygen’s new Youth Health Centre in Parkville and just earlier this month I joined our Chairman, Mr Charles Goode AC, and other Board members to celebrate the opening of The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, part of the State Library of Victoria’s Vision 2020 project to renovate and re-invigorate this 160-year-old public institution.
Standing in the newly refurbished Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, I reflected on the enduring nature of this major capital project and the important part that philanthropy plays in supporting great public institutions to continue to meet the needs of the wider community.
Next year, we look forward to seeing the completion of several more capital projects supported by the Foundation’s major grants – The Hedberg at the University of Tasmania, the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, the Sunshine Skills Hub at Victoria University and Queensland Ballet’s refurbished Thomas Dixon Centre.
Each of these projects will realise new state-of-the-art facilities that will provide improved educational opportunities, communal spaces, community engagement and connection and be a source of inspiration to the wider community.
In supporting these projects, the Foundation is fulfilling its mission to support outstanding Australian institutions to pursue excellence and develop Australia’s creativity and capacity as a nation.
On behalf of the Board and our staff, I wish you all a safe and happy festive season and look forward to a productive and rewarding 2020.