During the past three years, LVI has hosted 65 delegations from every continent (except Antarctica!) Hosting delegations is core business for LVI and the perfect opportunity to build international relationships, by sharing knowledge and expertise.

While hosting delegations is an excellent platform from which to share Victoria’s liveability expertise, it also provides a window into other countries’ experiences in developing more liveable cities and places.

Most delegations are made up of government representatives, businesses and industry leaders. They can be small and intimate groups, or as large as a classroom, with close to 30 delegates visiting Victoria at a time.

Working closely with Global Victoria, LVI helps to curate meaningful programs for each delegation, drawing on knowledge of liveability sector leaders in Victoria and matching Victorian businesses to the challenges currently facing delegates in their home countries.

While delegates are often in Victoria to see industry best practice in action, inbound missions are equally an opportunity for Victorian businesses to learn about new ideas being trialled or implemented overseas.

When Bineesha P, Executive Director, International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM) visited Victoria from India, she appreciated that LVI had planned a program of networking opportunities and plant visits to learn about the latest practices in waste management.

While in Melbourne, Bineesha P and her delegation met with Peter Wearne, the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s General Manager of Facilities to discuss waste and wastewater management solutions in cricket stadiums; Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium is India’s first eco-stadium and a leader in wastewater management.

M Chinnaswamy stadium harvests rainwater to reuse within the premises, has a 400 KW solar rooftop plant that generates green energy – the first of its kind installation in the world – and has a 500-kg biogas plant.

Since this meeting, there’s been a steady exchange of expertise, ideas and resources between the IIWM and MCG. “It’s a connection that happened by chance,” says Bineesha. “Made possible through the relationship we now have with Melbourne and Victoria.”

Hosting 18 delegations on average each year, LVI has established positive and lasting relationships with governments, industry leaders, companies and universities around the world, in key overseas markets like India, China and Singapore.

It’s like you go over [to Victoria] with one idea, but if your eyes are open, you will see many new opportunities that can come about.
Bineesha P, Executive Director, International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM)

Latin America is an emerging market for LVI activity. There is now greater connectivity between Victoria and South America, with direct flights between Santiago and Melbourne. With the launch of Victoria’s Latin America Trade and Investment Strategy in 2018, LVI has worked with the VGTIO in Santiago to deliver programs for a delegation from Chile in urban design services with an interest in Melbourne’s expertise in Place Making, as well as delegations from Argentina to share expertise in water management.

Page last updated: 04/05/20