We’ve had the pleasure of working with Sally Capp over many years on a variety of events, and we couldn’t think of anyone more qualified and passionate about our great city. Peter caught up with Sally recently to talk about all things Melbourne for our latest edition of “White with one”.
Peter: How do you take your coffee?
I’m a tea person. Having had a bad experience with a Turkish coffee in Algeria back in the 1980’s – you don’t want all the details but now I’m tea only. I have up to six a day.
Peter: You are currently running for Lord Mayor of Melbourne, but what are some of your proudest moments/highlights of your outstanding career so far?
A couple come to mind. Heading up the Committee for Melbourne and also being Victoria’s Agent General in London has been excellent preparation for the role, if I’m fortunate enough to be elected. Other highlights include being one of the forces that established the Melbourne Open House program over 10 years ago and being on the Board of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. I’ve also been involved in a young women’s education program, which is something that’s meant a lot of me.
Peter: What is your favourite event to attend in Melbourne?
Being a Collingwood supporter, I have to say ANZAC Day at the MCG. The pre-match ceremony is truly inspirational. Also, the Spring Racing Carnival is another favourite, as no one does it better than the VRC. I’m also really looking forward to the Harry Potter show coming here next year, as I can see myself going a few times.
Peter: Why is Melbourne a great city for events?
I think it gives us a focal point to be able to celebrate all that is great about our city. Where else can you go to an art exhibition and then onto the comedy festival in the same day – there is an experience for everyone somewhere in the city. It is like everything is totally integrated and provides a unique experience.
Peter: What event would you like to see in Melbourne?
I’ve always thought an international street art festival showcasing our great laneways would be ideal. It would attract new visitors and importantly, highlight us as a 24/7 city. I feel we should be using our laneways more and I think this would be a huge hit.
Peter: If you could be another Melburnian for a day, who would it be and why?
As funny as it sounds, being a worker on the docks in Melbourne. I’ve always been fascinated by the Port of Melbourne – don’t ask me why, so I’d like to spend a day there seeing how important it is to the city in terms of business.
Peter: Where is your favourite place to get a coffee?
Grossi Florentino Cellar Bar! Guy is simply an outstanding Melburnian and it’s a great place for a great coffee.
Peter: How do you see the role of Lord Mayor?
I’m all about being an open and inclusive leader and I know that’s something that the city really needs at the moment. We need to all do it together. Whether it be delivering the best services for ratepayers, to looking forward as to what our city needs to address as we continue to grow. I kind of see myself as Chair of the Board, with the board being all the rate payers.
Peter: How do you feel about the Worlds Most Liveable City tag?
I think we need to judge ourselves on a set of criteria which is a little more relevant than the vote of expats. What’s important to me are issues such as; housing, employment, congestion – in particular, how public transport operates, as well as our more disadvantaged residents. These are just the tip of the iceberg but we need to be judged on how they relate to our everyday lives. I’m not interested in just chasing other cities but being the best we can. It’s all about leadership and that’s what I want to bring to the table.
Peter: And one final really important question – if you are to become Lord Mayor, when Melbourne win a Grand Final, can I personally raise the flag at the Town Hall?
As a Collingwood supporter, I’ll be there before you but happy to oblige.
Peter: Sally, thank you so much for your time today and best of luck with the campaign.