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The 1996 Melbourne Olympic Bid Committee derived its existence and purpose from Clause 4 of the contract, signed on 17 November 1988, between the Australian Olympic Federation (AOF), the Melbourne City Council (MCC) and the State Government. Clause 4.1 of that contract required the city to create and constitute a Bid Committee within two months of the date of the contract.
Following the Cabinet decision (Meeting No 319, Decision No 4817, 28 November 1988) the Committee became a public company, limited by a guarantee. The company administered a Trust Fund called the Melbourne Olympic Fund into which all public and sector contributions towards the cost of the candidature were received.
The Committees main mission was to secure for Melbourne its nomination by the International Olympics Committee (in September 1990) to conduct the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The Committee (MOC) was responsible for development of a successful bid by providing broad policy guidelines and strategic directions. The Committees functions were complimentary to the Governments objective of securing the 1996 Olympic Games for Melbourne.
The Melbourne Olympic Committee comprised 21 members with the following structure:
4 members representing the State Government (inc. the Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister responsible for Major Projects)
4 members representing the Australian Olympic Federation
2 representatives of the Melbourne City Council
1 member representing the Trades Hall Council
1 representative of the Federal Government
8 members representing the Sector
1 being the Chief Executive Officer
To enable the Committee to effectively carry out its responsibilities - given the limited frequency of meetings and relatively short time to plan the bid it was necessary to form an integrated committee structure and delegate certain responsibilities (with commensurate authority) to sub-committees, such as:
Executive Committee - its first priority was to manage the resources and business affairs
Business Support Committee - to raise funds, provide contacts and assist with entertainment
An Australia Committee - to foster Australia wide community support for Melbournes bid
Strategy Committee - to develop ideas and strategies for planning and marketing the bid
Economic and Finance Committee - to oversee the preparation of the financial plan for the Games, the financing options for the various facilities and the Economic Impact study
It appears that the Committee ceased operation in 1990.