Advocacy

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Every day Council makes decisions that affect everyone. 

We represent the community and strive to deliver on the needs and aspirations of our people. 

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To achieve many of the goals of our Community Vision, we need to actively work with and influence all levels of government and a broad range of organisations. 

One of the ways we do this is through advocacy –representing our community by seeking either financial or policy support from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments to deliver what is important to you. 

Based on what you told us during our many community consultation sessions over the past year, we’ve developed a list of top advocacy priorities. These are projects we know will deliver real benefits and enrich the quality of life for everyone.  

We are now actively pursuing our advocacy priorities with local Members of Parliament, political candidates and other representatives of both the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. 

Please help our advocacy campaign by contacting your local political candidates to express your support for any or all of the projects below.

Our advocacy projects

See all our advocacy projects 

Key challenges for the Mornington Peninsula

There are many challenges facing our Mornington Peninsula region and community, these include:

  • significant population growth expected by 2036 – and with more people than ever able to work from home, there will likely be more people moving to the Peninsula
  • 8.5 million visitors each year to our region and a large permanent and non-permanent resident population
  • ensuring infrastructure supports the place we live, work, study and visit
  • the need to provide additional homes and services while protecting what we all love about the Peninsula – trees, open spaces, beaches, hinterland, a unique agricultural mix and a sense of community
  • health and social issues, including gender equality and housing affordability, that continue to impact our community, where there are areas of social and economic disadvantage alongside significant wealth.

During the drafting of our Community Vision, the Citizen’s Panel considered a range of research and demographic information. Further information on the key challenges for the Mornington Peninsula can be found in the Citizens Panel Background Reading report.

What local infrastructure projects are important to you?

We want to know which local infrastructure projects are most important to you. This information will guide us when discussing infrastructure priorities with local State and Federal election candidates. 

Contact your local candidate

Federal and State Political Candidates, Mornington Peninsula

Federal electorate of Flinders

Alex Van Der End, United Australia Party
admin@unitedaustraliaparty.org.au

Cyndi Marr, Pauline Hanson's One Nation
Cynthia Marr - Pauline Hanson's One Nation

Chrysten Abraham, Liberal Democratic Party
chrysten.abraham@ldp.org.au

Zoe McKenzie, Liberal Party
Zoe.mckenzie@vic.liberal.org.au

Jefferson Earl, Australian Federation Party
Jefferson Earl - Australian Federation Party

Colin Lane, The Greens
colin.lane@vic.greens.org.au

Sarah Russell, independent
sarahrussell4flinders@gmail.com

Surbhi Snowball, Labor Party
Surbhi.laborforflinders@gmail.com

Despi O'Connor, independent
despi@teamdespi.com.au

Pamela Engelander, Animal Justice Party
Contact - Animal Justice Party Victoria

Federal electorate of Dunkley

Darren Bergwerf, independent
darren4dunkley@gmail.com

Peta Murphy, Labor Party
Dylan.Steed@aph.gov.au

Damian Willis, Liberal Democratic Party
damian.willis@ldp.org.au

Elizabeth Johnston, Animal Justice Party
Contact - Animal Justice Party Victoria

Liam O'Brien, The Greens
liam.obrien@vic.greens.org.au

Sharn Coombes, Liberal Party
campaign@dunkleyliberals.com.au

Scott Middlebrook, Pauline Hanson's One Nation
Candidates - One Nation

Kathryn Woods, Australian Federation Party
Kathryn Woods - Australian Federation Party

Adrian Kane Irvine, United Australia Party
admin@unitedaustraliaparty.org.au

State electorate of Hastings

Briony Hutton, Liberal Party
briony.hutton@vic.liberal.org.au

Paul Mercurio, Labor Party

State electorate of Mornington

Chris Crewther – Liberal
Chris.crewther@vic.liberal.org.au

Labor - candidate to be confirmed

State electorate of Nepean

Chris Brayne, Labor
Joshua.Sinclair@parliament.vic.gov.au

Sam Groth, Liberal
sam.groth@vic.liberal.org.au

Member for Eastern Victoria (Upper House of Victorian Parliament)

Jane Garrett
danny.michell@parliament.vic.gov.au

Why we need to advocate

Advocacy is an important way to achieve the goals of our Community Vision, deliver our Community Plan, represent and provide leadership for our community and influence decision makers.

Some projects are not funded or delivered by the Council – like upgrading major roads to improve pedestrian and cyclist’s safety and reduce traffic congestion. Even though these projects are not directly controlled by Council, we are best placed to understand they are important to our community. So, we advocate to State and Federal levels of government, with the benefit of local evidence and community support, to make community priorities a reality.

Some issues affect several councils – they may even affect all of the local government sector across Victoria or Australia. So we join with other councils to advance our shared interests. Examples of this could include joint initiatives to increase carbon neutrality, improving our approach to climate change, or projects which will help to reduce homelessness. In these cases, a strategic approach to advocacy may involve working in partnership with other councils, through peak bodies and stakeholder networks. The chance of success is increased when working together.

Many local projects are the responsibility of Council, such as building a new leisure centre and improving public paths. To deliver these projects quickly and economically, we apply for funding from relevant partners, including State and Federal grants, philanthropists and the private sector,  or securing funding commitments from candidates ahead of an election.

How we advocate

Elected Councillors undertake a range of activities throughout the year to advocate for our community’s most important issues including:

  • represent our community to Federal and State Government Ministers
  • meet regularly with local Members of Parliament
  • partnering with other organisations
  • securing external funding to deliver priority projects
  • making submissions to government and parliamentary enquiries and
  • running campaigns to raise awareness of issues in the community.
  • public media campaigns

Some of the ways we might draw attention to issues that need fixing include writing letters to decision-makers, starting petitions, and publicly promoting our campaigns through marketing and advertising.