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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.

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 two years, 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.  

Download: Advocacy Strategy 2022(PDF, 2MB)

Our advocacy projects

We actively pursue priority projects with Federal and State Members of Parliament and Ministers, external advocacy platforms 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.
Download: Community Advocacy Information Brochure(PDF, 1MB)


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
  • the impacts of climate change are expected to exacerbate in the future placing further pressure on our communities, economy and environment.
  • 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.

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Contact your State and Federal members

Chris Crewther, State member for Mornington

0480 383 143

Paul Mercurio, State member for Hastings

0493 456 448

Sam Groth, State member for Nepean

0413 836 797

Peta Murphy, Federal member for Dunkley

03 9781 2333

Zoe McKenzie, Federal member for Flinders

03 5977 9082



Our Pledge Tracker


In the lead up to the Victorian election, we are keeping track of all candidates' election pledges for the Mornington Peninsula.

The purpose of the tracker is to monitor election funding pledges made by Victorian candidates for the Mornington Peninsula.

For the pledges to be included, they must:

  • Be new election commitments (not reannouncements of money already funded by the government)
  • Be accompanied by a media release or link to a candidate’s webpage/social media account
  • Be sufficiently detailed so that we can ascertain what is being funded
  • Have an associated funding amount

The tracker is not designed to publish or endorse state-wide party policies where a specific pledge is not identified for a Mornington Peninsula electorate.

Please note: all pledges are conditional and depend on the outcome of the election and future party budgets. The Shire has published these pledges in good faith, based on the formal commitments made by election candidates.

Note, pledges that align with the Shire's priority projects will include an *

Download: Nepean Electorate Priority Project List 
Download: Mornington Electorate Priority List 
Download: Hastings Electorate Priority List

See our Federal election pledge trackers: