Agricultural Matters

1. Overview

Agriculture on the Mornington Peninsula provides a diverse range of wine, food, fibre and fodder production. It is a key element of the Mornington Peninsula for several reasons as it:

  • is in close proximity to a large metropolitan consumer and sales base
  • adds a cultural dimension with its associated lifestyle and activities
  • provides opportunities for improving our environmental footprint
  • offers an incomparable landscape as a backdrop.

Opportunities that exist for the agriculture sector include:

  • further development of the local wine industry
  • leverage the aquaculture industry potential
  • optimise the equine industry
  • explore additional horticulture opportunities
  • enhance tourism connections to the rural landholder network.

Download: Agricultural Audit 2010(PDF, 2MB)

Download: Equine Report(PDF, 2MB)

Download: Local Food Strategy(PDF, 1MB)

DownloadAgricultural Analysis 2014(PDF, 3MB)

Download: Aquaculture Audit 2014

Download: Nursery & Garden Industry Audit 2015(PDF, 2MB)

2. Common ground

A series of 13 fact sheets that provide information to assist rural land holders gain a better understating of management issues to consider on their property.

Common Ground Fact Sheet 1(PDF, 654KB) - A snapshot: Agricultural landscape across the Mornington Peninsula Shire
Common Ground Fact Sheet 2(PDF, 564KB) - I've bought a property - now what?
Common Ground Fact Sheet 3(PDF, 605KB) - Soils of the Mornington Peninsula
Common Ground Fact Sheet 4(PDF, 861KB) - Managing soil on my property
Common Ground Fact Sheet 5(PDF, 609KB) - Animal welfare basics
Common Ground Fact Sheet 6(PDF, 886KB) - Pastures – Carrying capacity
Common Ground Fact Sheet 7(PDF, 574KB) - Water for livestock
Common Ground Fact Sheet 8(PDF, 611KB) - Beef cattle production: managing a small beef herd
Common Ground Fact Sheet 9(PDF, 611KB) - Pasture management on horse properties
Common Ground Fact Sheet 10(PDF, 585KB) - Owning a small sheep enterprise
Common Ground Fact Sheet 11(PDF, 604KB) - Managing weeds on farm
Common Ground Fact Sheet 12(PDF, 619KB) - Sustainable management for healthy equine properties
Common Ground Fact Sheet 13(PDF, 1MB) - Landcare

The Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network has developed a brochure for landholders on rural land called the “Small Rural Property Guide” (A resource for common land management issues on small rural properties)

Download:  Mornington Peninsula Small Rural Property Guide(PDF, 1MB)

3. Food Industry Advisory Body

The Mornington Peninsula Food Industry Advisory Body has been established by us to progress implementation of our Local Food Strategy.

Each member brings a working knowledge of key elements of the local food supply chain; an interest and enthusiasm for strengthening the identity of the local food economy; and a willingness to raise awareness about Mornington Peninsula’s local food products and services through advocacy, communication and representation at industry events. For more information visit Food Industry Advisory Body

4. Farm gates

The Shire is committed to supporting our Farm Gates, Community Gardens and food security programs as part of a recognition that people's access to fresh, local, affordable food is essential to good health.

Download: Farm Gate Operations Brochure(PDF, 450KB)

5. Silage Wrap Recycling

Mornington Peninsula Shire, in conjunction with the local branch of Victorian Farmers Federation and Solo Resource Recovery, are trialling a new silage wrap recycling program. 

Farmers may exchange full ‘Bulka bags’ of clean used silage wrap for an empty bag at the The Mornington Resource Recovery Centre on Watt Road, Mornington. ‘Bulka bags’ are large lightweight bags capable of holding 1m3 or 1 tonne and can be purchased at the depot for $10. No other hay net, twine or plastic will be accepted.

6. Resources and links

If you have a business or are thinking of purchasing a property to run a business , here’s some links that will help you in the process: 

Name of body and/or organisation


Australian Bureau of Agricultural & Resource Economics & Sciences

ABARES is a research bureau within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. We provide professionally independent, world-class research, analysis and advice to inform decision-makers on current and future policy challenges affecting Australia's primary industries. Our capabilities in multi-disciplinary research and analysis span the fields of economics, science and social science covering the agriculture, fisheries, forestry, food, resources and energy

Agribusiness Association of Australia

The association aims to develop and foster linkages amongst professionals with and between the different sectors of Agribusiness. Agribusiness includes all the various businesses involved in food and fibre production, including farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution, processing, marketing, and retail sales. Please take the time to look around this site for information about Agribusiness in Australia, investing in agribusiness, or the Association

Department of Primary Industries - Agribusiness - Investment & Trade

The DPI have a good understanding of key target markets and use this knowledge and our networks to help Victorian agribusinesses understand and grow their export markets. Here you can find information about priority markets for Victoria's food industries, export statistics, useful links relating to exporting, download reports and news relating to agricultural industries or export markets of interest

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

The DAFF facilitates the development of self-reliant, profitable, competitive and sustainable Australian farm businesses and primary industries

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Under Victoria’s planning system local councils and the State Government develop planning schemes to control land use and development, and to ensure the protection and conservation of land. This link specifically relates to the Mornington Peninsula Shire's Planning Scheme Local Planning Policy Framework, Planning for Rural Areas. The framework identifies long term directions about land use and development in the municipality and provides the rationale for the zone and overlay requirements and particular provisions in the scheme