Published on 20 October 2021
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s Annual Report is now available on our website.
The Annual Report provides our community with information about our activities and finances during the 2020–21 financial year and can be downloaded by visiting mornpen.vic.gov.au/annualreport.
The 2020-21 Report demonstrates the ways in which Council has not only sought to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19 but maintained its focus on service delivery. Challenges and highlights of the year include:
Quotes attributable to CEO John Baker:
“The past 12 months have been incredibly busy and challenging but ultimately rewarding because we’ve learned so much. The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to be more responsive and connected to our community than ever before, and to find creative alternatives to business as usual. It demands a huge degree of flexibility and resilience from our staff and has been something of a stress test for the organisation as a whole. I’m proud of how we’ve risen to meet the many challenges and of the work we have achieved under difficult circumstances.
“Repeated lockdowns mean we’ve learned to be nimble when it comes to service delivery. We had to find ways to safely deliver essential services, support our community and continue our ambitious infrastructure program.
“In the midst of all this activity, we undertook a review of many of our key services and significantly transformed our organisational structure. We spent many months designing a structure that is more flexible, customer-focused and financially sustainable.
“Despite the many challenges this year has brought, our financial position remains strong. This financial resilience in a difficult economic environment underpins our ability to support our community through the pandemic.
“I’d like to thank our Mayor, Despi O’Connor, and all our councillors for their leadership and guidance over the past year. And, of course, all our staff, whose professionalism and dedication never fails to impress me.”
Quotes attributable to Mayor, Despi O’Connor:
“I’d like to say how proud I am of how our community members have helped each other through this pandemic, making significant sacrifices to protect the vulnerable and our health system. It has been an extraordinary year, which began and ended with lockdowns. It was also a year that saw the election of a new Council, including nine first-time councillors. Our most urgent priority was and remains supporting our community and local businesses through the pandemic.
“We embarked on our most ambitious community engagement project ever – to create a shared vision for the future of the Peninsula. This wonderful Community Vision distilled by an independent Citizens Panel will now guide the development of our policies and priorities.
“One of the major themes to emerge from the Community Vision was climate change. We were one of the first municipalities in Australia to declare a climate emergency and we adopted our climate emergency response plan, Ensuring Our Future. This plan provides a 10-year roadmap to guide the Peninsula towards zero emissions by 2040.
“I’d also like to mention our successful advocacy campaign against AGL’s gas plant at Crib Point. Council worked side by side with community organisations to mount an unprecedented campaign against the proposal. In March, Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne decided to reject AGL’s proposed floating gas plant and pipeline at Crib Point. It’s no exaggeration to say our community was overjoyed at this news.
“I’d like to thank my councillor colleagues, our CEO John Baker and all our Shire staff for their ongoing support, and for their hard work, stoicism and commitment in what has been a tumultuous and unforgettable year.”