Council working to unlock congestion on the Southern Peninsula

Published on 15 August 2018

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With Melbourne’s population forecast to be eight million by 2050 and the Mornington Peninsula being referred to as Melbourne’s playground, the resultant pressures on the Shire’s road network are going to significantly increase.

Mornington Peninsula Shire is investigating alternative traffic plans to using the southern peninsula freeway reserve to reduce traffic congestion, and you are invited to provide thoughts on a preliminary investigation report.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said we hear community concerns in relation to the increasing impacts of traffic congestion on the peninsula, especially during summer periods and long weekends.

“As part of the Council Plan 2017-2021, we are committed to achieving better connectivity and mobility for the community, while ensuring we are protecting the local environment”.

The investigation looks at ideas for short, medium and long-term traffic congestion management options as alternatives to using the southern peninsula freeway reserve through the environmentally and culturally significant Tootgarook Wetlands.

“The report will assist Council’s advocacy efforts to both state and federal governments for support to resolve congestion problems on the southern peninsula.

“I strongly encourage the local community to view this report and provide their thoughts,” concluded Councillor Payne.

This preliminary investigation is only the first step towards resolving congestion on the southern peninsula. As we continue working on this important issue, the community’s views on potential options will be sought. 


Community consultation is currently open and closes 5pm Monday 15 October 2018.

Further notification of drop-in sessions, as well as a Forward Planning Meeting where community members can come and provide their feedback directly to Council, will be announced in the coming weeks.


Surveys are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington, Hastings and Somerville.

Email your submission to: with the subject line ‘Southern Peninsula Traffic Investigation’.

Attention: Traffic & Transport team
Re: Southern Peninsula Traffic Investigation
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

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