From the Mayor's Desk, September 2017

Published on 04 September 2017

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Thank you to everyone who has been engaged with the Shire’s recent planning advocacy efforts – it’s certainly one of the most important times I’ve experienced for planning on the peninsula and it’s wonderful to see the community so passionate.

Following the community information sessions about the recent changes to the General Residential Zone we’re now inviting community comment on our Housing and Settlement Strategy – a strategy that will outline housing growth and recognise the character of our peninsula ensuring its protected.

Drop in sessions have already been held in Mornington and Rosebud, the Hastings session is coming up please make it if you can: Wednesday 6 September between 6pm – 8pm at Hastings Community Hub, 1973 Frankston-Flinders Road, Hastings.

You can view the draft Housing and Settlement Strategy and have your say until Monday 25 September.

We are still awaiting Ministerial approval of our request for interim planning controls (Interim Peninsula Wide Design and Development Overlay) to protect our townships from inappropriate development and the negative impact of the changes to the General Residential Zone. You can still write to the Minister for Planning to reiterate the need to protect the special character of our peninsula and to emphasise that three storey houses are not appropriate. Our information page on the proposed planning changes has contact details and a handy guide with talking points to assist you with your correspondence.

This weekend will see the peninsula’s first community action walk against suicide.

Suicide is a challenging and complex issue, so in a Shire first we’re hosting a community event with social action group Chasing Change acknowledging World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10 September.

This day will involve a commemorative walk and ceremony where community members can come together, share information and stories, support each other, and raise awareness of mental health issues.

Cr Bev Colomb, Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor