Green Wedge Summit Announced Council Moves to Protect Green Wedge

Published on 07 June 2018

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The importance of the long-term protection of the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge will be highlighted at a Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Green Wedge Summit to be held on Friday 22 June 2018 at the Main Ridge Community Hall, Main Ridge.  

Cr. Bryan Payne, Mayor of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council said the Green Wedge Summit is part of the community consultation program following the release of the final draft of Council's Green Wedge Management Plan on 18 June 2018.

The Green Wedge Summit will focus on the issues threatening the long-term preservation of the Green Wedge and the importance to ensure the effectiveness of the proposed Mornington Peninsula Shire's Green Wedge policies are not compromised in the future.

Cr. Payne said, "Speakers at the Summit will include the Hon. Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Heath and Local Member for Flinders and Professor Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, one of the architects of the original Green Wedge strategy for Victoria.

Dr Rachel Carey from Melbourne University, a Lecturer and Research Fellow in food policy and sustainable food systems who leads the Foodprint Melbourne project, is investigating what it takes to feed Melbourne and will comment on the vital importance of farming in the Green Wedge and the need to increase the resilience of the city's food supply.

Tracey Cooper, Chairman of Mornington Regional Tourism Board, the peak body for the promotion and development of tourism and events on the Mornington Peninsula, Christine Haydon from Peninsula Speaks, a community organisation with a long and active involvement in protecting the Green Wedge and Sheryn Mock, a fifth generation orchardist from Mock Orchards based in Red Hill.

Cr. Payne said the Green Wedge Summit also provides a focus to discuss some of the major threats which could impact on the liveability and the unique environment of the Mornington Peninsula.

Melbourne's population increased by 125,400 people - or 2.7 per cent - in the year to June 2017, taking its total numbers to a touch under 4.9 million, the Bureau of Statistics found. It amounts to an average of 350 new people arriving in Melbourne every day, creating a huge infrastructure challenge to Local, State and Federal Governments.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire covers approximately 720 square kilometres of land with a coastline that extends over 192 kilometres and encompasses approximately 10% of Victoria's coastline.

70% of the Shire is Green Wedge which provides for conservation of the natural environment, access to informal outdoor recreation and is also one of the most valuable food producing areas in Australia close to a major capital city.    

Cr. Payne said, "The challenge of managing the increased population extends to Mornington Peninsula Shire with greater access through Peninsula Link, the ability of people to work remotely and the pressure of peak tourism periods."

"It is vital that the immediate and future management of the demand for development of infrastructure, subdivision, tourism facilities and any proposed pressure to reduce the effectiveness of the Urban Growth Boundary is managed in a manner that respects and maintains the environmental integrity of the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge."    

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Councillors have a strong commitment to preserving the Green Wedge and Coastal Environments and whilst it may cause debates it is important to remember the decisions we make today on planning will decide the quality of environment we leave our children tomorrow, Cr. Payne said.


Green Wedge Summit
Main Ridge Community Hall, 441 Main Creek Road, Main Ridge

Friday 22 June 2018
9.30am arrival 10.00am start
3.00 pm finish
Includes lunch and refreshments.

Please see the link below for online bookings to attend the Green Wedge Summit