Innovative new committee for Council

Published on 15 March 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council last night resolved to establish an Innovation Advisory Committee to provide strategic leadership on innovation.

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said innovation is crucial for implementing programs to achieve economic prosperity, smart environmental solutions, and improved social outcomes.

“The creation of an Innovation Committee will position Council to better test and evaluate innovative ideas and assess alignment to the Council Plan.

“It will encourage innovation incubators, hubs and mentoring; and work to develop strategic partnerships with business, government organisations and the community to examine new ideas and foster innovation,” he said.

Council’s Innovation Advisory Committee will monitor implementation of the Shire’s Economic Development Strategy 2016-2019, help in identifying and addressing barriers to industry and jobs growth; and develop strategies facilitate growth of strategic industries and bring highly skilled jobs to the peninsula.

Cr Payne said the committee will also develop strategies to disperse visitors throughout the year and across the Mornington Peninsula.

“Council is committed to its vision to value, protect and improve the unique characteristics and way of life on the Mornington Peninsula.

“The Innovation Advisory Committee will help Council to look over the horizon for ideas to improve the wellbeing of residents of the Mornington Peninsula Shire and provide advice and recommendations on innovative reforms and initiatives to improve economic, environmental and social outcomes”.

Seawinds Ward Councillor Simon Brooks said the committee will “enable the Shire to look for and take advantage of new opportunities as they emerge.

“We need to lead and enable our community and businesses to be resilient, to adapt and thrive in these times of change.

“This committee will look to provide this leadership through harnessing the considerable experience and skill both within the organisation and from our wider community.

“There are some exciting times ahead for our amazing peninsula”.

The Committee will be informed by seeking the views of community representatives and experts with relevant or complementary interests or skills.

The Committee will comprise up to four Councillors, the Chief Executive Officer, and the Chief Operating Officer and is expected to meet four times each year.