Raise your voice – protect our townships from coastal climate change

Published on 30 November 2018


Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting the community to provide input to two concurrent projects that are being developed: the Coastal Villages and Neighbourhoods Strategy (Western Port townships) and the Mornington Peninsula Neighbourhood Character Strategy (entire municipality). 

Together the projects will guide future development (public and private) in the coastal townships in the Western Port area of the municipality.

The Coastal Villages and Neighbourhoods Strategy seeks to address the following two issues for the coastal towns and settlements along Western Port Bay within the Peninsula:

  • Climate change impacts relating to coastal inundation and coastal erosion.
  • Protecting and enhancing their character in response to the pressure for change.

The Mornington Peninsula Neighbourhood Character Study seeks to determine areas where neighbourhood character values exist within the municipality and whether they require protection or enhancement. 

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill encouraged local community members to get involved.

“We are looking for our community to provide suggestions on how we can improve, conserve and protect our coastal townships from climate change and preserve local character.

“This Strategy, together with the frameworks, will deliver on the Shire’s commitment to planning for climate change mitigation and adaptation as set out in our Council Plan 2017-21.

“These strategic planning tools will also assist Council to improve the policies and controls of the Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme to better respond to the challenges of character and coastal climate change in line with community expectations.

“This is a great opportunity for Council, community members and key stakeholders to get together and discuss character and the risks of coastal climate change, how people can get involved and develop a sound understanding of the existing and preferred character attributes of coastal townships”

How you can provide your thoughts: 

Listening Posts 
Drop in to chat about what climate change is, what happens if nothing is done to respond to the risks, what reasonable design measures could be put in place, and what impact would this have on the character of settlements. 

Saturday 1 December 2018, 9am – 12pm 
Red Hill Markets – Arthur’s Seat Road, Red Hill

Saturday 1 December, 1.30 - 3pm
Shoreham Post Office  

Sunday 2 December 2018, 9am – 10.30am 
Crib Point Community House  

Sunday 2 December, 12 - 3pm
Hastings Shopping Centre (Kmart), entrance adjacent to car park     

Saturday 8 December 2018, 9am – 12pm
Merricks Yacht Club 


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

Email your submission to: 


Attention: Planning Services 
Re: Coastal Villages and Neighbourhood Strategy
Mornington Peninsula Shire 
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud, Victoria, 3939

Community consultation is currently open and closes 17 December 2018.

This is the first round of public community consultation. The community will have additional opportunities to provide thoughts and suggestions on the Strategy and design frameworks in the coming months. 

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