Shire seeks support for 'investment ready' projects

Published on 22 June 2020


The Mornington Peninsula has suffered one of the heaviest hits to employment in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic with alarming ABS and independent research figures painting a dire picture for the region.

Close to 6,000 job losses, a 21% fall in Gross Regional Product (compared with 6.9% drop for Australia) and an 11% drop in employment opportunities foreshadows a bleak outlook. The hardest hit sectors being accommodation, food, retail, construction, arts and recreation.

This, combined with a raft of social and economic challenges already faced by our residents creates significant roadblocks in our efforts to get back on road to economic recovery.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr Sam Hearn said there’s no doubt the situation is confronting, but in response we have been proactive in seeking solutions to support the recovery effort.

“We have identified a suite of investment ready infrastructure and service projects that are ready to go right now and would create over 4,770 jobs for our community and the Victorian economy”.

“We invite our state and federal government colleagues to support these investment opportunities to kick start our recovery and support the local community and the state with much needed employment”.

Some of the projects have received a commitment of federal/state government funding allocations, but further financial support is required.

The support ranges from seeking a rezoning decision from the Minister for a Technology Park and modest funding of $2.5M for a Peninsula Homeless package, through to $130M for road safety improvements.

The immediate benefits of this suite of projects include:

  • The creation of over 4,770 jobs
  • The delivery of projects valued at $320.8M

The shire has already taken a number of steps to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic including over $3M in operational savings, a comprehensive business support package, temporary cessation of fees and charges, rent and rate relief and thousands of care packages delivered throughout the community.

Mayor Hearn said the Shire continues to deliver close to the lowest average rates and charges in Victoria and demonstrates high efficiency amongst the lowest employee costs.

“We have pulled a number of financial levers to manage our way through this challenging period but we need additional financial support to realise the significant community benefits this suite of ready to go projects will deliver.”

“We know both tiers of government are looking for opportunities to kick start the economy so I urge them to talk to us - our projects can start tomorrow”.

Projects to spearhead our community recovery:


Technology Park
Support Required:

Timely decision by the Minister for Planning on rezoning the site identified by Mornington Peninsula Shire.


Peninsula Bay Trail
Funding required: $15M

  • Mornington to Moorooduc trail
  • Somerville to Baxter trail
  • Southern Peninsula Bay Trail


The Briars
Funding required: $10.6M

  • Concept and design
  • Wildlife sanctuary expansion; Wild Dreaming (glamping); Nature sanctuary
  • Green Dreaming stage one
  • Road/car park improvements stage one


Recycled Water
Funding required: $27.3M

  • The Briars project
  • Tyabb-Somerville project - construction over multiple years


Homelessness Package

Funding required: $2.5M

  • Design and construct two social housing developments in Mornington
  • Group home for adults with intellectual disability in Balnarring
  • Housing Access Point service in Hastings
  • Salvation Army Intensive Case Management initiative on the Peninsula

Better Buses
Funding required: $10M

Community Facilities

Funding required: $17.825M

  • Southern Peninsula
    Youth Hub
  • Mornington Peninsula Cultural Precinct feasibility study
  • Flinders Community Hub
  • Hastings Sound Shell
  • Sorrento Community Centre
  • Sorrento Museum

Pavilions Package

Funding required: $18.5M

  • Emil Madsen Reserve
    Mount Eliza
  • Civic Reserve Mornington
  • Alexandra Park Mornington
  • AR & F Ditterich Reserve Main Ridge
  • Red Hill Recreation Reserve Red Hill
  • Bunguyan Reserve Tyabb
  • Marna Reserve Dromana

Road Safety
Funding required: $130M

  • Compact Roundabouts
  • Rye Township Plan – Point Nepean Rd
  • Forest and Uralla Intersections
  • MP Freeway/Jetty Rd Overpass
  • MP Freeway Sound Barriers

 * funding request is in addition to existing federal or state government funding commitment

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