Council Plan

Our Peninsula 2021: Council Plan 2017-2021

Our Peninsula 2021 – the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Council Plan 2017-2021 – provides a blueprint for how council will work towards achieving its strategic objectives.

Background Information

Each incoming Council in Victoria is required to prepare and approve a four-year Council Plan under the Local Government Act 1989

Council developed Our Peninsula 2021 with the benefit of extensive community consultation which took in the views of over 3,000 participants.

Council’s vision is: To value, protect and improve the unique characteristics and way of life on our peninsula.

The plan’s objectives, strategies and indicators to support this vision are organised around four key themes:

  • Our Place
  • Our Connectivity
  • Our Prosperity
  • Our Wellbeing.

The Council Plan 2017-2021 has been developed through ongoing community consultation and engagement and was formally adopted by Council on Tuesday, 13 June 2017.

Download: Council Plan 2017-2021(PDF, 965KB)

A community version of the Council Plan was also developed for easier communication of our key strategies and objectives.

Download: Our Peninsula 2021: Council Plan 2017-2021(PDF, 12MB)

View Online: Our Peninsula 2021: Council Plan 2017-2021(PDF, 12MB)

The services and major initiatives funded in the Budget are how Council delivers on its strategic objectives.


The Mornington Peninsula is one of Melbourne’s greatest assets, characterised by unique townships, highly valued green wedge land, areas of national and international conservation significance and featuring around 10% of Victoria’s total coastline. The Mornington Peninsula is critical to the future liveability, sustainability and prosperity of the wider metropolitan region. As an area near to, but with a role distinct from, the growing metropolitan area, there are ever increasing pressures and demands placed on the Mornington Peninsula. Combined with the challenges of climate change, managing ‘place’ requires the careful balancing of the community’s key values.


Promoting, supporting and enhancing balanced and appropriate economic development within the Mornington Peninsula Shire is a key objective for the community. The visitor economy is a key strength of our Shire, with our agricultural sector having a strong connection to the Mornington Peninsula. Our natural and recreational attractions, food and wine, outstanding educational facilities and health services, and the community culture helps us to be an exceptional place to live and work. By providing leadership, fostering jobs and proactive conditions for investment, our businesses can be supported to develop and grow for the benefit of the entire community.


The Mornington Peninsula Shire is approximately 720 square kilometres in size. Given this factor, many residents choose – or must use - a car as their first choice of travel, and to access major employment, education, health and social support services. Our road network is critical to the safe and effective travel of our community, whilst improving ‘connectivity’ and promoting increased public transport and other sustainable active transport options within, across and out of the Shire, also significantly improves the liveability of our Shire.


Positive health and wellbeing is fundamentally important for the community and is a key success factor for the Shire. Good physical and mental health, feeling safe, feeling and being empowered and connected to other people in our community, strengthening diversity, respecting the peace and dignity of all, and supporting individuals so they can realise their potential and their aspirations are fundamental elements to making the Mornington Peninsula a great place to live.