Regional Victoria has access to a wide range of Victorian Government initiatives through agencies such as Regional Development Victoria. These include reductions in payroll tax, land tax and access to the $500m Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to assist overcoming the challenges that come with living and working outside of urban areas.
Although regional by nature, the entire Mornington Peninsula forms part of Metropolitan Melbourne. This means our residents and businesses face all the challenges of a regional community, with none of the regionally-specific supports.
THE COMMITTEE FOR MORNINGTON PENINSULA WILL:
- Continue to advocate to government at all levels to adequately support Mornington Peninsula businesses in the COVID recovery;
- Advocate to state and federal governments for further investment into the Mornington Peninsula to reduce the current disparity in public investment between the Mornington Peninsula and neighbouring municipalities;
- Commission and publicise robust research into the potential policy and funding advantages and disadvantages of a regional vs. metropolitan designation for the Mornington Peninsula, to best inform further advocacy objectives;
- Advocate to elected representatives on all sides of politics for a more suitable designation for the Mornington Peninsula than the current metropolitan model or for commensurate government investment under the current model; and
Maintain a record of favourable policy decisions and funding announcements that benefit comparable ‘regional’ communities and were not made
available to the Mornington Peninsula.