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Campaign for ‘regional designation’ for the Mornington Peninsula continues.

Following the Committee for Mornington Peninsula’s presentation to the Victorian Opposition’s Shadow Cabinet, awareness and momentum is building for our case for change.

Media reporting of this key C4MP policy focus has generated further local examples where the lumping in of the Mornington Peninsula with greater Melbourne is disadvantaging local businesses and residents.

Beyond the payroll tax discounts and inability to access key ‘regional’ programs, local fruit growers and horticulturalists point to not being able offer working holiday visa holders a chance to extend their stay by helping out with the harvest in ‘regional’ areas …

After the C4MP briefing to the Shadow Cabinet, local Upper House MLC Edward O’Donohue raised the matter in State Parliament on September 12 saying:

“The magnificent Mornington Peninsula is a very important part of Victoria’s economy and a part of the lifestyle enjoyed by so many Victorians. It is clearly not part of metropolitan Melbourne and indeed at its furthest point is well over 80 kilometres from the Melbourne GPO .. (yet) … the Mornington Peninsula Shire is part of metropolitan Melbourne for funding purposes. That means the Mornington Peninsula, unlike many other parts of Victoria which are much closer to the Melbourne CBD, cannot access Regional Development Victoria funding or the other funding pools that come from being a non-metropolitan municipality”.

Mr O’Donohue urged that “the Minister for Regional Development … give consideration to making whatever changes are necessary to include the Mornington Peninsula in potential RDV funding, because that is only fair and just given the need and given the distance from Melbourne of the Mornington Peninsula”.

Thanks for the support Ed! 

C4MP is preparing a research brief and is seeking funding partners to carry out research on the comparative advantages to the region of being designated ‘regional’ or alternatively campaigning to seek the services and support other communities that are much closer to Melbourne take for granted.

Are you aware of other examples where not being designated ‘regional’ is harming your business, family or community on the Mornington Peninsula? Please let us know via

The Committee for Mornington Peninsula is disappointed that the Mornington Peninsula received just 0.09 per cent of the funding announced for our neighbours in greater Geelong in this year’s State Budget.

$424,000 of new funding was announced for the Mornington Peninsula whilst $463.43 million of new funding was announced for Greater Geelong, which has the same enrolled population as the Mornington Peninsula.

After extended and repeated metropolitan Melbourne lockdowns, the CfMP would have expected more support for our local businesses and public assets and services to help the Mornington Peninsula to recover, however no new funding was announced for our local hospitals, schools, TAFE, parks, roads or public transport services in this Budget.

Disappointingly, new taxes will be imposed on major employers on the Mornington Peninsula and our residential and commercial properties will be taxed at a higher rate as businesses and property owners attempt to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

We remain hopeful that over the coming months, the Victorian Government will announce local funding initiatives for the Mornington Peninsula from the state-wide funding programs announced in this State Budget.

This unpredictability of government decision-making contributes to the general unease in the community about unforeseeable restrictions that could be imposed upon Victorians at any moment.

The lack of a clear and consistent approach to reopening and locking down Victorian communities erodes business and consumer confidence to plan, resulting in damaging effects to local economies, community mental health outcomes and the reputation of Victoria as the place to be.

Victorian members of the Committees for Cities and Regions are calling on the Victorian Government to actively consult with the community to develop a long-term Covid readiness plan for Victorian cities and regions.

As Victoria faces another long weekend under lockdown-style conditions, the Committees are calling for a common set of publicly available and industry-informed standards to be applied to decision-making on Covid restrictions in Victoria.