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Committee welcomes Mornington Peninsula’s inclusion in regional Victoria’s $28 million voucher scheme.

The Committee for Mornington Peninsula commends the Victorian Government’s decision to include the region in the $28 million regional Victoria voucher scheme as part of this week’s Budget.

Under the scheme, the state government will issue up to 120,000 vouchers worth $200 each to be spent on accommodation, attractions or tours in regional Victoria, helping to underpin a vital recovery of the sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

C4MP President Shannon Smit commented,

"We have long advocated that the Mornington Peninsula should not be designated part of metropolitan Melbourne, and is more closely representative of regional Victoria. It is pleasing to see the State Government recognise this in the regional Victoria voucher scheme and support our tourism businesses that are the lifeblood of the Peninsula economy."

According to Premier Daniel Andrews, this funding will help tourism businesses bounce back from the challenges of this year, welcoming more visitors and employing more Victorians.

The regional Victoria voucher scheme forms part of a $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, and is expected to be up and running in December.

The Committee looks forward  to receiving more information on this initiative in the coming weeks and the important support it will offer the region’s visitor economy.

As travel and capacity limits ease, Melburnians and regional Victorians making their annual pilgrimage to the Mornington Peninsula will find that the shops and restaurants are woefully unprepared for mandatory vaccine passport check-ins.

Op-ed by Committee for Mornington Peninsula Executive Officer, Briony Hutton, published in the Herald Sun South East Leader 29 September 2021. Full article here:

Politicians of all persuasions at all levels have started talking about our upcoming COVID-Christmas.

Op-ed by Zoe McKenzie, CfMP Board member. Published by Mornington Peninsula News, 7 September 2021.

The Committee for Mornington Peninsula has written an open letter to the Victorian Premier and Chief Health Officer to request the Mornington Peninsula be urgently included in regional Victorian-level restrictions in the new roadmap to reopening.

Disappointingly, there are no recommendations for significant improvements to public transport for the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria's Infrastructure Strategy 2021- 2051 released yesterday, despite this being one of the Peninsula's most significant infrastructure deficits.

If the Mornington Peninsula is unworthy of metropolitan public transport investment in the next 30 years, according to the Victorian Government’s key infrastructure advisers, then the legitimacy of our current metropolitan classification is once again thrown into serious question.