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Planning for Melbourne's Green Wedges and Agricultural Land Review

5 February 2021

The Committee for Mornington Peninsula has now lodged a submission on behalf of its members to the Victorian Government review into Melbourne’s green wedges and agricultural land.

The Committee’s submission advocates for Green Wedge Zone provisions to enable the operation of viable businesses that are legitimately linked to agricultural or environmental conservation uses.

This is especially important for the Mornington Peninsula, which is one of the most significant tourism regions in Victoria and whose economy largely depends upon seasonal tourism.

 The Peninsula is famous for its world-class wineries, restaurants and cellar doors, as well as its agricultural production through micro-farms and farm gates that operate within the green wedge. It is critically important that these business operations are encouraged into the future, especially in the wake of disproportionate job losses on the Mornington Peninsula resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a recent survey*, 44 per cent of Mornington Peninsula businesses had lost at least 50 per cent of their revenue during the pandemic, and 23 per cent of local businesses had lost at least half of their staff. The lockdown recession resulted in an 11 per cent reduction in employment opportunities for locals as 5,900 jobs were lost. 

Now is the time to ensure that our outstanding local businesses that operate in the Mornington Peninsula Green Wedge can do so with confidence as tourism bounces back, and that our first-rate local producers can continue to grow, produce and sell their products locally. 

The Committee welcomes the opportunity to provide its input to this state government review.

*Survey conducted by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in 2020.



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.