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Addressing Disadvantage

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 in 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. Being classified as Metro Melbourne means our residents and businesses face all the challenges of a regional community, with none of the regionally-specific support.


  • Continue to advocate to government at all levels to support Mornington Peninsula businesses in the COVID recovery adequately;
  • Advocate 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 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 but were not made available to the Mornington Peninsula.