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Bold, Ambitious Blueprint required for Peninsula’s Future

The Committee for Frankston & Mornington Peninsula has proudly launched its’ Strategic Plan.

In 15 years-time, 350,000 people will call our region home, and by 2050, the Victorian Government expects us to build 67,000 new dwellings across Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.  

The Committee’s Strategic Plan will advocate for:

  • Diverse housing options across the region for home-buyers, renters, workforce, crisis accommodation and visitors.
  • Meaningful bus services, a train every half hour between Hastings and Frankston on an improved Stony Point line, and a Frankston-Melbourne CBD direct rail express – getting residents to the city in less than 40 minutes.
  • A re-developed Rosebud Hospital.
  • Victoria’s Renewable Energy Terminal at the Port of Hastings.
  • A flagship regional conference and exhibition centre with hotel facilities.
  • An additional lane on Peninsula Link and safer, less congested roads.

Developed through consultation with members, key stakeholders, and workshops held at the Committee’s Future Forum in April, the Strategic Plan outlines five key priority areas for public and private investment and support:

  1. Homes and livelihoods;
  2. Better connectivity; better infrastructure
  3. Sustainable development
  4. Smarter people; healthy communities
  5. A thriving local economy and world-class destination

Listed among these items as key advocacy objectives are opportunities which align with local governments, health and education providers, large employers, and community organisations across the Peninsula.

To address the region’s housing crisis, the Committee is calling for:

  • Development of diverse and dense housing in Frankston City and embracing growth in a key metropolitan activity centre, as designated by the Victorian Government.
  • Re-zone parts of surplus port-zoned land near Hastings to residential.
  • Provide key worker accommodation across the Peninsula for staff in healthcare, tourism and hospitality industries.
  • Demand better support and funding from the Victorian Government to ensure we receive our fair share of government support for housing.

To improve local infrastructure and public transport, the Committee is calling for:

  • Better buses – 3% of locals use public transport – this limits our ability to access basic services. Significant investment will reduce barriers to employment, health and education outcomes.
  • Better rail beyond Frankston – we’ll ask for a new business case that’s up to date, and what improvements can be done ASAP by improving the Stony Point line and providing more frequent and reliable services towards Hastings.

The embrace the opportunities of Western Port and the nation’s transition to clean energy, the Committee is calling for:

  • The establishment of the Victorian Renewable Energy Terminal right here in Hastings to support the assembly of the Gippsland Offshore wind-zone. With the right measures and safeguards in place to protect Western Port Bay, this State significant project will create jobs and transform Hastings into a clean energy hub that our region can be proud of.
  • Re-zone parts of surplus port-zoned land for broader commercial and industrial use
  • Invest in a Recycled Water Scheme to support agriculture and the green wedge.

To improve health and education outcomes for residents, the Committee is calling for:

  • A redeveloped Rosebud Hospital that is fit for purpose and Metropolitan-Melbourne worthy.
  • A better future for Rosebud Chisholm campus to improve pathways for students into fulfilling careers. This will help support better TAFE and training opportunities for all residents south of Frankston, following the significant investment into Chisholm Frankston.

To create and retain local jobs and boost our local economy, the Committee is calling for:

  • Equitable taxing arrangements for businesses which recognise our regional challenges.
  • Including the Mornington Peninsula in the Department of Immigration’s Regional Designation program which would allow back-packers to work on the Peninsula and fill critical workforce shortages.
  • A regional conference and exhibition centre, with accommodation facilities.

To view the Committee’s Strategic Plan in full, click here.

 The Committee would like to acknowledge our Community Partners and Corporate Gold Members for their ongoing advocacy, support and partnerships.