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Committee meets with Paul Mercurio MP

On 28 March, the Committee for Mornington Peninsula board met with Paul Mercurio, the Labor Member for Hastings, to discuss shared advocacy priorities for the electorate of Hastings.

The Committee would like to thank Paul for being so generous with his time, and we look forward to working closely with him and neighbouring Labor Government colleagues over the next few years in delivering on key investments into our region. 

Hastings advocacy: Chris Proctor, Josh Sinclair, Paul Mercurio MP, Matt McDonald, Jereome Keating, Shannon Smit, Jackie Prossor

A plan for Western Port

The Committee for Mornington Peninsula is pleased to be able to present our long term Western Port advocacy priorities for 2023.

These projects have been compiled by the Committee for Mornington Peninsula, based on the Committee’s strategic objectives for our region. You can view the Committee’s Strategic Objectives here:

The Committee's role is to advocate for significant government investment for projects that will dramatically shape and enhance the Mornington Peninsula for the long term. Working with our local representatives in a productive and inclusive way, we are seeking to partner with the Victorian and Federal Governments on a number of projects that will benefit our region. 

  • A state of the art Performing Arts Centre
    • A bold state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre on the Westernport side of the Peninsula that can seat more than 1,000 people and host an array of arts, music, and theatre events.   This would provide Western Port with regionally significant arts and cultural events and improve the amenities and liveability of Hastings. The Bunjil building in the City of Casey and the new Arts Centre in Geelong are two examples the Committee believes the community should be working towards.   The Committee is pleased to see the Shire adopting a plan towards an Arts Centre of such significance, and we welcome the Member for Hastings’ deep passion and drive towards seeing this vision become a reality.
  • Stony Point Rail Line Improvements
    • The Committee is continuing to advocate for the staged electrification and duplication of the existing rail line from Frankston to Baxter or Langwarrin as the first stage. For now, the Committee is also calling for improvements to the Stony Point line, including improved rolling stock, passing loops at a number of stations, and station amenity upgrades. These upgrades would result in more frequent and reliable services and better connect commuters to town centres and Frankston.
  • Renewable Energy Terminal Victoria 
    • The development of Turbine projects off the coast of Bass Strait presents the Port of Hastings with a unique opportunity to play a central role in the development of Australia’s Clean Energy Future in Hastings.  The Committee welcomes the Government's announcement to make the Port of Hastings the site for a future Renewable Energy Terminal. 
  • Bus Network Transformation
    • The Committee is seeking a cross-peninsula bus service between Hastings and Mornington and Rosebud, as part of an improved Mornington Peninsula bus network with improved route efficiencies and frequencies.  The Committee commends the Government on its upgrades over the past three years to the 788, 887 and 781 services and now calls on the Government to deliver better connectivity across the Peninsula. Such an investment would cut travel times, connect workers with businesses, and get visitors and locals to town centres more often, more frequently, and more reliably.
  • Improving Opportunities for Local Industry
    • The Committee is continuing to advocate for surplus port-related industrial land to be made available for broader high amenity industrial and commercial uses to support local industry, encourage investment and create local jobs.

The Committee for Mornington Peninsula is the peak advocacy body on the Mornington Peninsula.

It is an independent, member-based organisation committed to leading and influencing long-term outcomes and contributing to our strategic objectives for the Mornington Peninsula.

The Committee represents its members – including businesses, community organisations, and not-for-profits - and works beyond electoral cycles and partisan politics to enhance social, economic, and environmental sustainability to improve our regions’ liveability, growth, and sustainability.

The Committee for Mornington Peninsula was formed because we can and must do a better job at attracting State and Federal Government funding, policy attention and sustainable investment.

As a Committee, we look forward to working closely with our elected representatives, State and Federal Government’s and Community Leaders to help deliver significant Government investment to our region.

Joshua Sinclair 

CEO Committee for Mornington Peninsula