The COVID-19 lockdowns faced by Victorians revealed many issues on the Peninsula. One of the biggest issues is that the Peninsula remains classified as part of metropolitan Melbourne.
I strongly support the Peninsula being designated as regional in order to remedy the many disadvantages we suffer by being ‘metro Melbourne’.
Working with our key industries in recent years, as well as the Committee for the Mornington Peninsula and the Mornington Peninsula Foundation, I am very familiar with the disadvantages we suffer because of our current classification.
Despite our geographical distance, the Mornington Peninsula has the same status the Melbourne CBD, but without the city-based benefits.
In so many parts of Flinders, we live among dirt roads, septic tanks, tanked gas, few public transport options and no higher education, but continue to be classified as ‘metro Melbourne’.
Despite this, the Geelong region, and its 250,000 residents that are closer to the Melbourne CBD, is considered regional.
This issue must be addressed appropriately to ensure the Mornington Peninsula gets the services we need and deserve. Lend your voice to this issue by signing the petition below.