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Mornington Peninsula Shire

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The Mornington Peninsula Shire is a boot-shaped promontory separating the Port Phillip Bay and Western Port, just over 40 kms south east of Melbourne. 

Characterised by unique townships,highly valued green wedge land, areas of national and international conservation significance and covering 723 Km2 of land, the Mornington Peninsula encompasses 10% of Victoria’s coastlines, spanning 192 kilometres.

Reminiscent of the Mediterranean with its vineyards and olive groves, historic country house retreats and intimate hotels, the Peninsula is one of the major holiday destinations for Melbourne. It encompasses some of Victoria's most iconic national and state parks, world class wineries, a large and diverse range of parks and reserves, foreshore areas, wetlands, and a myriad of bay walking trails. 

The Peninsula has an older population with 24% of the population aged over 65, the highest proportion in Greater Melbourne. The Shire’s industry strengths include building construction, manufacturing, healthcare, tourism and agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Mornington Peninsula is part of the Interface council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.


Arthurs Seat, Balnarring, Balnarring Beach, Baxter, Bittern, Blairgowrie, Boneo, Cape Schanck, Crib Point, Dromana, Fingal, Flinders, Hastings, HMAS Cerberus, Kunyung, Main Ridge, McCrae, Merricks, Merricks Beach, Merricks North, Moorooduc, Mornington, Mount Eliza, Mount Martha, Pearcedale, Point Leo, Portsea, Red Hill, Red Hill South, Rosebud, Rosebud West, Rye, Safety Beach, Shoreham, Somers, Somerville, Sorrento, St Andrews Beach, Tootgarook, Tuerong and Tyabb.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Annual Report 2019/20


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11 Councillors elected in October 2020.

Briars - Cr Steve Holland

Briars - Cr Anthony Marsh

Briars - Cr Despi O'Connor - Mayor

Cerberus - Cr Lisa Dixon

Nepean - Cr Susan Bissinger

Nepean - Cr Sarah Race - Deputy Mayor

Red Hill - Cr David Gill 

Seawinds - Cr Antonella Celi

Seawinds - Cr Debra Mar

Seawinds - Cr Kerri McCafferty

Watson - Cr Paul Mercurio

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 156,696 
  • 2021 164,389 
  • 2026 172,559 
  • 2031 181,839 


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 231.170m 219.648m 209.397m 198.659m 189.510m 193.618m 184.754m 178.044m 177.357m 157.781m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 251.073m 248.152m 231.856m 225.284m 215.311m 212.576m 188.138m 183.082m 177.274m 163.771m
- Rates and Charges 178.259m 168.646m 158.142m 152.941m 147.190m 144.027m 132.280m 122.784m 115.374m 104.627m
- VGC Grants 6.046m 5.886m 5.787m 6.101m 6.439m 6.522m 6.634m 6.227m 6.101m 5.507m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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