Mornington Peninsula Shire Council adopted the 2021–22 Budget at its meeting on 22 June 2021.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on our draft budget, your input has been invaluable and helped shape our thinking.

Covid recovery will be a major focus throughout the 2021–22 financial year with Council investing $10M directly towards recovery projects, programs and initiatives such as:

  • Waiving fees and charges to the value of $1 million. This relief will be provided across the community and business sector and to our most vulnerable.
  • Using $650,000 to re-establish the Outdoor Dining and Township Activation program from October 2021 – April 2022, streamlining processes to ensure the repeat success of this initiative for our hospitality industry.
  • Ensuring a green recovery and rebuild our local economy with a focus on transitioning to a net zero carbon energy sector with $500,000 to fast track priority Climate Emergency Actions.
  • Building disaster resilience with $250,000 to enhance Emergency Management capability and preparedness of the Peninsula.
  • Scoping and implement an ‘on demand’ bus service trial to the value of $110,000.
  • Rolling out over $2 million to empower those most in need and our community through a range of grants in the following categories: events, community recovery, business recovery, social service provider community support, youth and biolinks.
  • Planning for long term changes in our community through funding key migration and social connection research ($155,000).
  • Spending $250,000 to support community-built bike tracks where kids and adults can connect, enjoy themselves and get active.
  • Using $490,000 to progress the Bay Trail construction readying necessary concept designs, approvals and advocacy.
  • Fast tracking and expanding our social housing planning and advocacy by allocating $100,000.

The Budget also includes other community-minded initiatives, such as:

  • $35,000 to continue Communities that Care
  • $52,000 for a new Mornington Peninsula festival
  • $142,000 ‘First 1000 Days Program’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • $2.2 million for vital infrastructure and community connections
  • $125,000 for Mornington Peninsula Technology Park

The State Government sets out the maximum amount Councils may increase rates in a year. For 2021–22 the rate cap has been set at 1.5%.

The 2021–22 Capital Works Budget is $42,928,200. Some big-ticket items include:

  • $4.0m: Safer Local Roads works
  • $2.4m: Community Facilities renewal works
  • $2.1m: Sorrento Ferry Terminal Project
  • $1.9m: Footpath renewal program
  • $1.6m: Flinders Civic Hall redevelopment
  • $1.6m: Narambi Reserve Junior Oval
  • $1.3m: Hastings Boat Launching Facility – Floating Pontoon
  • $1.1m: Balnarring Recreation Reserve Oval Rehabilitation

The 2021–22 Priority Projects Budget is $7,954,000. Some projects include:

  • $700k: Food Waste Collection
  • $310k: Performing Arts Fund
  • $252k: Carbon Neutrality
  • $225k: Mornington Peninsula Open Space Strategy
  • $200k: Arts and Culture Plan
  • $200k: Hastings Foreshore Plan
  • $175k: Mornington Peninsula Coastal Strategy

The budget was discussed at the Council Meeting on 22 June 2021, watch the video here.

A full copy of the Adopted Budget 2021-22 can be downloaded at mornpen.vic.gov.au/budget