In 2021 the Shire empowered the community to help shape our future and develop a new Community Vision for the Peninsula to 2040.

We set up our very first Citizens’ Panel to develop this Community Vision, using the extensive feedback and ideas we got from the community.

Council committed to use the Vision to guide the development of the Council Plan and other key initiatives.

The Citizens’ Panel was such a great success that Council resolved to recruit a new panel each year to help them make better and more informed decisions.

We’ve sent out 10,000 invitations to randomly selected addresses on the Mornington Peninsula.

People who have received an invitation can register their interest by 6 March to be on the Citizens’ Panel.

Of the people who register their interest, we’ll randomly select 45 people to join the Panel.

The selection may be weighted to make sure there are people from all across the community.

The Panel will discuss and influence a range of issues that impact our community; from how we manage the environment, arts and culture, planning and infrastructure, coastal management, green wedge and transport to how we plan our services and programs such as roads and assets maintenance and community health and wellbeing.

In particular, we want them to see how we are going in the delivery of our new four-year Council and Wellbeing Plan, plus some other long-term planning.

We want to hear what our residents have to say about a range of important and sometimes difficult issues. The decision Council make affect everyone and we want to hear from people directly what they think.

This will us make better and more informed decisions.

We expect to have the Panel selected in March and hold monthly sessions from March to November.

We’ll keep our community up to date on how things are going, and you can follow the project by clicking on the yellow ‘follow’ button at the top of this page.

What is a citizens' panel?

A citizens’ panel is a randomly selected group of people who broadly represent their entire community. The people on the panel learn about issues, discuss them with one another, and then make recommendations to Council about what should happen in their community and if/how things should change.

What is our Community Vision?

Welcome (Wominjeka) to the Mornington Peninsula, bound by green spaces and sea. We honour and pay respects to the Traditional Owners of this beautiful land – the Bunurong people. We also pay our deepest respects to their Ancestors and Elders. We are inspired to protect and enhance our distinct region that values its diverse community, environments and townships. Our community spirit thrives, with safe, accessible and inclusive spaces for all. Together we continue to create a sustainable, vibrant and prosperous future that values innovation and shared compassion.

For more information, including the Community Vision principles visit our Community Vision page.

I haven't received an invitation but I want to be involved. What can I do?

Only the 10,000 randomly selected people who received an invitation can register their interest to be involved in the Citizens’ Panel.

That doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you though! We do lots of community consultation of a wide range of projects and issues.

Check out our Shape our Future home page for the many projects which are open for community feedback.