What we are asking

Urgent investment in sustainably built social and affordable housing:

  • A Peninsula commitment of at least $100 million from the Big Housing Build program, in line with investment commitments in other regional areas.
  • Urgent support for crisis accommodation on the Peninsula.
  • Mandatory inclusionary zoning to ensure social or affordable housing is included in all new housing projects.
  • Support for key worker accommodation to safeguard local jobs and businesses. • Improved public transport on the Mornington Peninsula to ensure access to services.
  • Measures to balance short-term and long-term rentals.
  • Action on the National Affordable Housing Alliance’s call for Federal investment in social and affordable housing.

Support for local homeless services:

  • Support for two outreach workers (Westernport and southern Peninsula) to engage directly with residents without a home or in housing stress.
  • Funding for the creation of a ‘by name list’ to support rough sleepers on the Peninsula.
  • Funding for a Youth Foyer and crisis accommodation in the Frankston/Mornington area.

Reform of the homeless service system:

  • A more integrated and person-centred system.
  • Increased Commonwealth Rent Assistance
  • A National Housing Strategy and a plan to end homelessness by 2030

What makes this unique

The cost of owning or renting a home on the Mornington Peninsula is rising fast – it is now more expensive to live on the Peninsula than in Melbourne.

We have a comparatively small rental market that is targeted towards short-stay tourism accommodation.

Low-income local residents are being forced out of the region – away from their families and support networks.

Our tourism and hospitality sectors are struggling to attract workers due to a lack of affordable accommodation.

Rising rents and property values means there is a growing number of local residents who are at serious risk of becoming homeless on the Peninsula. This includes many elderly residents.

Businesses are operating below capacity because of a lack of affordable accommodation for workers.

Women and children are also disproportionately affected, often due to family violence.

There is no dedicated crisis accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula. The unmet demand is clear, with temporary crisis housing at The Ranch Motel having seen all 13 rooms full, almost every day since it opened over a year ago.

Inadequate public transport makes accessing crisis accommodation and services off the Peninsula unviable.

The number of people on our local social housing waiting list is high (2,434 as of Sept 2021). Half have been assessed as having a priority need (1,162 as of Sept 2021). This list is growing.

Our community faces significant social and economic challenges:

  • Six towns suffer housing stress higher than the Australian average.
  • 33% of residents are in rental stress
  • 16% of homeless residents sleep rough every night (the sixth worst LGA in Victoria).
  • Median weekly household income is $1,276, much less than in Greater Melbourne ($1,542).

The economic impact of COVID-19 hit the Mornington Peninsula particularly hard, with a 21% reduction in Gross Regional Product (compared to 6.9% across Australia) and an 11% reduction in employment opportunities.

The Peninsula community experiences higher rates of alcohol and gambling-related harm than comparable regions across Victoria.

During consultation for our Triple A Housing Plan 2020-2030, our community called for:

  • Council to make a larger contribution to housing
  • Additional crisis accommodation options provided away from the foreshore
  • Council to take the lead on projects that provide targeted support for identified groups
  • More certainty, opportunity and a fast-track approval processes for developers wishing to build affordable housing, including small housing and second dwellings.

Our Triple A Housing Plan calls for the delivery of Council land for a housing project every three years (or a financial contribution, subject to the normal budget process).

We are now leveraging Council-owned land parcels as part of an EOI, calling for social and affordable housing providers to partner with us. A parallel community engagement process on this subject is also underway.

The Shire also subsidises the operation of three Community Support Centres at Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings, as well as the Peninsula Housing Network.

Our Council and Wellbeing Plan 2021 – 2025, which reflects the goals and aspirations of our Community Vision, identifies housing as a key issue.