What we are asking

Help us make the Mornington Peninsula one of the world’s great walking and cycling destinations. Much of the proposed 100km Peninsula Trail is already in place. To fill in the four priority missing links we need:

  • $50 million in total
  • This includes $30 million over four years for Phase 1 (Baxter to Somerville, Mornington to Moorooduc and Southern Peninsula)

  • NOTE: Council has already committed $10 million to this project over the next five years, the Victorian Government $3 million (Growing Suburbs Fund) and the Federal Government $4 million (Community Development Grants and Community Infrastructure Programs).

    What makes this unique

    It puts within reach a world-class off-road cycling trail all the way from Port Melbourne to Port Phillip Heads

    and Western Port. The Peninsula Trail will connect to Melbourne’s Bay Trail, taking cyclists from the mouth of the Yarra to the entrance of Port Phillip. A second branch would take cyclists along Western Port to Balnarring. The Peninsula Trail has the potential to become one of the great scenic trails of the world, offering some of the best food, wine and cultural experiences in Australia and significantly boosting our economy.

    After two years of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, the Mornington Peninsula’s tourism and hospitality sector needs revitalisation.

    The Peninsula Trail has been identified as key to boosting local tourism and creating jobs.

    It has the potential to attract off-peak and mid-week tourists and more evenly disperse them across the Peninsula.

    It will offer exciting new opportunities for guided walking and cycling tours of the Peninsula’s vibrant food, wine and art scene.

    It will also unlock the potential for eco-tourism, as well as Aboriginal cultural and historic tours.

    Our communities have been walking and cycling more than ever during COVID-19 and have renewed appreciation for the mental health and well-being benefits of safe open spaces.

    The Peninsula Trail will connect many of the Peninsula’s townships to a network of safer more accessible walking and cycling trails, creating ‘20-minute neighbourhoods’ and reducing reliance on cars.

    Many of the Peninsula’s business have been hit hard by the pandemic, including tourism, which supports 7% of local jobs.

    It is estimated the Peninsula Trail will generate a total economic output of $111million ($37 million direct and $74 million indirect) and support 267 jobs (76 direct and 191 indirect) during construction phase.

    The operational phase is estimated to deliver $9.7 million direct and $14 million indirect visitor expenditure and $9 million in health cost saving benefits to local residents per annum and support 109 (FTE) local jobs (71 direct and 38 indirect).

    The Peninsula Trail aligns with:

    • the Federal Government’s draft Thrive 2030 Re-Imagined Visitor Economy and the objectives of Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand
    • the Victorian Government’s commitment to investing in walking and cycling infrastructure to promote active transport (The Victorian Cycling Strategy, 2018- 2028)
    • localities identified within the Department of Transport Strategic Cycling Corridor and Principal Bicycle Network
    • the priorities of the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy, most specifically to invest in nature-based and local infrastructure.

    Peninsula Trail has been chosen by all eight Rotary Clubs across the Mornington Peninsula as a signature project to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia.

    It also has the support of a wide range of local organisations including schools, the Baxter Residents and Traders Progress Action Committee, Mornington Community SafeLink Group, Rye Community Group Alliance, Red Hill Riders and the Mornington Preservation Society.

    Council Plan consultation identified better cycling and walking infrastructure as a community priority. Peninsula Trail would support all Community Plan themes considering the active transport, amenity and increased tourism the project would deliver.

    Theme 1: A healthy natural environment and well-planned townships

    Theme 2: A robust, innovative and diverse economy

    Theme 3: A flourishing, healthy and connected community

    The Missing Links

    Of the 11 missing links there are four priority sections.

    Mornington to Moorooduc and Somerville to Baxter.

    Download: Mornington to Moorooduc
    Download: Somerville to Baxter

    Council has secured $4M for a Somerville to Baxter Shared Path from the Federal Government and $3M from the State Government through its Growing Suburbs Fund.

    Anthony’s Nose, Whitecliffs in Rye, Blairgowrie Yacht Club and Hughes Road.

    Download: Southern Peninsula Missing Links

    Collectively referred to as the Southern Peninsula Missing Links, funding for these gaps in the trail has been requested from the State Government through its Growing Suburbs Program.

    Merricks to Balnarring and Balnarring to Bittern.

    Download: Hinterland Connecting Trails

    Safety Beach to Mt Martha, Red Hill to Arthur's Seat and Arthur's Seat to Point Nepean Road.

    Download: Safety Beach to Mt Martha Shared Path
    Download: Red Hill to Arthur’s Seat Trail
    Download: Arthur's Seat to Point Nepean Road Trail

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