The Shire of Mornington Peninsula is a local government area in southeastern Metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located to the south of the Melbourne City Centre. It has an area of 724 square kilometres and in June 2018 it had a population of 165,822.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire came into existence on 15 December 1994 when the state government amalgamated the previous Shires of Flinders, Hastings and Mornington.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire is split into six wards and eleven Councillors. The six wards are Briars, Cerberus, Nepean, Red Hill, Seawinds and Watson. The current council, as of December 2020, is:
The Shire of Mornington Peninsula was the 34th local government authority in Australia to declare a climate emergency on 13 August 2019 for more information see Climate Emergency in Australia
The Shire of Mornington Peninsula abolished the 150-year-old tradition of reciting a prayer before Council meetings in December 2020. According to the Australian National Secular Lobby Mornington Peninsula Shire Council was the first council or parliament to be removed from their list of government institutions that impose prayers on elected representatives”.