Shire of Mornington Peninsula

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Mornington Peninsula Shire
Victoria
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Population168,948 (2021)[1] (40th)
 • Density233.35/km2 (604.4/sq mi)
Established1994
Area724 km2 (279.5 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Steve Holland [1]
Council seatRosebud
RegionSoutheast Metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)Mornington, Nepean, Hastings
Federal division(s)Dunkley, Flinders
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WebsiteMornington Peninsula Shire
LGAs around Mornington Peninsula Shire:
Port Phillip Frankston Casey
Port Phillip Mornington Peninsula Shire Western Port
Bass Strait Bass Strait Bass Strait

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.[1]

History[edit]

The Mornington Peninsula Shire came into existence on 15 December 1994 when the state government amalgamated the previous Shires of Flinders, Hastings and Mornington.[2]

On August 13, 2019, the Shire voted to declare a climate emergency in response to other similar declarations from councils around Australia.

The Shire abolished the 150-year-old tradition of reciting a prayer before Council meetings in December 2020. According to the Australian National Secular Lobby, the Shire was the first council or parliament to be removed from their list of government institutions that impose prayers on elected representatives”.[3]

Council[edit]

Electoral representation[edit]

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is split into six wards and eleven Councillors. The six wards are Briars, Cerberus, Nepean, Red Hill, Seawinds and Watson.[4] The current council, as of December 2020, is:[5]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Briars   Independent Despi O'Connor
  Liberal Steve Holland Mayor
  Independent Anthony Marsh
Cerberus   Independent Lisa Dixon
Nepean   Independent Susan Bissinger Elected at recount
  Independent Sarah Race
Red Hill   Independent David Gill
Seawinds   Independent Antonella Celi
  Independent Kerri McCafferty
  Liberal Debra Mar Deputy Mayor
Watson   Labor Paul Mercurio

Townships and localities[edit]

The 2021 census, the shire had a population of 168,948 up from 154,999 in the 2016 census[6]

Population
Locality 2016 2021
Arthurs Seat 394 414
Balnarring 2,270 2,371
Balnarring Beach 418 471
Baxter 2,162 2,166
Bittern 3,705 4,276
Blairgowrie 2,313 2,786
Boneo 354 314
Cape Schanck 446 569
Capel Sound * 5,246
Crib Point 3,183 3,343
Population
Locality 2016 2021
Dromana 5,803 6,626
Fingal 529 637
Flinders 905 1,130
Hastings 9,609 10,369
Hmas Cerberus 1,040 1,124
Main Ridge 416 453
McCrae 2,823 3,311
Merricks 190 184
Merricks Beach 127 157
Merricks North 426 423
Population
Locality 2016 2021
Moorooduc 1,098 1,004
Mornington 23,989 25,759
Mount Eliza 17,888 18,734
Mount Martha 18,548 19,846
Pearcedale^ 3,821 3,867
Point Leo 158 178
Portsea 510 787
Red Hill 924 1,009
Red Hill South 603 708
Rosebud 13,195 14,381
Population
Locality 2016 2021
Rye 8,416 9,438
Safety Beach 4,821 6,328
Shoreham 608 679
Somers 1,667 1,857
Somerville 11,336 11,767
Sorrento 1,592 2,013
St Andrews Beach 889 974
Tootgarook 2,869 3,178
Tuerong 354 357
Tyabb 3,338 3,449

^ - Territory divided with another LGA
* - Not noted in 2016 Census

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017–18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), Mornington Peninsula Shire has three offices throughout Frankston and Mornington 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Hastings". Victorian Places. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  3. ^ McCullough, Cameron (14 December 2020). "God purged from council 'prayer'". Mornington Peninsula News. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Our Wards". Mornington Peninsula Shire. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Our Councillors - Mornington Peninsula Shire". www.mornpen.vic.gov.au.
  6. ^ "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". www.abs.gov.au. 11 January 2023.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°26′S 145°00′E / 38.433°S 145.000°E / -38.433; 145.000