Shire of Mornington Peninsula

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Mornington Peninsula Shire
Population165,822 (2018)[1] (40th)
 • Density229.04/km2 (593.2/sq mi)
Area724 km2 (279.5 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Despi O'Connor [1]
Council seatRosebud
RegionSoutheast Metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)Mornington, Nepean, Hastings
Federal Division(s)Dunkley, Flinders
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]

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]


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.[3] The current council, as of December 2020, is:[4]

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

Timeline of Significant Political Events[edit]

  • The Shire of Mornington Peninsula was the 34th local government authority in Australia to declare a climate emergency on 13 August 2019[5] 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”.[6]

Localities, towns and suburbs[edit]

Locality Total
Arthurs Seat 394
Balnarring 2,270
Balnarring Beach 418
Baxter 2,162
Bittern 3,705
Blairgowrie 2,313
Boneo 354
Capel Sound 4,930
Cape Schanck 446
Crib Point 3,179
Locality Total
Dromana 5,803
Fingal 529
Flinders 905
Hastings 9,609
HMAS Cerberus 1,040
McCrae 2,823
Main Ridge 416
Merricks 2,421
Merricks Beach 127
Merricks North 426
Locality Total
Moorooduc 1,098
Mornington 23,989
Mount Eliza 17,888
Mount Martha 18,548
Pearcedale 3,821
Point Leo 158
Portsea 510
Red Hill 924
Rosebud 13,195
Locality Total
Rye 8,416
Safety Beach 4,821
Shoreham 608
Somers 1,667
Somerville 11,336
Sorrento 1,592
St Andrews Beach 889
Tootgarook 2,868
Tuerong 341
Tyabb 3,338

See also[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. ^ "Our Wards". Mornington Peninsula Shire. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Our Councillors - Mornington Peninsula Shire".
  5. ^ "Climate Emergency Plan Adoption". Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  6. ^ McCullough, Cameron (14 December 2020). "God purged from council 'prayer'". Mornington Peninsula News. Retrieved 22 December 2020.

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