The Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board is calling on the State Government to reclassify the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley local government areas as regional.
The board has launched an online petition seeking to change the current metropolitan classification out of “the sheer frustration that the businesses and community in the Mornington Peninsula have with the inequity that exists with the current classification”. The Stage 3 COVID-19 lockdown had exacerbated the situation, it added.
“Over the past eight years we have consistently raised the fact that we as a region receive less support than other regions,” the board says. “This includes no access to Regional Development Victoria, no regional concessions for payroll tax, (and) no government support for regional training.
“We decided that continuing to ask the machinery of government to address this issue was a waste of our time. Therefore, we have opted to try to get the elected officials to consider the request via the established petition system. We hope that the process will illustrate to our elected officials that as a community we are not treated equitably and that they will act to rectify this circumstance.”
The closing date for the petition is August 14. It can be signed here