About the Catchment
The catchment covers two Victorian Local Government Areas (LGAs)- Mornington Peninsula (Shire) and Frankston City (Council).
The catchment is a mixed urban and semi-rural area of about 850 square kilometres stretching from Seaford, Carrum and Frankston, about an hour’s travel from the Melbourne CBD, south across the Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento and Portsea at the southern tip, and Cape Shank, Point Leo and the deep water Port of Hastings in the east. The Mornington Peninsula Shire comprises small urban areas, tourist towns, rural agricultural areas and national parks across 20 postcodes, while the City of Frankston is more urban and comprises five postcodes.
The combined population of the two LGAs in 2012 was 282,319. The population growth rate for the City of Frankston was 1.7 per cent averaged for the period 2005-2010 and for the Mornington Peninsula Shire was 1.5 per cent. The growth rate for Victoria in the same period was 1.9 percent. The population of the area swells by up to 100,000 tourists over the summer period and about 40,000 people who use holiday homes on a regular (weekly) basis. The area comprises five Statistical Local Areas (SLA).
Key features of the population demographics
Overall, the catchment has similar proportions to Australian averages at ages below 60 years
- Across the catchment, there are slightly more children 0-14 yrs of age than people aged 65+ years of age
- 32 per cent of the population is aged less than 25 years
- 13.2% is aged 10–19 years which is slightly less than the Victorian average
All age groups 60 years and over have higher proportions in the catchment than the Victorian average
- The proportion of people aged over 65 years is16.9% of the population which is higher than for Victoria-wide (13.8%)
- Mornington Peninsula Shire is one of the most concentrated for the 65+ age group in Australia and projections are that the proportion of this age group will rise from 16.5% to 32% by 2019
- In the 15 years from 2011-2026, the 75-79 year old age group is expected to have a growth rate of 78% and the 85+ age group will grow by 66%
The catchment is a predominantly Anglo population that has a mix of wealth and poverty. Socio-economic data shows that there are small areas that can be called ‘hot-spots’ of disadvantage which warrant close attention in health service and program delivery.
There are numerous social factors that contribute to poor health and wellbeing. For the catchment, in 2011 the following social issues were at play:
- There were 21,214 people who held a health care card of whom 9711 people were living on a disability support pension
- The catchment had a higher than average level of housing stress, and a relatively low percentage of affordable rental housing
- The proportion of low-income individuals and households across the catchment was slightly below average but there were over 7,000 low income/welfare dependent families in the catchment with 12,366 children living in those families. Over 20% of families were headed by a lone parent which is the highest percentage in the state
- Frankston was ranked top of all metropolitan LGAs for reported incidents of family violence, and the 3rd highest LGA in Victoria
- Child protection issues in Frankston were one of the highest in Victoria – in North Frankston, the rate was double the southern metropolitan average and in Hastings, the rates were triple
- Disengagement of youth from school and work was much higher than the Victorian average, although the rates of young Aboriginal people participating in school was higher than the Victorian average
Although data about the rates of homelessness was patchy, it was estimated that housing was a significant issue and that people experiencing homelessness (women and their children, teens, people in rooming houses and caravans) are hidden from official counts.