Mornington Peninsula Shire
Mornington Peninsula Shire supports community connectedness and social justice. It seeks to promote compassion and encourage opportunities for all citizens to live in peace and dignity, to reach their full potential and to realise their aspirations.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire has a mandate to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and their communities. Instead of dealing with symptoms, local government’s public and social health planning aims to address the causes of poor health by seeking to keep people active, healthy and out of hospital. The Shire’s planning and policy, infrastructure and services help shape the community in which people lead their lives. As a result, the Shire influences many of the factors which affect health outcomes. For example, there are well-recognised links between overall community health and wellbeing and access to affordable fresh food, active sports, social housing, smoke free areas, alcohol free areas, both passive and active recreation facilities and public open space.
The Shire’s Health & Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 (Hope and Happiness) is designed to help create, sustain and enhance healthy vibrant communities on the Mornington Peninsula now and into the future. It supports the Shire’s mission in caring for the Mornington Peninsula and its diverse communities within a sustainable framework.
The Shire is committed to participating in the Peninsula Model at all levels to assist it meet its health and wellbeing goals for the community.