Dear Premier,

I would like to start this letter by thanking you and your front-line workers for their efforts during this pandemic to keep us safe.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is equally focused on keeping our community safe and with zero active cases we respectfully request that you adopt a more tailored approach to ease restrictions in our region. This will reduce negative impact on the personal, social and economic hardship faced by our community; keep our residents safe; give our businesses a much needed boost to start operating again and allow our community the freedoms offered to regional Victorians.

We assert that the adoption of the Metropolitan Melbourne administrative boundary to control the spread of a pandemic does not appear to be based on current health indicators as illustrated when comparing the Mornington Peninsula Shire with regions such as the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG).

The CoGG is presently facing reduced restrictions due to its classification as a regional area, despite having active cases. The Mornington Peninsula has no active cases, with only one case in the past 10 months.

Council urges the Government to approach any restrictions imposed on the Mornington Peninsula Shire in a more sophisticated manner based on current health indicators across our Local Government Area, not an administrative boundary that has no direct link to the spread of this pandemic. This will limit the unnecessary suffering caused across our community resulting from COVID-19 restrictions at times when there are no active cases.

We look forward to working with you and the health department to achieve optimal vaccination rates and the best health outcomes for our community in the face of these challenges and work towards a future when these restrictions are rendered unnecessary.

Kind regards,

Councillor Despi O’Connor
Mornington Peninsula Shire