a major destination
"Rising above the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat is the most familiar of all Port Phillip Bay landscape features. Its 314-metre summit, reached by road or on foot, gives spectacular views of the bay and Port Phillip Heads. On a clear day the view extends as far as the city skyline, the You Yangs and Mount Macedon." Visit Victoria
"The Mornington Peninsula is renowned for its nature-based lifestyle and gourmet food and wine experiences. Coastal, rural and natural settings are a key feature across the Mornington Peninsula." Mornington Peninsula Shire Economic Development Strategy
The vibrant and lucrative tourism industry is reliant upon natural settings, parks and native bushland, beaches and fresh local produce. The quarry site sits within 600 m from the nearest vineyard accommodation. Digger's Seeds (of the Digger's Club, Australia's largest garden club and supplier of heirloom seeds) is only 850 m away.
There are a number of popular wineries within 1.5 km of the site (Foxey's Hangout, Main Ridge Estate, Abelli Estate), as are cherry farms and a local cheese producer. There is a popular brewery, cidery and distillery within 2 km. Dozens of wineries, accommodation venues and cafes are within a 3 km radius. (Local schools and kindergarten are even closer).
They will be subjected to quarry pollution including blasts, dust clouds, heavy vehicle traffic and emissions, noise, an ugly landscape and the constant noise emitted from the quarry crusher.
It makes no economic sense
Peninsula Region tourism (largely Mornington Peninsula Shire) accounts for the highest regional tourism Gross Regional Product of all regions close to Melbourne and is a leader in state tourism (along with the Great Ocean Road and High Country Regions).
Peninsula Region GRP is estimated at $1.13 billion in 2018-2019. For Mornington Peninsula Shire, this translates to 10,000 jobs, growing at a very fast 8% annually.
What does the proposed quarry offer in contrast? According to its own submission, just 35 jobs.
Tourism and the environmental integrity of the region is far more valuable than any proceeds from the quarry. We need to send a strong message to the State Government that it would be crazy to allow this to proceed.
Join us in telling them NO!