Mornington Peninsula ShireCommunity profile

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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Mornington is 24,894, with a population density of 11.81 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Mornington is bounded by Manmangur Creek, Oakbank Road, the Mornington Tourist Railway Line and Wooralla Drive in the north, the Moorooduc Highway in the east, Bentons Road in the south, and Port Phillip Bay in the west.

Name origin

Mornington is thought to be named after the Earl of Mornington.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming , fishing and timber-getting, and later fruit growing. The township of Mornington was established in the 1850s, spurred by land sales in 1854 and the construction of the pier in 1857. Growth took place between the 1860s and 1880s, with Mornington developing as one of the major retail and economic centres of the Mornington Peninsula. Expansion continued in the early 1900s, aided by improved access. Significant development occurred from the 1950s, with rapid growth in the southern section from the 1980s. The population continued to increase between 1991 and 2011 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Mornington is a growing residential area, with some commercial areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Main Street shopping area, Mornington Central (shopping centre), Mornington Village Shopping Centre, Bentons Square Shopping Centre, Peninsula Home (Homemaker Centre), Mornington Racecourse, Mornington Golf Club, Par 3 Golf Course, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington Tourist Railway, The Bays Hospital, Beleura Private Hospital, The Mornington Centre, The Old Post Office Museum, Mornington Youth & Community Centre, Linley Point, Schnapper Point, Mornington Pier, Civic Reserve Recreation Centre (including David Collings Stadium), Mornington Indoor Sports Centre, Civic Reserve, Dallas Brooks Park, Adelaide Reserve, Alexandra Park, Beleura Park, Berry Reserve, Butler Reserve, Campbell Reserve, C B Wilson Reserve, Elizabeth Reserve, Elsie Dorrington Reserve, Fishermans Creek Reserve, Flinders Park, Kirton Reserve, Memorial Park, Mitchell Reserve, Morell Reserve, Mornington Park, Narambi Reserve, Neptune Reserve, Nunns Reserve, Oakridge Reserve, Pine Avenue Reserve, Serpentine Reserve, Tallis Park, Venice Reserve, Warilda Reserve, the Port Phillip Bay foreshore, various beaches and numerous schools.