Thursday, 08 September 2016
Mornington MP David Morris has called on the Minister for Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio, to step in and fix the ongoing problems at “The Pillars”, Mount Martha.
In parliament last week Mr. Morris urged the Minister and her department to work with the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to ensure that the situation is resolved before the coming summer season.
Speaking today, Mr. Morris said that “almost overnight ‘The Pillars’ became a must visit destination for young Victorians from across the metropolitan area. While usually just out for a harmless and pleasant day by the bay, the sheer volume of numbers has caused constant traffic problems”.
“Significant safety risks, while I’m not adverse to anyone having some fun, there are risks both on the road through the number of cars parking in no-standing zones and through inexperienced swimmers jumping from the cliff into the bay. Swimmers were injured last summer, and volunteers from both the Mount Martha Life Saving Club and Mount Martha CFA have had to divert significant time and energy to managing the risk.”
“The Government has been aware of the difficulties in this location since January, yet the problem remains unresolved. The Council simply does not have the power to deal with the situation. The issues at the Pillars require a multi-jurisdictional approach, and only the State Government, through the Minister for Environment, have the authority to solve the problem” Mr. Morris said.
“Cooler weather over winter provided a temporary reprieve, but the Government failed to capitalize on the opportunity. While minor works were undertaken after I last raised the issue in Parliament (in February), including some trimming of vegetation and the installation of temporary traffic signs, no permanent fix has been agreed, let alone implemented.”
“The Government needs to come good on its promise to solve this problem before summer again brings out the crowds.”