The duplication of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to Boneo Rd will take a major step forward this year with the delivery of a business case to set out timelines and milestones for the project. Once complete, the $65 million duplication will reduce congestion and travel times for the 1.6 million annual visitors and deliver a faster commute for residents.

The historic seaside village of Sorrento has been rejuvenated, with refreshed streetscapes and major redevelopments to boost the township’s tourism credentials. Iconic watering hole, The Continental Hotel, has reopened after a major refurbishment that has turned the 145-year-old hotel into a six-level, five-building dining and accommodation precinct with a new restaurant, public bar, beer garden and pool.

The first stage of a $6.5 million investment to upgrade Rye foreshore and town centre has been unveiled, with Napier Street Plaza now a vibrant community hub. Work to regenerate the foreshore promenade and camping facilities will commence later in the year, with completion expected in 2023.