With over 300kms of unsealed roads on the Peninsula, the question of sealing many of these roads has been circulating for some time. There are many impacts that unmade roads can make to our community, including land degradation, water quality and air quality as well as costs to residents and the shire. On the other hand, many community members feel that unsealed roads add the character of our local area. Keep reading to find out my thoughts.

Mount Martha Community says No!

Augusta St in Mount Martha has been the centrepiece of a hot debate between locals and council, with plans to seal the road and adjoining streets. Locals in the area want the road to remain unsealed, claiming “they value the ambience of the dirt road environment and want it retained. They do not want the suburban look and feel of so many of the Mt Martha streets”. Locals reference the nearby Shanns Avenue, which underwent a road seal and an abundance of townhouses soon followed.

Melbourne’s answer to Byron Bay

From an agent point of view, I tend to agree that the much of the atmosphere of Mount Martha is drawn from its beachside town feeling. Mount Martha is often referred to as ‘Melbourne’s answer to Byron Bay’, and this has a direct correlation with the unsealed, dirt roads. Many local agents believe “sealing the unmade streets will have a detrimental impact from a market value perspective through the loss of amenity”. What are your thoughts? To seal or not to seal? To read more about the plans for Augusta Rd, click here. If you have any questions in regards to Mornington Peninsula real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on 0419 432 669.