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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 18 June 2021

In this edition: Clean up from last week's storm continues; latest COVID update plus book your vaccine online; join our Girls' Group; school holiday activities; new play space open in Pyalong; have your say on current consultations.

Picture: The second round of the Victorian Government's Get Active Kids Voucher program is now open. Details below.


The clean-up from last week's storm is continuing with some areas still off-limits including Monument Hill Reserve and Kilmore Reservoir Bridge.

Those who live in the natural disaster delcared areas may be eligible for financial assistance. For information on available recovery assistance, visit the Vic Emergency website.

For those who lost power you may be entitled to make a claim for any damage directly resulting from the power outage. Visit AusNet or Powercor for more information.

We're offering free green waste disposal to help the community clean-up after last week's storms at our Broadford and Pyalong Resource Recovery Centres again this weekend.

  • Pyalong will open from noon-4pm on Sunday, and 9am-1pm on Monday.
  • Broadford will open from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this at Seymour or Wallan as we do not have space on these sites for larger volumes of tree material.

Leaves, twigs, garden weeds, grass clippings and tree branches under 30cm in diameter can be dropped off.

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COVID RESTRICTIONS Most Council services now open

We're slowly getting back to normal with COVID restrictions easing further today, including the return of our Learn to Swim, group fitness and children's library programs.

These are some of the changes for us here in Mitchell:

  • Masks required indoors, and outdoors if you can't physically distance
  • Travel permitted between Metro and Regional areas
  • Public outdoor gatherings with up to 50 people
  • Private indoor gatherings with up to 5 people per day

Most of our council services have now resumed, with some exceptions. Visit our website for a detailed list.

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VACCINATION UPDATE Online booking system available

Anyone over the age of 40 is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine, and bookings can now be made online.

The Federal Government has also announced some important changes this week. Pfizer is now the recommended vaccine for people under the age of 60 and from early July will be available through some GP clinics.

You can read more about the announcement here including information for people aged 50-59 who have already had their first AstraZeneca vaccine.

People over 50 are eligible for AstraZeneca and can walk in, book via phone or online, or visit their GP.

Beveridge Girls' Group. Meet every Wednesday in Term 3 starting 21 July from 4.30pm - 6pm at Greater Beveridge Community Centre.
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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Plenty on offer to keep kids busy

On the eve of another school holidays with restrictions on travel and socialising, Mitchell Shire Council has a number of small group and online activities to help keep young minds entertained.

Get your creative juices going at the Youth Graffiti Workshop or little ones can enjoy arts and crafts at our libraries. There are also online cooking classes, a pop up recording studio and a robotics workshop.

Bookings are essential for all school holiday activities.

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TIME TO PLAY New play space opens in Pyalong

The swings are in, the slide is up, and the lines are painted on the basketball half-court – the new Pyalong play space is ready for action just in time for the school holidays.

Situated in the heart of town, this new space is set to become a popular destination the community can enjoy.

Grab some mates for a friendly game of half-court basketball, watch the kids master the climbing frame or fly high on the swings, there’s even a nature play area with logs and stepping stones.


The second round of the Victorian Government's Get Active Kids Voucher program is now open.

The program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration, uniforms and equipment.

Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each. Children must be aged 4 to 18 and named on a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and Medicare Card, or meet the Special Consideration criteria to be eligible.

This round of vouchers is available until 9 July.


Helping families cover sports costs.

Input wanted

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Historic Cultural Heritage and Living Cultures Policy draft

We've prepared a new policy to formalise Council's current practices and to meet updated legislative requirements through the establishment of an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Historic Cultural Heritage and Living Cultures Policy.

We're presenting this document for input before we consider the policy for adoption. Submissions close 9am Thursday 1 July.

We have several other consultations open featured below and would like to hear your views and ideas. Please take the time to fill out some of the surveys and help shape the future of our community.

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BROADFORD PARKS Drop-in session cancelled

We've received State Government funding for a new play space in Wattle Street and outdoor fitness equipment in Donaldson Drive as part of the Broadford Play Space activation.

With COVID restrictions still saying if you can work from home you should work home, we’ve decided to cancel the drop-in session scheduled for Wednesday 23 June. If you have any questions about the plans you can call the Recreation and Open Space Team on 5734 6200.

The activation of the Broadford parks and play spaces project includes an upgrade of the Memorial Park playground which is ready for construction.

The survey closes 9am, Monday 28 June.

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FOCUS ON ROADS Road Management Plan review

The Road Management Plan sets out service standards for local road, bridge, footpath, kerb and channel maintenance.

We've reviewed service levels with improvement across most categories including intervention levels and response times.

Council manages more than 700kms of sealed roads, 714km of unsealed roads, 316kms of footpaths, 67 vehicle bridges and 41 pedestrian bridges.

Have your say before the survey closes at 9am, Monday 28 June.

KING AND QUEEN ST Have your say on Wallan plan

We're calling on a second round of submissions for the Draft King and Queen Street Masterplan, Wallan, to inform all submitters and those might still like to make a submission but want to find out more.

After reviewing a number of submissions from the first round which closed in August 2020, we decided to investigate a number of the projects within the Masterplan.

We've developed a Draft Masterplan for the King and Queen Street precinct area to help guide development and growth over the next few decades.

Survey closes 9am, Monday 28 June.

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ROAD RENAMING Parker Court Seymour

We're proposing to rename Parker Court in Seymour to Parker Drive.

This change has been proposed in recognition of the change in the way Parker Court will be able to be accessed once new developments in the area are completed. Parker Court will become a 'through road' and will no longer meet the definition of a 'court'.

Updating the name to Parker Drive will ensure that there is no confusion to people who are trying to locate properties on this section of road.

Survey closes 9am, Monday 28 June.

CURRENT VACANCIES Looking for a new career?

Have you considered a career with Mitchell Shire Council or do you know someone who is looking for work?
We are recruiting for the following roles:

  • Corporate Planner
  • Events and Business Advisor
  • Events and Business Administrator
  • Administration Officer - Local Laws
  • Swim Instructors

The upcoming Council Meeting will be held online due to COVID restrictions.

Usually our Council Meeting would be on Monday 21 June, but this month we're holding it a week later on Monday 28 June at 7pm.

You can watch previous meetings online.

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