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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 30 July 2021

In this edition: Works start on expanding two kindergartens; Council services reopen; where to get your COVID vaccination; join our Beveridge Girls Group; help to get your little one to sleep; National Tree Day; keep the Mitchell 2050 conversation going.

Picture: Our swim instructors are delighted to be back in the pool for our Learn to Swim lessons.

Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes.

Expansion works have started on two kindergartens to ensure they are ready to welcome extra students, with the introduction of 5 hours of funded 3-year-old kinder in 2022.

Marie Williams Kindergarten and Kilmore Maternal and Child Health Centre will be transformed into an integrated family and children’s centre welcoming an additional 58 kindergarten places.

The $3.36 million upgrade is thanks to $1.86 million from the Victorian Government’s Building Blocks fund, $1.1 million from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund and more than $394,000 from Mitchell Shire Council.

Works at Wandong Kindergarten and Wandong Maternal and Child Health Centre will see an extra 20 kindergarten places made available.

The $498,000 Wandong Kindergarten Expansion is funded by the Victorian State Government through the Building Blocks fund.

Member for Northern Victoria, the Hon. Jaclyn Symes (pictured right) and Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson (pictured left) visited the two sites this week.

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MOST SERVICES OPEN COVID restrictions ease

Most of our services have returned to face-to-face delivery in line with the easing of restrictions this week. 

For a detailed service listing including opening details for our pools and gyms, resource recovery centres, customer service, libraries, youth rooms and many more, please visit our website

For all other government information including current restrictions, testing centres, vaccines, and other support visit the link below.

Man getting a vaccination
VACCINATION UPDATE More options available

If you are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19, we encourage you to book an appointment as soon as possible. Locally, you can get your vaccination at Kilmore District Health and Seymour Health.

There are also a number of local GP clinics who are offering the vaccine. Check with your GP to see if they are.

Booking an appointment is quick and easy, either by phone or online.

Four girls

Girls, women, non-binary and gender non-conforming people aged 12 to 18 are invited to join our free group. Join us in a safe and welcoming environment for free food, make friends and discuss issues important to you. The group meets Wednesdays in Term 3 from 4.30-6pm at the Greater Beveridge Community Centre.

IN THE POOL New Swim and Survive Program

We are excited to welcome students back to our Learn to Swim classes.

We're making some updates during Term 3 as we transition to a new national curriculum which provides national benchmarks for children’s swimming and water safety competencies.

We anticipate minimal disruption to classes, and assessments will be ongoing during the term to ensure every child is in their correct level.

The new curriculum includes four Infant levels and 12 general Swim and Survive levels.

SETTLING PROGRAM Tips to help your child sleep

Are you the parent or carer of a baby or toddler who struggles with sleep?

The sleep and settling program is being offered in person with home visits and group information sessions.

Gain tips and tools to help you get your child settled and off to a sound sleep. We offer programs tailored to the child's age.

For all appointments and enquiries please call central bookings on 5734 6253.


It's almost time for National Tree Day, where residents will be given the chance to play their part in a better future on 1 August.

You can celebrate in your own backyard by planting a native plant or just getting out into nature. 

This year, Council is partnering with Melbourne Water to run a Spring community planting day in Hadfield Park Wallan, as part of the Wallan Creek Naturalisation project. We'll be doing this later this year, so keep an eye out for details.

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, Planet Ark also have some great National Tree Day activity sheets on their website.

Children planting a tree

Get involved in National Tree Day.

2050 Your Vision
The conversation continues

We had more than 1400 responses to the Mitchell 2050 survey and a range of wonderful conversations where we connected with the community at a number of events across Mitchell Shire.

Now it's time for us to check back in and share some of the exciting themes which are emerging from what we heard you say in March and April.

Come and see us at one of our pop-ups at local markets or attend one of our presentation nights.  This is your chance to keep the conversation going as we work together to create a new vision for 2050.


  • Tallarook Farmers' Market, Sunday 1 August, 8.30am-12pm,
  • Beveridge Community Market, Saturday 7 August, 2pm-6pm
  • Wallan Olde Time Market, Saturday 14 August, 8am-1pm


Presentation night
Bookings essential and subject to COVID restrictions on numbers

  • Seymour, Tuesday 10 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Wallan, Thursday 12 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Kilmore, Wednesday 18 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Broadford, Thursday 19 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm

If we need to change these due to COVID restrictions at the time, we’ll provide updates online. 


Input wanted

We have consultations open that are featured below and would like to hear your views and ideas. 

  • $3.37 million Kilmore streetscape rejuvenation
  • Draft Environmentally Sustainable Design for Council Buildings Policy
  • Draft Local Law Community and Environment 2021
  • Draft King and Queen Street Wallan Masterplan
  • Road renaming proposal - Ridd Court, Seymour

Find out more about some of these projects below.

Artist's impression of Sydney St, Kilmore
SYDNEY ST, KILMORE $3.37m rejuvenation project

Mitchell Shire Council is preparing to begin a $3.37 million streetscape upgrade in Sydney Street, Kilmore between Clarke Street and Bourke Street.

The project will breathe new life into Kilmore’s historic commercial precinct, renew civic pride and help to support businesses and jobs.

You can help choose the heritage colours, signs, town motifs and historic stories.

We held our first drop in online this week. Check out the display and come and chat to us at Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre:

  • Saturday 31 July, 9am-noon
  • Thursday 5 August, 4-7.30pm

Submissions close 9am, Tuesday 17 August.

Man installing panelling
BUILDINGS POLICY Environmentally sustainable design

Tell us what you think about our draft Environmentally Sustainable Design for Council Buildings Policy

The policy seeks to provide guidance and minimum standards for Environmentally Sustainable Design in Council buildings to minimise environmental impacts. 

The policy applies to:

  • All new Council buildings, initiated by Council or developer led; and
  • All substantial renewals, renovations and upgrades to existing Council buildings and facilities.

Submissions close 9am, Wednesday 18 August.

Dog guarding sheep
DRAFT LOCAL LAW Last days to have your say

We're reviewing our draft Local Law Community and Environment 2021 to make it easier to understand and to help meet the changing needs of our community and we're looking for your input.

We wrapped up the last of our drop in sessions this week but there's still a few days left to have your say.

Submissions close 9am Monday 2 August.

Town plans
KING AND QUEEN ST Drop in and provide input

The final Drop-In session for the Draft King and Queen Street Wallan Masterplan has been rescheduled to Wednesday 4 August due to the COVID restrictions.

The drop-in session will be held at:

  • Council Planning and Building Office, 4a & 4b, 61 High Street, Wallan, Wednesday 4 August 2021, 3pm-6pm. (With restrictions on the number of people allowed in at once, you may need to wait.)

Submissions to the Draft Masterplan close on 6 August 2021.

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:

  • Youth Development Officer
  • Resource Recovery Centre Operator
  • Learning and Development Officer
  • Financial Accountant
  • Health and Wellness Team Leader
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS August schedule

Keep an eye on our website and this newsletter to see if next month's Council Meetings are in Council Chamber at 113 High Street, Broadford or online.

The next meetings will be held on:

  • Monday 9 August, Community Questions and Hearings Committee
  • Monday 16 August, Council Meeting

You can watch previous meetings online.

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