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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 10 September 2021

In this edition: COVID services update as restrictions ease; nominate someone for a community award; learn about recycling; prepare for asthma and hay fever; tips to avoid swooping birds.

Picture: Enjoy the great spring weather this weekend at one of our parks. 

COVID-19 update
Council services update

From today, lockdown restrictions have been lifted in regional Victoria - with the exception of the City of Greater Shepparton.

We are delighted to see businesses reopen and be able to deliver some of our services face-to-face once again. Some Council services will reopen, however some will remain closed for face-to-face delivery


  • Customer and Library Service Centres - no bookings of meeting rooms or face-to-face activities
  • Kindergartens
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Community Centres
  • Outdoor sport facilities
  • Youth Centres
  • School crossings
  • Playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor fitness equipment
  • Dog park
  • Resource Recovery Centres
  • Immunisation clinics


  • Leisure Centres
  • Indoor sports facilities
  • Wallan Planning and Building Office
  • Visitor Information Centre Seymour

For a full list of Council service updates, please visit the COVID section of our website.

Lady wearing a mask
NEW FREEDOMS But some restrictions remain

While not all restrictions have eased, regional Victorians can now enjoy some freedoms including:

  • The five reasons to leave home have been removed
  • No limit on the distance you can travel from home, other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne
  • Schools are open for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 students
  • Funerals are permitted for up to 20 people; Weddings are permitted for up to 10 people
  • Restaurants and cafes can reopen for seated service with patron caps
  • Retail, hairdressing, entertainment venues and community facilities can open in line with density limits and patron caps
  • Masks are required indoors and outdoors, apart from private residences
Vials of vaccine
VACCINE UPDATE Get informed, get vaccinated

Vaccinations are available locally for anyone over the age of 16 – and from Monday, anyone over the age of 12 is eligible.

There's a lot of talk out there about the COVID-19 vaccine.

But when it comes to your health, the one talk you should have is with a doctor or pharmacist.

They can answer any questions you have and give you the information you need.

So, get informed and get vaccinated.

For more information, visit the website or call 1800 675 398.


Thanks to the more than 100 people who joined us online last night for an information session on the proposed stone extraction quarry between Wallan and Beveridge.

If you misssed the session you can watch it here.

Mt Piper
PLAN FOR BROADFORD Councillors hear from community

Councillors heard submissions from community members on the draft Broadford Structure Plan in a special Questions and Hearings Committee recently.

Following the first round of consultation on the plan in 2020, Council’s Planners reviewed the document and made proposed changes to the overall direction.

The draft plan will be put forward to Councillors at an Ordinary Council Meeting for discussion in the future.

2021 Citizen of the Year, John Simpson
COMMUNITY AWARDS Nominations now open

Do you know someone who deserves community recognition for their community contributions or want to celebrate achievements from some of our local groups and organisations?

Our Australia Day committee is calling for Australia Day Community Award nominations ahead of the 2022 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

We know it has been quite difficult for community groups to meet or host events, so part of our celebrations will be highlighting the innovation and passion involved in online events or whatever your group got up to.

Nominations close 9am, 10 November.


Join us online on Thursday 30 September from 10am to 11.15am to take a peek at what happens to our recycling after the truck leaves. Learn about recycling and what you can do locally to make a difference.

This presenter-led interactive presentation explains how your recycling is sorted into material types ready for processing.

You’ll also learn about the dos and don'ts of recycling and even the how's and why's.

Only one booking required per household or device needed to connect to the online event

Items for recycling
POLLEN SEASON Prepare for asthma, hay fever

Grass pollen season brings an increase in asthma and hay fever. During the season, a high grass pollen count and a certain type of thunderstorm can also trigger thunderstorm asthma.

For people with asthma or hay fever, especially those who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever, thunderstorm asthma can be sudden, serious and even life threatening.

In Victoria, the grass pollen season runs from October through December. Take action to prepare and protect yourself and people in your care this grass pollen season.

SWOOPING SEASON Avoid areas with swooping birds

Spring is in the air and so too are swooping birds. If you've been swooped or have come across swooping birds, please visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's swooping map to submit your experience.

Tips to avoid being swooped:

  • know your local swooping hotspots
  • avoid the area
  • move quickly, but do not run
  • cover your head with a hat, helmet or umbrella and consider drawing a pair of eyes on the back of your hat or helmet
  • do not harass or feed wildlife

You can make a report about problematic birds in Council parks using our Report It tool.

Input wanted

We have consultations open would like to hear your views and ideas. 

  • Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 draft
  • Health and Wellbeing Plan draft
  • Harley Hammond master plan draft.
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:

  • Senior GIS Officer
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Project Manager – Civil Infrastructure
  • Project Manager – Buildings
  • Community Development and Youth Services Coordinator
  • Relief Early Childhood Educators and Teachers
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS Upcoming schedule

Council Meetings are back online due to current restrictions. Keep an eye on our website and this newsletter to see when meetings are back in Council Chamber at 113 High Street, Broadford.

The next meetings will be held on:

  • Monday 13 September, Community Questions and Hearings Committee, 7pm
  • Monday 20 September, Council Meeting, 7pm

You can watch previous meetings online.

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