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In this edition: provide input on proposed 2022/23 budget; attend the NO QUARRY in Wallan/Beveridge community forum; Council's state budget response; playspace works in Wallan; Seymour hub talks; online webinars to boost your knowledge.

Picture: Have you seen this amazing sculpture being carved by Rob Bast at Kilmore Racecourse? Three of the remaining stumps from trees which were removed from the roadside near the racecourse last year are being transformed into stunning works of art, including this horse and jockey.

A mum holds her twin boys while talking to a maternal and child health nurse
Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums and carers out there.

Mother's Day looks different for everyone, so we want to wish a fantastic day to those who have birthed, raised or guided children throughout their lives.

A special shout out to the 720 mothers in Mitchell who gave birth over the last year, including 257 first-time mums - may you have a very special day on Sunday.

Our wonderful Maternal and Child Health nurses ensure there's plenty of help on hand for all of our new babies and their parents. Our service provides key age and stage check-ups, health information, a sleep and settling service, breastfeeding support and general health information.

Budget to be considered at Council meeting on 16 May

We've released the proposed 2022/23 budget document and financial plan, and invite your feedback.

Community members can ask questions about the budget at the Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting at 7pm on Monday 9 May, before Councillors consider its adoption at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 16 May.

If you'd like to ask a question, you will need to lodge this by 10am, Monday 9 May.

Both meetings will be held in the Council Chamber at Broadford Civic Centre (113 High Street). The meetings will also be livestreamed on our website.

An artist's impression of Seymour Hub
SEYMOUR HUB TALKS Election priority on the agenda

We met with Victorian Senator James Paterson and Liberal candidate for Nichols Steve Brooks in Seymour yesterday to discuss Mitchell's election priorities.

Top of the agenda was the Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub - a transformational project that will turn the tide on intergenerational disability.

The Hub was identified as the top priority through the Seymour Revitalisation Project. The Seymour region has high levels of disadvantage and a lack of established support services compared to other parts of regional Victoria.

The hub will support 60,000 people across the region to access essential health, wellbeing and mental health support as well as vibrant community spaces.

STATE BUDGET Mitchell ignored in funding

The 2022/23 State budget was released this week, but we were shocked to see it will fail to deliver any new projects for Mitchell, despite being one of Victoria’s fastest growing municipalities.

Given the increased demand on local schools in the Shire’s south, we were incredibly disappointed that there was no funding in this budget for priority schools including Kilmore Secondary and new primary schools for Wallan.

We were also disappointed to see no support for the Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub, despite this being a top priority in our budget submission.

Victorian Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence at Greenhill Reserve with Mitchell Shire Councilors and community members
Drainage improvements at Greenhill Reserve

Wallan’s Greenhill Reserve will soon receive an important drainage upgrade, with the Victorian Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence announcing funding for the project through the Victorian Government's Country Football Netball Program ($106,666).

The oval will be reshaped to remove the low spots, and lateral drainage installed to eliminate the current ponding of water in sections.

The oval is very heavily used, and the current drainage issues mean it cannot be used to its optimum level with serious damage occurring to the playing surface.

Read the full story on our website.

Kerbside works underway in kilmore

One of the largest capital works projects that we've undertaken is now underway, with construction on Kilmore’s Sydney Street Rejuvenation Project beginning late last month.

If you'd like to ask questions about the project, a Council officer will be available at the Kilmore library every Tuesday (9am to 5pm) and Thursday (12pm to 5pm) during the construction phase.

The project is being completed in two stages over approximately nine months. Stage 1 – which is Sydney Street north, between Clarke Street and Union Street – is expected to continue through to June.

We've partnered with the Victorian Government for this $4.65 million project, which is set to transform the look of the street and celebrate its unique historic character.

Community Bank Adventure Playground at Wallan’s Hadfield Park
PLAYSPACE WORKS Wallan playground upgrades

The Community Bank® Adventure Playground at Wallan’s Hadfield Park will be closed from Monday 9 May for five days while we conduct some repairs, including treating surface rust and flaking paint.

Additionally, the old playspace at Greenhill Reserve will soon be getting a much-needed upgrade. The new play equipment will include a large climbing cube double play unit, double swing set, seating and climbing rocks and logs for nature play.

The project is funded by the Victorian Government's Growing Suburbs Fund ($110,000) and Council ($30,000).

Person sitting on grass watching a performance
OUTDOOR CINEMA Catch SING 2 on the big screen

Join us from 5pm tomorrow, Saturday 7 May, for another epic Autumn Movie Nights Under The Stars at Lions Park in Broadford.

There'll be food vendors, roaming entertainment and SING 2 on the big screen under the night sky. Best of all, entry is free.

Can't make it to Broadford? Then join us at our final outdoor cinema event in Wallan on Friday 20 May.

You'll need to bring your dancing shoes and your best singing voice, as Mumma Mia will be on the big screen at Hadfield Park.

Logo for the No Quarry campaign

This quarry isn't a done deal, so there's still time to make your voice heard.

Join members of the community and Mitchell Shire Council for a community forum on the proposed quarry at 175 Northern Highway, Wallan. This is your chance to hear from your neighbours about what the proposed quarry means and the negative impacts it is likely to have on those living in your community.

Come along to find out the things you can do to make your voice heard. Places are limited and registrations are essential. Light refreshments will also be provided.


The Ministerial Advisory Committee public hearing on the Beveridge North West Structure Plan begins on Monday 9 May and will run for approximately five weeks.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Committee will consider all written submissions, irrespective of whether a submitter requests to be heard at the Public Hearing.

The Public Hearing is open for anyone to watch.

Man receiving vaccination from doctor
FLU SHOT AVAILABLE Book your shot at Mitchell centre

If you're looking to get your flu vaccine locally, we're offering flu shots for people of all ages through our immunisation clinics.

The cost of the vaccine is $28, however under 5s and over 65 years are free.

Visit our webiste for more information or for immunisation clinic session times.

Person brainstorming marketing ideas
BUSINESS WORKSHOP Maximise your business marketing

We've partnered with the Victorian Government to offer a free business workshop in Broadford on Tuesday 24 May.

The Maximising your Marketing workshop will provide you with a broad understanding of what marketing is, giving you an insight into the key actions required to be successful in marketing your business. Bookings essential.

Australian water-rat swimming

The platypus is widely recognised as a uniquely Australian animal, but did you know that the Australian water-rat (also known as rakali) is a genuine native rodent that was a natural part of our environment long before its pest cousins - the black rat and brown rat - arrived with the early colonists?

An online forum will be presented on rakali on Tuesday 24 May at 7pm.

Geoff Williams from the Australian Platypus Conservancy will outline the biology and key conservation requirements of this native mammal and provide tips on how to go about spotting rakali in the Mitchell Shire area.

Registrations are essential.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Join us and thousands of children across the country to read the picture book Family Tree, written and illustrated by Australian author Josh Pyke, as part of a special National Simultaneous Storytime event.

This event will be held at each of our libraries at 11am on Wednesday 25 May, replacing our regular sessions for the week.

Bookings are essential. To book please call the library you want to attend or email our libraries team.


Join us online at our free Rethink Recycling presentation to take a peek at what happens to your recycling after it leaves your home, and learn about what you can do to make a difference locally.

The presentation is on from 4pm to 5.15pm on Tuesday 24 May. Bookings essential (only one booking required per household or device).


Take part in the Rethink Recycling online event and brush up on your recycling knowledge, or discover new tricks to cut down on waste and improve recycling and reuse.

A group photo of Mitchell's youth council
JOIN YOUTH COUNCIL Applications now open

We're on the hunt for some passionate young people to join Mitchell Youth Council.

If you are motivated to make a difference in the community and would like to be a part of our Youth Council, please consider applying.

The advisory committee represents the voice of young people across Mitchell and aims to make our community a better place.

Applications close 9am, Tuesday 14 June.

A young girl waves an Australian flag
HOST AUSTRALIA DAY Expressions of interest now open

Do you want to celebrate Australia Day in the heart of your town?

We're calling on community groups and organisations who want to host the Mitchell Shire event alongside both the Community Awards and the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in 2023.

If you would like to raise your hand and nominate your town to host, please submit an Expression of Interest. Applications close 5pm, Monday 4 July.

A view of the current Beveridge Rec Reserve from the clubrooms
Have your say on Engaging Mitchell website

We have a few consultations open at the moment, and we would like to hear your views and ideas. We're currently seeking input on:

  • Beveridge Recreation Reserve master plan: The reserve (pictured above) is undergoing a master planning process. This will determine what capital works are required to establish a park suitable for the significant population increase projected for the area, but also facilitate works that protect, retain or reveal its history and character. Closing 9am, Tuesday 24 May.
  • Emu Flat boundary proposal: We're proposing to define Emu Flat as a locality. Emu Flat sits centrally between Tooborac, Pyalong and Nulla Vale. Closing 9am, Monday 23 May.
  • Beveridge road renaming proposal: We're proposing to rename part of Arrowsmith Street in Beveridge, which is currently split by the Hume Freeway. The part of Arrowsmith Street that is to the east of the freeway is developed however the part to the west of the freeway is currently unmade. Closing 9am, Monday 30 May.

You can find out more and have your say on our Engaging Mitchell consultation website.

A lady looking at a picture frame on the wall
Be a part of Mitchell's upcoming art exhibition

Applications to be a part of our art exhibition in June close next week. The exhibition will showcase the work of artists who live, work or are connected to Mitchell, so don't miss your chance to show off your work.

Entry is free and artists are invited to submit one artwork each. Applications close at 9am on Tuesday 10 May.

Want to be a part of it? Apply on our website today.


Look at all these fantastic Council and community events coming up over the next week:

You can list your event or find out what's on through the event calendar on our website.

A woman kneeling down in a garden tending to plants

Our next outdoor cinema event will be held in Broadford tomorrow evening. Join us in Lions Park from 5pm.

Parks and gardens staff on the job
CAREERS AT COUNCIL Apply to join Team Mitchell

Think you'd make a good fit at Team Mitchell? We currently have these roles available:

  • Procurement advisor
  • Governance officer
  • Relief early childhood educators and teachers
  • Leisure: pool lifeguards, duty manager, swim instructors

For more information on these roles or to apply, head to our website.

Exterior view of Council chambers in Broadford
COUNCIL MEETING Meeting on Monday

The next meeting will be the Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting at 7pm on Monday 9 May.

This meeting will hear questions from community members about the proposed 2022/23 budget.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at Broadford Civic Centre (113 High Street). The meetings will also be livestreamed on our website.


Mitchell Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, those of the Taungurung and Wurundjeri People. We pay our respects to their rich cultures and to Elders past and present.

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