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Black Saturday Bushfire Memorial at Wandong Heathcote Junction
In this edition

See what prestigious award our Youth Council is in the running for, get the full run down on our advocacy mission to Canberra, what's happening with residents' recycling, find out how you can have your say on waste education and our water standpipes, and the Tallarook Hall edges closer to its rebuild.

Mayor Bill Chisholm Director Advocacy Mary Agostino
Meetings with ministers and advisors deemed a success

Our Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm and Director Advocacy and Community Services Mary Agostino were in Canberra last week to meet with Federal government representatives and discuss our priorities ahead of the Federal election.

Family violence, mental health, roads, mobile blackspots and the location of the tank museum were all thrust into the spotlight as the duo advocated for funding to support Council's endeavours in those areas.

Garbage truck
RECYCLE AS NORMAL Mitchell Shire not affected by recycling issue

You may have heard there are some councils whose recycling collections will go to landfill indefinitely while recyclables processor SKM responds to an order from the Environmental Protection Authority.

We're happy to say that Mitchell Shire uses Visy Recycling and is not affected by the SKM issue. Residents can be assured that recyclable materials placed in their recycling bins will not go to landfill and the collection and processing of recycling will continue as normal.

While we're on the subject of waste, we are partnering with neighbouring councils to look at ways to provide more waste education for our region. But first, we want to know what you would like to learn about, and how we can support you to produce less waste.

We have created a short survey for you to share your thoughts and ideas. It is important to remember that in this survey we are asking about waste education, and not about current waste infrastructure and services such as kerbside bins or bin collections.

Boy swimming in pool
KILMORE POOL NEWS Internal works and site clean up underway

The installation of the roof is complete, and the atrium on the top of the roof is now in place.

Internally, concreting around the new columns is complete and work is underway to replace the floor coverings in the change rooms. This has required temporary portable toilets, so thank you to our members and visitors for any inconvenience caused. Change room fittings have been temporarily removed, old vinyl removed and the concrete prepared for installation of new flooring which will commence this week.

A staged site clean-up is underway - the old roof sections have been removed and the construction fence has been moved back towards the rear compound, thus returning all car parking bays to members/visitors.

Grinding back and resurfacing parts of the concourse will take place over the coming days, as will the commencement of the internal clean up and pool water treatment.

An exact completion date is yet to be confirmed.

Multicultural Festival March 1

The littlest residents of Wallan now have three new playgrounds to call their own.

A brand new playground was built on Coffey Drive, while significant upgrades were made to existing playgrounds on Lisa Place and Roulston Way.

Of course, Council can't go it alone with these kinds of projects, and we'd like to thank the Victorian Government for contributing $225,000 to the project through the Growing Suburbs Fund.

High tea
INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY #balanceforbetter at Mitchell Shire's High Tea

Tickets for our High Tea event for International Womens Day are being snapped up fast, so if you wanted to head along, we suggest booking your ticket very soon.

The High Tea is on Friday 8 March at Club Mandalay, Beveridge from noon until 2.30pm. Tickets are $35, and can be booked online by clicking the link below.

The Rotary Club of Seymour is also hosting an event on 8 March at The Brewers Table in Seymour, 6.30pm - 9pm. Tickets are $35 and include wine and finger food. For tickets and more info, go to:

Do you know of any other IWD events happening in our Shire? Let us know so we can get the word out there. Email

COMMUNITY GROUPS WORKSHOP Learn the art of grant writing at tomorrow's free workshop

We are running a series of free workshops to enhance the skills of our wonderful community groups and volunteers. The first workshop is being held tomorrow.

The workshops are free, but bookings are essential. Click on the links above to register or to learn more about each workshop.

Bushfire anniversary

Thank you to the Wandong, Heathcote Junction and Clonbinane communities for hosting us and Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria for the Victorian Bushfire Anniversary.

We understand anniversaries can trigger uncomfortable symptoms. If you need help now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24/7). There are several ways to access support, including calling the Australian Primary Mental Health Alliance on 1300 514 811 (Mon-Fri 9-5), visiting your local doctor or health service, and visiting


A big congratulations to our very own Mitchell Shire Youth Council, who have been named a semi-finalist in the 'Group Achievement in the Community' category in the 7 News 2019 Young Achiever Awards.

We are very proud of our Youth Council's work in advocating for youth mental health and for being a voice for young people in Mitchell Shire.

We wish the team the best of luck for the next stage of the awards.

Youth services logo

We've also been nominated for two awards for Excellence at the LGPro Awards, which will be presented tomorrow night.

In the Service Delivery Initiative section, our community robotics program has been nominated, while Community Development Officer Samantha Bender was nominated for young achiever.

Water tanks
HAVE YOUR SAY Do you use Council's standpipes?

Did you know Council provides public access to 13 water bores across the shire? While the water is not fit for human consumption, it is used by businesses, commercial operators, primary producers, and in home gardens.

The bores are getting old and need upgrading. At a cost of around $30,000 per bore to upgrade, this is a big expense.

Before we commit to any upgrades, we want to understand how people are currently using the bores and what impact any changes might have on them.

Tallarook Hall
TALLAROOK HALL Design meeting tomorrow

The rebuild of the Tallarook Mechanics Institute Hall is almost ready to get underway.

One final community meeting will be held tomorrow night at 6pm at the Tallarook Hotel. All welcome.

Zen Architects will present their updated floor plans and design concepts to the communIty. These designs were developed following community input at the design workshop in January.

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Radio mic
ON THE AIRWAVES Listen in for all the latest news

We're back on the airwaves next week for our monthly radio programs.

You can catch us on:

  • Monday 25 February, 10am to 11am on OKR FM 98.3FM, or 97.1FM in Wallan.
  • Thursday 28 February, 9am to 10am on Seymour FM, 103.9

Listen in live through your FM radio, or tune in to hear us online.

Council Chambers
NEXT MEETING Special Council meeting: March 12

A special meeting of Mitchell Shire Council will be held on Tuesday 12 March at 2pm in the Council Chamber, 113 High Street Broadford.

This meeting will be open to members of the public to consider Hogan’s Hotel, Wallan's Electronic Gaming Machine Application.

An application for an extra 20 poker machines has been made for Hogan’s Hotel in Wallan.

Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street Broadford, Vic 3658
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