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We're getting ready to consult with the community about their thoughts on progressing Seymour's Flood Levee; the annual Community Satisfaction Survey results are in; bridges to be built in Kilmore and Seymour; and how you can get involved in National Tree Day.
Facility for growth area around Wallan and Beveridge

We're calling on the community to take part in a survey to identify what activities, programs and functions you would like to see in a new aquatic centre for Wallan, Beveridge and the surrounding growth area.

Take the survey online, at a drop in sessions, at one of our customer and library service centres, the Kilmore Leisure Centre of the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre. 

Survey closes 2 September.

Engaging Mitchell
FLOOD LEVEE PROJECT Community consultation plans

We're preparing to get the community's feedback on the next steps of a proposed Seymour Flood Levee project.

The prospect of a flood protection levee for Seymour has been investigated over many years.

With the cost of progressing the levee an estimated $20 million, Council wants to understand the level of landholder and community support for the levee so it can be informed about the next steps to take.

LIGHTS ON IN WALLAN Synthetic bowling green lit up

The Wallan Bowling Club will now be able to offer around the clock bowls after turning their brand-new lights on last week.

Mitchell Shire Council worked alongside the Wallan Bowling Club to have the lighting installed, which was thanks to the Victorian Government which contributed $70,000 towards the project.

The lighting will further enhance the club's facilities, after they converted one of their two grass greens to a synthetic surface two years ago.


Congratulations to our nine newly-sworn in members of Youth Council, who will play a pivotal role in shaping the future direction of Council's policies and providing a voice for young people. 

The members of Youth Council attended a team building camp before taking an oath at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 15 July in front of family, friends, Council staff and Councillors.

Ebony Layley will serve the 2019/20 term as Youth Mayor, Thomas Starkey will be Deputy Mayor and Beau Milner will be Secretary.


Pictured is (back) Youth Deputy Mayor Thomas Starkey, Lucas Edmonds, Eve Simner; (middle) Angel Ravenhill, Beau Milner, Courtney Abela, Trinity Marshall; and (front) Paris Ingham and Youth Mayor Ebony Layley.

SATISFACTION SURVEY Positive results for all core indicators in survey

This year's Community Satisfaction Survey results are in with the highest result for satisfaction with overall performance since 2012. 

Most core indicators increased, with overall performance up by one point. Our biggest mover was sealed local roads which jumped up four points.

While Council as a whole has improved, many of our services including unsealed roads, sealed local roads and population growth are still seen as areas for improvement.

With this in mind, we have invested more money than ever before into roads, footpaths, bridges and drains.

BRIDGES GIVEN NOD New bridges to improve safety in Kilmore and Seymour

Two new pedestrian bridges will be built across the Kilmore Creek, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government.

The bridges and footpath links will be placed on either side of the Northern Highway Road Bridge over Kilmore Creek, to help improve safety for pedestrians.

Meanwhile, improvements which will increase road safety on Delatite Road at Whitehead’s Creek, Seymour, have been endorsed by Council.

Council has supported a 1-in-5-year flood design standard for the existing structure, which is regarded as a significant improvement to the current structure.


We joined the community-wide NAIDOC Parade and Celebration in Seymour recently.

Councillors and staff attended the fantastic event which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievement. The Local Aboriginal Network partnered with a wide-range of community groups and businesses for this year's event.

As a Council, we're working to create a socially just, inclusive and sustainable community.

Current opportunities on Engaging Mitchell

We have a number of consultations underway or about to go live on Engaging Mitchell. We've featured a few in this enewsletter, and we have a few more opening soon. We've also featured a few opportunities from the Victorian Government on our Engaging Mitchell site. 

  • Aquatic and leisure study | User survey now open. Drop in sessions coming up. 
  • Life stages strategy | Survey now open. 
  • Healthy minds strategy for youth mental health in Wallan | Survey now open. 
  • Regional litter and illegal dumping plan | Survey closing 4 August. 
  • Broadford RSL Fromelles Battle mural | Survey opening soon. Drop in session with the RSL and artist late August. 
  • Rural land and activities review | Survey launching soon. First drop in session 6 August in Tooborac. 
  • Seymour flood levee | Planning underway. Consultation to start soon. 
Engaging Mitchell
LIFE STAGES Community input sought for draft strategy

We've drafted our first Life Stages Strategy, which will ensure that Mitchell Shire residents are valued, supported, connected, resilient, healthy and well as they transition through the stages of life.

We're looking to get your input on the draft in order to better understand the priorities for you and your family members at your stages of life.

Closing: 2 September.

HEALTHY MINDS Youth mental health strategy to be developed

The first-ever Healthy Minds Strategy will be developed to plan and advocate for the services and programs young people need to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Mitchell Shire’s youth experience higher than average levels of mental illness and have limited access to services, and it is time to build a youth strategy that understands young people.

Closing: 16 August.

Kilmore and Wallan outdoor fitness stations coming soon

Brand-new outdoor fitness stations will be installed at Hadfield Park, Wallan, and Hudson Park, Kilmore, in the next few weeks.

The outdoor fitness stations will include a “wet-pour” soft fall rubber flooring surface at each site location, a concrete apron surround and vibrant, effective and long-lasting fitness equipment of all types to suit a broad range of users and athletic ability.

Funding for this project has come from the Victorian Government's Growing Suburbs Fund, as well as a $25,000 contribution from the Wandong Wallan Lions Club.

Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street Broadford, Vic 3658
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