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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 13 August 2021

We've been calling on you to help us shape Mitchell for the next 30 years as part of our Community Vision. Throughout March and April, we put some questions to our community – what do you love about your community, what do you wish for in the future, and what's important to you as we grow and change.
Thanks to everybody who shared their thoughts with us.

Based on the nearly 1500 responses we received, we've prepared some draft themes, focus areas for each theme and some possible vision statements.

We're checking in to see what you think of the themes and to help draft a vision statement.

Join us for an online presentation at 12pm on Friday 27 August.


Video link to Mitchell2050
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COVID SUPPORT Reach out for relief

As businesses and services reopen and people return to work and school, it's important we keep in touch with family and friends to see how they're coping and reach out for help ourselves if we need it. 

There are a number of financial support packages available for businesses to help them recover from the most recent lockdown: 

  • COVID-19 Disaster Payments
  • Business Costs Assistance Program
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund
  • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund
  • Rent relief for commercial tenants

Wellbeing support can be found on the Victorian Government's website and through Beyond Blue, the Partners in Wellbeing Helpline offers personal support, business advice and financial counselling for small business owners

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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.

Most Council services are open again

Most of Council's services have returned, however some still have restrictions in place.

Our popular library activities Babytime, Rhymetime and Storytime are back. Our leisure centres are open with Learn to Swim, group fitness and aqua classes back and our youth rooms are open.

Visit our website for a full list of service updates.

Wallan's Avenue of Honour

Family members of those honoured in the Wallan Avenue of Honour are invited to be involved in establishing new name plaques. 

The plaques, many of which are damaged, will be replaced thanks to a grant from the Victorian Government’s Veterans Affairs Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour Grant Program.

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10 YEAR CELEBRATION Goranwarrabul House, Seymour

To mark its 10th anniversary, there will be an exhibition and open house at Seymour's Goranwarrabul House.

  • Monday 23 August to Friday 27 August from 10am until 3pm, corner Callen and Bretonneux streets, Seymour.

Goranwarrabul House supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, family and community with their health, wellbeing and connection to culture. 

There will also be a time capsule that the community is invited to be involved in.

New residents web page
NEW RESIDENTS PAGE Information for new locals

From what day to put your bins out and how to register your pets, to applying for kindergarten and finding things to see and do, moving to a new area can be daunting. 

To answer some of these questions, we've launched a page for new residents on our website to help our newest community members settle into Mitchell.

The page also has information on preparing on your property for the fire season, local laws, library memberships and how to contact Council.

Start the conversation. Keep it Going. Wear it Purple Day
Celebrate Wear It Purple Day

Wear It Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

People aged 12 to 18 are invited to share stories, wear purple and celebrate days significance. There will be food, games and most importantly ... lots of purple. This event is subject to COVID restrictions.

Wallan Youth Rooms, Thursday 26 August from 3.30-5pm.



Mitchell Shire Council will host a community information session about a proposed stone extraction quarry at 175 Northern Highway, Wallan.

The application has been ‘called-in’ by the Minister for Planning who will be the decision-maker for the application. Mitchell Shire Council continues to oppose the application due to the impact it will have on our community and surrounds. 

We’re holding a public meeting to share information about the quarry planning process and take you through the next steps of getting involved should you wish to do so.

  • 6.30pm, Thursday 9 September, Wallan Multi-purpose Community Centre. 

All welcome, but numbers are limited due to COVID restrictions. Registrations are recommended to secure your place and to be kept up to date on any changes.

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SPORTS CLUB GRANTS Support to help with lockdown costs

Sporting and recreation clubs forced to cancel or postpone events due to the lockdowns in July and August can to apply for cash grants to pay costs.

The current round of the Sporting Club Grants Program provides $2,000 grants for eligible clubs and community organisations impacted by the lockdowns. Applications close 27 August.

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COFFEE WITH A COP Meet your local police officers

Enjoy a hot cuppa and chat with your local police officers for Coffee with a Cop on Friday 20 August, from 10-11am, at the Seymour Customer and Library Service Centre, 125 Anzac Avenue, Seymour.

This is a great chance to talk about what's on your mind and discuss issues.

RATES SUPPORT Understanding your rates notice

Our 2021/22 rates notices are starting to arrive in letterboxes and inboxes.

If you're experiencing financial hardship, you're not alone. We have hardship support available, so please contact us on 5734 6200 to talk through the options.

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REPORT ISSUES Make reports online

If you've spotted something that needs attention, report it on our website through the Report It tool.

It might be some dumped rubbish you've come across, overgrown grass on private property you think needs tending to, or a pothole or footpath crack or maybe it's a general enquiry.

Urgent issues or incidents should still be reported to Council immediately by phone 5734 6200 (all hours).

Input wanted

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

  • Kilmore streetscape rejuvenation - historic colours, motifs, stories and town signs
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design for Council Buildings Policy draft
  • Road renaming - Ridd Court, Seymour

Find out more about some of these projects.

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 Design Engineer
  • Project Manager - Civil Infrastructure
  • Project Manager - Buildings
  • Financial Accountant
  • Family Social Worker
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS August schedule

The August Council meeting will be online at 7pm on Monday 16 August.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021 - 2025 - release draft for community consultation
  • Mitchell Shire Health & Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 - release draft for community consultation
  • Pyalong Pine Plantation fire safety works
  • Harley Hammond Recreational Reserve Master Plan endorsement
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