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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 27 August 2021

In this edition: COVID services update; special online Storytime for Father's Day; join leisure and youth sessions online; proposed quarry information session; have your say on the draft Harley Hammond Reserve master plan and the management of dogs and cats in Mitchell.

Picture: We've got some tips to avoid swooping magpies.

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COVID-19 Council services update

In response to Victoria's lockdown restrictions, the way we are delivering services has changed and most Council services have returned to remote service delivery.

Services closed:

  • Customer Service Centres – phone contact available. Centrelink terminal in Kilmore will be open by appointment only
  • Building and Planning Service Counter – online or phone appointments
  • Libraries - contactless click and collect, printing and eResources; online StoryTime via Facebook
  • Leisure Centres – some online classes
  • Community centres and halls
  • Youth centres – some online programs in place. Visit Mitchell Youth Services for details
  • Outdoor facilities including playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, skate parks, basketball rings and barbecues
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Wallan reuse shop

Services operating with changes:

  • Resource Recovery Centres – for residents without a kerbside collection service only (ID required)
  • Maternal and Child Health – face-to-face visits for newborns and at-risk babies; telehealth and short visits for everyone else
  • Immunisation clinics – with extra precautions in place
  • Kindergartens – for children of authorised workers or vulnerable children only; some online learning available
  • School crossings
  • Dog parks

We encourage you to keep your movements to a minimum. Every little bit we do can help make a difference. Keep up to date on the latest restrictions and updates

We've moved some of our popular library, leisure and youth activities online – see below for more details.

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PAULA'S STORY Roll up your sleeves

Choosing to get vaccinated helps protect ourselves, our families and our community. In this video from Seymour Health, palliative care nurse Paula explains, “Losing a family member to COVID-19 was a traumatic experience for the family”.

The Seymour Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic is taking bookings for eligible people. Call 1800 675 398 (select Option 1 – Option 1 – Option 1) to make your appointment.

COVID-19 vaccines are currently available free for every Victorian aged 16 years and over.

Support is available
REACH OUT FOR HELP Assistance available

If you need financial support or emergency relief because you are unable to work due to restrictions, or if you are self-isolating, help is available on the state government website.

If you or a loved one needs wellbeing or mental health support, help is available online

Or contact:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
SANE: 1800 18 SANE (7263)
Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398


Join Fiona for a special online StoryTime to celebrate Father's Day at 9.30am, Wednesday 1 September on our Facebook page.

While we might not be able to welcome you into our libraries, but our online hub has some fun craft activities to keep little ones entertained and educated.

Activities are suited to school-age children and cover a variety of themes. New activities are uploaded regularly so don’t forget to check back.

Fiona was also online this week for special Book Week Storytime. If you missed it, don't worry you can watch it on our website. If you're looking for some active fun, check out this family fairytale HIIt session with Mitchell Shire Leisure Services.

LEISURE UPDATE Join our online classes

Our leisure services team has some great online workouts to keep you and your family moving while stuck at home. 

  • Monday 10.15am: Total Body Conditioning with Debbie
  • Tuesday 10.15am: Seniors with Lisa
  • Wednesday 10.15am:  Family workout with Melanie and her kids
  • Thursday 10.15am: Yoga with Monica
  • Friday 10.15am: Seniors with Lisa
  • Saturday 10.15am: Family workout with Melanie and her kids

Don't forget to take regular breaks when working or studying from home.

YOUTH EVENTS Online games and quiz sessions

Join the Mitchell Youth Services team for some fun online activities next week.

  • Monday 4pm: Can you crack the code?
  • Tuesday 4pm: Test your logo knowledge on a Kahoot quiz
  • Wednesday 4pm: Beveridge Girls Group
  • Thursday 4pm: Kickboxing session

These sessions are great way to meet new people and have some fun during lockdown.


Mitchell Shire Council will host an online community information session at 6.30pm on Thursday 9 September 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. 

Due to COVID restrictions, we've changed out planned face-to-face meeting to an online session to share information about the quarry planning process and take you through the next steps of getting involved should you wish to do so.

Proposed Wallan quarry information session 6.30pm Thursday 9 September
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 magpies, 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 

Some magpies swoop during the breeding session, they're only trying to protect their babies. Most of the time, they are easy to avoid for a few weeks.

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

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RATES NOTICES Understanding valuations

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

Since 1 July 2018, the Valuer-General Victoria has been responsible for providing updated valuations for every property, in every municipality, every year.

The valuation of your property is used to determine how much of the total rates Council is collecting each year. As the valuation of your property changes you may see an increase, decrease or no change in the rates that you pay.

Council receives no extra revenue from property valuation changes.

Mitchell 2050 your vision

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first online presentation today to hear about the themes and possible vision statements for as part of our Community Vision project.

Based on the nearly 1500 responses we received when we asked you to help us shape Mitchell for the next 30 years, we prepared some draft themes, focus areas for each theme and some possible vision statements. Click on the video link for more information.

If you missed out on today's session, register now for our next online presentation at 6pm on Wednesday 1 September.

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 LGBTIQA+ young people.

This year, the Wear it Purple 2021 theme is ‘Start the Conversation… Keep it Going’ and focuses on the important and necessary conversations we have in our daily life that centre around sexual orientation and gender identity.


After an overwhelming response to our Community Cycling Consultative Forum – we’re pleased to report the panel has met for the first time.

The group will take part in a host of meetings to understand what bike enthusiasts think of the overall cycling and riding experience in the area.

We want to get a handle on how cycling can be boosted for both casual and seasoned riders throughout the community – whether people are riding on-road, off-ride or launching into jumps.


Community Cycling Consultative Forum panel members met online for the first time earlier this week.

Input wanted

We have consultations open that are featured below and 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

Find out more about two of these projects below.

Cat and dog
PLAN FOR DOGS, CATS Have your say on draft DAMP

Following a community survey and stakeholder consultation earlier this year, we've developed a draft Domestic Animal Management Plan for 2021-2025.

Before the draft plan is finalised, we would like input from the community to ensure that the plan reflects the community’s expectations in relation to improving dog and cat management across Mitchell Shire.

Closes: 9am, Monday 20 September.

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HARLEY HAMMOND Provide input on master plan

Harley Hammond Reserve is the recreational heart of Broadford, accommodating more than 616 junior and senior members across a variety of sports.

Despite major upgrades in recent years, many of the reserve's facilities are old and in need of renewal, and others need work to bring them up to contemporary standards.

We've put together a draft Harley Hammond Reserve master plan and would like your input.

Closes: 9am, Thursday 16 September.

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PROVIDE INPUT Health and wellbeing priorities

Following extensive consultation earlier in the year, we’ve released a draft Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 for input.

The Health and Wellbeing Plan presents our priorities, outlining our goals and key strategies that Council and its partners will deliver.
Closes: 9am, Tuesday 14 September.

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HAVE YOUR SAY Mobile, broadband connections

The Victorian Government is asking Victorians to help identify where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed to help guide priority projects for the $550 million Connecting Victoria program.

You can help highlight blackspots in our local area by adding a marker pinpoint on an interactive map to show where you have experienced a problem with mobile coverage or internet access. Submissions close 20 September.

Mitchell Shire on the airwaves. Catch us on OKR FM 98.3 and 97.1 on Monday 30 August at 9.30am and Seymour FM 103.9 on Wednesday 1 September at 10am
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
  • Statutory Planner
  • Principal Planner
  • Financial Accountant
  • Community Development and Youth Services Coordinator
  • Relief Early Childhood Educators and Teachers
  • SharePoint Administrator
  • Corporate Reporting Officer
  • School Crossing Supervisor Relievers
  • 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 30 August, 7pm, Community Questions and Hearings Committee - Online Only meeting. Hear from submitters of the Draft Broadford Structure Plan. The planned Council Meeting for 30 August has been postponed.
  • 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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