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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 9 July 2021

In this edition: Monument Hill reopens;  support Plastic Free July; join the Beveridge Girls' Group; school zones back; last chance to apply for sports vouchers; have your say on our consultations.

Picture: Winter is a great time to rug up and enjoy Mitchell's great outdoors.

Monument Hill

Storm recovery works have now been completed on the Kilmore Hospital Reservoir Bridge, and at Monument Hill Reserve, Kilmore.

While these important works have now been completed along the designated tracks at Monument Hill Reserve, visitors to the area are reminded to maintain caution when visiting bushland reserves, particularly in severe weather conditions. 

The pedestrian bridge at Kilmore Hospital Reservoir has now reopened.

Collection of images from Mitchell Shire.
BUDGET VIDEO Preparing for growth

Did you catch our budget summary last week? If not, take a look.

  • $6.9 million to roads and bridges
  • $5.13 million to waste management
  • $4.7 million to recreation, leisure and community facilities
  • $1.42 million to footpaths and cycleways
  • $1.07 million to buildings
  • $255,000 to parks, open space and streetscapes

Some of the budget highlights include $870,000 to activate Beveridge Recreation Reserve, $850,000 for JJ Clancy Reserve in Kilmore, $593,000 to upgrade Sugar Loaf Creek Road near Tallarook, and a $90,000 investment into standpipes.

Single use plastics
PLASTIC FREE JULY Reduce your waste footprint

We're ditching single-use plastics and taking part in the Plastic Free July challenge.

Did you know that single-use straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, expanded polystyrene food and drink containers, and cotton bud sticks will be banned from sale or supply in Victoria by February 2023?

Get in the habit of avoiding these pesty plastics early by picking one or more of these items to avoid or swap for a reusable alternative this July.

Join the virtual event Plastic Free Baby on July 20 for tips to reduce your little one's waste footprint.

Beveridge Girls' Group. Meet every Wednesday in Term 3 starting 21 July from 4.30pm - 6pm at Greater Beveridge Community Centre.
School crossing supervisor
SCHOOL ZONES BACK Slow down around schools

Students return to school next week which means it's vital to be alert and drive safely around our schools.

Parking officers will be patrolling our school zones to ensure that everyone is parking responsibly so that children and drivers can get to school safely.

Please obey school zone speed limits and take care when driving near schools.

SPORTS VOUCHERS Last day to apply for vouchers

The second round of the Victorian Government's Get Active Kids Voucher program closes today (9 July).

The program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration, uniforms and equipment.

Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each. Children must be aged 4 to 18 and named on a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and Medicare Card, or meet the Special Consideration criteria to be eligible.

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WASTE DISPOSAL Changes to waste fees

As it does every year, Council has reviewed its Waste Fees.

The charges generally reflect the cost to Council to run each service, and waste disposal costs are also impacted by industry changes.

Effective from 1 July 2021, we have introduced a charge to dispose of fridges, freezers and air conditioners at our Resource Recovery Centres. These appliances must be degassed before they can be recycled and therefore incur a significant cost to Council.

Until now, an incentive program run by the State Government helped to fund the recycle and degas of these items, and this incentive program was the main reason that Council could provide a drop off service at our RRCs for no charge, however, this program has now ended.

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BUSHFIRE RESILENCE Free webinar series

Get Fire Resilient is a free, 5-part webinar series that will give you everything you need to ensure you're prepared for the bushfire season.

The series is delivered by the CFA, CSIRO and other industry experts and will cover:

Reduce your house and property risk (Wednesday 21 July, 7.30pm)
Get water ready: tanks, pumps and sprinklers (Wednesday 4 August, 7.30pm)
Your physical and emotional preparation (Thursday 19 August, 7.30pm)
Triggers to take action (Wednesday 1 September, 7.30pm)
Your sheltering options (Wednesday 15 September, 7.30pm)
You will also have the chance to send in questions before each session and ask the experts live during the Q+A.

Input wanted

We have consultations open that are featured below and would like to hear your views and ideas. Please take the time to fill out some of the surveys and help shape the future of our community.

DRAFT LOCAL LAW What do you think?

We're reviewing our draft Local Law Community and Environment 2021 to make it easier to understand and to help meet the changing needs of our community and we're looking for your input.

Come and chat to us at a drop-in session:

  • Tuesday 13 July, 6.30-7.30pm, Greater Beveridge Community Centre
  • Thursday 15 July: 10-11am, Wallan Customer and Library Service Centre; 12-1pm, Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre, 12 Sydney Street
  • Tuesday 20 July: 10-11am, Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre; 12-1pm, Seymour Customer and Library Service Centre
  • Thursday 22 July, 5.30-7.30pm, Broadford Town Hall

The local law helps Council address local issues to ensure community safety and wellbeing and to protect our public spaces for everyone to enjoy.

KING AND QUEEN ST Drop in and provide input

There's still plenty of time to have your say on the King and Queen Street draft masterplan. We've extended the closing date for submissions to Friday 6 August and we've got two drop-in sessions coming up where you can chat with Council Officers about the draft plan.

Catch us:

  • Thursday 15 July, 4pm-7pm: Wallan Multi-purpose Community Centre
  • Thursday 22 July, 3pm-6pm: Council Planning and Building Office, Wallan

We've developed the draft masterplan for the King and Queen Street precinct area to help guide development and growth over the next few decades.

Submissions open for gas pipeline project

Planning Panels Victoria is inviting submissions on the Environment Effects Statement and Pipeline Licence Application for the Western Outer Ring Main Pipeline Project.

The proposed high pressure buried gas transmission pipeline would connect existing pipelines at Plumpton in Melbourne’s west and Wollert in the north.

APA, an energy infrastructure company, has identified a preliminary alignment for the pipeline which includes a small part of Mitchell Shire on the southern boundary with Hume and Whittlesea.

Hard copies of the Environment Effects Statement and Pipeline License Application are available at the Greater Beveridge Community Centre, corner of Lithgow Street and Mandalay Circuit. Submissions close 17 August.
More details: Engage Victoria planning submissionsAPA about the project

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:

  • Corporate Planner
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Statutory Planning Coordinator
  • Web Content Advisor
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design Education and Compliance Officer
  • Health and Wellness Team Leader
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • Leisure vacancies: Duty Manager; Lifeguard; Group Fitness Instructor; Swim Instructor

The next Council Meeting will be the July Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting on Monday 12 July at the Broadford Council Chamber at 7pm.

The next Ordinary Council Meeting will be on Monday 19 July. The agenda for the July meeting will be online on Friday 16 July.

You can also watch the meetings live on the link below.

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