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Australia Day award winners with text Welcome to Mitchell Shire enews, February 2019
In this edition

The full wrap-up of our Australia Day festivities, where we officially welcomed 38 new citizens to the Shire and recognised the contributions of others through the annual awards. Also, find out the latest progress on the Kilmore Leisure Centre roof, what's planned to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Victorian bushfires, the where and when of some of our upcoming events including the Health and Wellbeing Expo and the Multicultural Festival, and all the latest on what's happening at our pools as Summer draws to a close.

ACHIEVEMENTS CELEBRATED Mitchell Shire celebrates citizens' achievements

Some of our most outstanding citizens were duly recognised at Mitchell Shire’s Australia Day awards ceremony.

Seymour's Pat Coffey was named Citizen of the Year, while Max Hooper was named the Junior Citizen of the Year. Mandy McCracken (Access and Inclusion Champion), Wandong History Group, Walk Through the Wars (Community Event of the Year), and Lions Club of Seymour Goulburn Inc (Community Group of the Year) were also recognised for their significant contributions to the community.

Council thanks everyone who took the time to nominate their peers for these awards and nominations.

NEW CITIZENS WELCOMED 38 new citizens to call Mitchell Shire home

Australia Day was that little bit extra special for some of our newest residents, who pledged their loyalty to the nation and officially became Australian citizens at Mitchell Shire's citizenship ceremony.

The new citizens hailed from a range of countries, including Britain, New Zealand, Ireland, Finland, India and Sri Lanka, and were thrilled to now officially be able to call Australia home.

As the Shire continues to grow and change, we certainly do value the diversity that our new citizens bring to our communities, and we look forward to the positive contribution they will make here in Mitchell Shire.


Community events will be held on Saturday to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 bushfires, which to this day remain as one of the most significant natural disasters Victoria has ever experienced.

A commemorative event will be held at Wandong and Heathcote Junction Memorial Park on Saturday 9 February from 10am to 2pm. Clonbinane will hold a commemorative dinner on that day at 6.15pm.


Often an anniversary can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, including difficulty sleeping, excessive worry, moodiness, nervousness, poor concentration and fear. There are a number of initiatives to support health and wellbeing and encourage people to seek support if they need it.

POOL ROOF NOW FULLY INSTALLED Kilmore Leisure Centre roof is now on, but there's still work to do

The Kilmore Leisure Centre upgrades took one giant leap forward on Wednesday when the final roof panel was installed.

But there's still a few things we need to do before we're up and running. Once the roof installation is fully complete, there are concrete works, partial concourse upgrades and work on the changeroom floor surfaces still to come - all of which were factored in as part of the scope of works with the centre closure and could not commence until the new roof was in place.

We are waiting on the final details from our contractor to be able to confirm when we will be able to reopen. Head to our website for all the latest updates.

MENTOR TO HELP GUIDE REBUILD PLANS Exciting development for Tallarook hall rebuild

There's been some good news for the team behind the Tallarook Mechanics Hall rebuild, with the Committee of Management last week receiving word that they had been accepted in to the Regional Arts Victoria Mentoring Program.

This means a mentor will liaise with the project’s architect to support the design of the hall’s internal fit out for events, which is a great development for the project.

Another meeting to update the community on the rebuild will be held at a later date.

We will keep the community updated on the next steps of the project.

Health and Wellbeing Expo
HEALTH + WELLBEING EXPO Health expo coming to Kilmore

If there's something you want to know about health or wellbeing, you can bet you'll find the answer at Mitchell Shire's Health and Wellbeing Expo this weekend.

The free expo will be held at Kilmore Memorial Hall from 10am until 3pm this Saturday 9 February, and will include over 40 exhibitors with a range of activities on offer.

There'll be live demonstrations and health checks, fitness competitions and giveaways, a BBQ lunch and healthy sweet treats, and plenty of tips and tricks on how residents can achieve their health and fitness goals.

The expo will also feature support for people following the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

Robotics program
OUTDOOR POOL UPDATE Changed opening hours for pools

The kids have now returned to school life, and with that comes a slight change to our outdoor pools' opening hours.

Broadford, Seymour and Tallarook outdoor pools will now open at 3.30pm on a weekday, but on a weekend it's business as usual and all pools will open at 12 noon.

The weather trigger and patronage terms still apply. If you're unsure whether your local pool is open, probably best to call through and check first. Contact:

  • 5784 1245 (Broadford)
  • 5799 1456 (Tallarook)
  • 5799 2688 (Seymour)
Libraries Change Lives

When you walk through the door of your local library, you walk in to a space where you can learn, create and belong.

Our libraries are free to join, boast free wi-fi, and members can access books, magazines, audio books, DVDs and e-resources. There's also a range of free activities which cater for all ages, including weekly children's programs, school holiday programs, Robotics, Author Talks and Tech-Help.

We would love to know how a library has impacted your life.

Did you learn to read from regularly visiting your library? Maybe you learnt to use a computer for the first time at your local library, or you don't have access to the internet at home, so you utilise the free wi-fi?

Whatever impact libraries have had on your life, we'd love to know.
If you want to tell us your story, drop in to your local library and fill in one of the feedback forms, or click here to fill in a form online.

OUTDOOR POOLS DIVE IN CINEMA Watch a movie under the stars at one of our pools

What's better than settling in for a movie on a Summer's evening? Settling in for a movie on a Summer's evening in one of our pools!

Our outdoor pool cinema events are being held on Friday evenings throughout February, with the movies kicking off at 8.30pm.

The Greatest Showman will be showing this Friday 8 February at Wallan Splash Park, followed by Jumanji at Tallarook Outdoor Pool on 15 February, and finally Jaws at Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool on 22 February.

In addition to the movie, there'll be food, slushy machines, popcorn, and Polaroids. Entry is free, but you'll need to BYO inflatables, rugs or chairs.

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL Celebrate our rich diversity at this year's Multicultural Festival

Get your friends and family together and head down to Hadfield Park for this year's Multicultural Festival on 1 March.

The free festival is a celebration of the rich diversity in our community and is part of the state-wide Cultural Diversity Week festivities.

There'll be something for everyone, including food trucks, live entertainment, African drumming, interactive Bollywood dancers, Australian animal mascots, a circus performer, jumping castle, henna tattooing, face painting, and more.

The event runs from 5pm until 9pm in Hadfield Park, Wallan.

ON THE AIRWAVES Listen in for all the latest news

After a short hiatus, we're back on the airwaves for our monthly radio program.

You can catch us on Monday 25 February, 10am to 11am on OKR FM 98.3FM, or 97.1FM in Wallan.

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

COUNCIL MEETING Join us on 18 February at 7pm

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday 18 February. Come along and see your councillors in action - everyone is welcome.

The agenda will be published online in the week leading up to the meeting on our website.

Council meetings are held at 7pm at the Broadford Council Chamber (113 High Street).

Head on over to Engaging Mitchell and have your say on what happens in our shire

Engaging Mitchell is your platform to have a say on what happens around Mitchell Shire. There's currently a few surveys underway which you can get involved in:

  • If you live on or near Graves Street in Kilmore, you might want to have a say on the proposal to rename a section of the street
  • We want to better understand how people use the 13 water bores located across the Shire, so tell us what you use them for and what impact any changes might have on them.
  • We're also looking for some feedback on our new website. Fill out the survey and let us know what you think.
Engaging Mitchell
Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street Broadford, Vic 3658
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