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Little boy with his spring veggies
In this edition

How you can join the wonderful world of worm farming and composting this October; we've officially opened our outdoor fitness station in Wallan; the Great Victorian Rail Trail has been voted among the best in the world; details on an information session about extra poker machines in Wallan; and how you can have your say on a range of Council matters.
Image of girl in chef outfit making a cake with a wooden spoon. What's in your budget mix? Let us know by 21 October.
How would you allocate the next Capital Works budget?

We've started to plan for our 2020/21 budget, and we want you to let us know what you think should be in the budget mix. Your input will help to inform the Capital Works budget for the coming year as well as the four-year plan.

We've used this year's budget as a starting point. Do you think we've got the right mix for 2020/21? Use our online budget simulator tool to let us know.

You have $20 million to allocate across six themes: 

  • roads and road safety
  • footpaths, walking and cycling
  • parklands, playgrounds and open spaces
  • township amenity and our natural environment
  • sports, recreation and aquatic facilities
  • community buildings and facilities

Take part online, grab a hard copy at a Customer and Library Service Centre, or catch us at one of our pop-up events around the shire - stay tuned to our Facebook page for times and locations.

Cat Curfew information

Did you know, over half the waste the average household puts in their garbage bin is green waste and food scraps?

Let’s do something about that.

Worm farms and compost bins are an easy way to cut down on the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, with the added bonus of creating a fantastic organic fertiliser for your garden. Now that’s a win-win.

Even better, if you purchase a compost bin or worm farm from one of our participating retailers during the month of October, we’ll refund you up to 50% of the purchase price. Want to get involved? Find out more on the link below.

Lady shoveling compost

Purchase a compost bin or worm farm from one of our participating retailers before 31 October, and we’ll refund you up to 50% of the purchase price.

Bike riders and horse rider on Rail Trail
EXPLORE THE GREAT VICTORIAN RAIL TRAIL It's one of the best in the world

The Great Victorian Rail Trail has been included in the top seven bucket list worthy Rail Trails from around the world, and it starts right here in Mitchell Shire.

Starting in Tallarook and stretching 134 kilometres, the Rail Trail traverses the alpine beauty of Victoria’s High Country before finishing in Mansfield.

With the beautiful Spring weather now upon us, why not get out and enjoy this amazing local asset.

Young girl at kinder
3YO KINDER IN SEYMOUR IN 2020 New centre to have 3YO program

We have some great news for the families of Seymour - a 3-year-old kindergarten program is coming in 2020.

It's been a long time since we've been able to offer the 3YO program in Seymour, but we're very excited to be able to bring it back next year when we move into our brand new kindergarten within the new Seymour Family and Children's Centre on the Seymour College grounds.

Follow the link below to enrol your little one at Seymour Kindergarten in either the 4YO or 3YO program.

Women working out on new outdoor fitness station
Outdoor fitness station officially opened

We were excited to open our brand new outdoor fitness station in Wallan recently, which is free for anyone in the community to use. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, head down to Hadfield Park and give it a go. The equipment is suitable for any athletic ability.

The fitness station includes a soft fall rubber flooring surface and long-lasting fitness equipment, all of which have instructions on how to safely use the equipment for those who are new to the fitness game.

Funding for this project came from the Victorian Government's Growing Suburbs Fund, the Federal Govrnment, and the Wandong Wallan Lions Club

Artists impression of flood levee

Community consultation on the proposed Seymour Flood Levee has started.

Many areas of Seymour are built on the Goulburn River Floodplain, and a levee on the river would protect the town from a large-scale flood event.

If you're an affected landowner, you should have received a letter about the survey. Please follow the instructions in the letter about how to provide input. For all other community members, you can provide input via our community survey.

We received some great feedback from residents at the Seymour Show on Saturday, and we've got two more drop-in sessions planned for those who missed us on the weekend but would still like to talk to us directly. You can catch us at Chittick Park Community place on:

  • Thursday 10 October, 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 15 October, 5pm-7pm

Follow the link below to have your say.

Poker machines
INFORMATION SESSION Appeal against extra poker machines in Wallan

A community information session is being held in Wallan to allow residents to learn more about Hogans Hotel's application for more poker machines.

  • Thursday 10 October, 7-8pm
  • Wallan Multi-Purpose Community Centre (42 Bentinck Street)

Council has appealed the decision made by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation for an additional 20 poker machines at the hotel to VCAT.

At the session, the Victorian Local Governance Association will share information about the appeal and take you through the process of making a submission, should you wish to do so.

Young boy on Australia Day
NOMINATE NOW Who do you think deserves an Australia Day award in 2020

The Mitchell Shire Australia Day awards acknowledge and celebrate people who go out of their way to help other people in our community.

Nominations are now open across five categories:

  • Access and Inclusion Champion
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year

Nominations are now open online. Anyone can nominate an individual or group they believe deserve recognition.

Applications close: Wednesday 6 November.

Would you support an expansion?

We’re partnering with Motorcycling Victoria to explore the idea of expanding the Broadford State Motorcycle Sports Complex. An expansion would provide an opportunity to transform the complex into a major motorsports and events centre, boosting regional jobs and tourism.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Would you support an expansion?

Fill out the online survey, or come along to one of our listening posts, to have your say on the future of motorsports in Broadford.

Engaging Mitchell
Seniors goodie bag
GRAB A GOODIE BAG Free bags for seniors

We're in the midst of the 2019 Seniors Festival, and to celebrate, we're handing out Seniors Grab Bags at our Customer and Library Service Centres.

Any senior member of the community can pick up a free grab bag, which includes a hat, sunglasses, stainless steel drink bottle, exercise bands and a pass to one of our leisure centre. All you need to do is sign up to our free Positive Ageing Newsletter.

Spring vegetables in hands
TIME TO PLANT Channel your inner green thumb

Spring is here which means it's time for the veggie patch to shine.

Take a look at our Vegetable Planting Guide, which contains plenty of tips and tricks to make sure you get the best out of your garden, as well as an extensive list of what to plant.

Drop into one of our Customer and Library Service Centres for a free printed copy or view the brochure online.

There's plenty of Council and community events coming up

Have you seen our events calendar on our website?

It's a comprehensive list of all the great events that are coming up across the shire, and there's bound to be something to suit everyone's tastes.

We have some great Council events coming up that you might be interested in:

Outside Council Chambers in Broadford
COUNCIL MEETING Community Questions + Ordinary Council meeting coming up

We have a Community Questions and Hearings Committee Meeting coming up at 7pm on Monday 14 October at Council Chambers Broadford (113 High Street), to hear feedback on questions submitted by residents.

Have you got a question for Council? If so, you can submit questions online. If there are no submissions, the meeting will be cancelled.

Our next Ordinary Council meeting is at 7pm on Monday 21 October, also at Council Chambers, and we encourage all residents to come along.

On Air sign
ON THE AIRWAVES Tune in for all the latest news later this month

We'll be back on the airwaves soon for our monthly radio show. If you're keen to hear about some of the latest news and happenings from around our shire, then get yourself in front of the wireless on:

  • OKR FM: 98.3FM, or 97.1FM in Wallan, Monday 28 October, 10am to 11am
  • Seymour FM: 103.9FM, Thursday 31 October, 9am to 10am

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

Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street Broadford, Vic 3658
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