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In this edition: Get some new threads at our Clothes Swap; Celebrate IDAHOBIT with us; work underway on Wallan Community Services Hub; new speed zones in Kilmore area; find volunteering opportunities with new website.

Picture: Have your say on the management of cats and dogs in Mitchell, details below. 

Girls trying on hats

Don't miss our Youth Council's first Clothes Swap Event this weekend.

Swap clean, undamaged items of clothing you no longer wear, need or want and receive tokens to be used for some new threads.

The Clothes Swap is on Saturday 15 May, at the Wallan Multi-Purpose Community Centre, from 11am-3pm.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green MP, Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Cr Bob Cornish were joined by service partners
WORK STARTS ON HUB Wallan Community Services Hub

The $1.2 million Wallan Community Services Hub, which will provide access to much needed community services and programs with a focus on early intervention and prevention, is under construction.

The former childcare centre at 42/80 Bentinck Street, Wallan, will be transformed into an integrated community services hub, supporting the anchor service, the Goulburn Region Orange Door Access Point.

Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green MP, Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Cr Bob Cornish were joined by service partners yesterday to see how the project was coming along.

The project has been jointly funded by the Victorian State Government providing $850,000 through the Growing Suburbs Fund and Mitchell Shire Council contributing $354,000.

O'Gradys Rd underpass
NEW SPEED LIMITS Making our roads safer

Mitchell Shire Council is advising road users in the Kilmore area to abide by a number of speed changes in the area.

After public and stakeholder consultation, the following changes will be made in coming weeks:

  • Kilmore East Road: reduce existing 80km/h zone to 60km/h.
  • O’Gradys Road: increase existing 50km/h zone to 60km/h.
  • Dry Creek Road: reduce existing 80km/h zone to 60km/h.
  • Kilmore East–Sunday Creek Road: reduce existing 80km/h zone to 60km/h.

New yellow speed limit change signs will be installed to inform road users of the changes.

Join us to celebrate IDAHOBIT on 17 May

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination. 

To mark IDAHOBIT we will be raising the Rainbow Flag at the Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre. Come along between 8am and 10am for a free coffee and to meet some of our local GLLOs (Victoria Police lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer liaison officers).


A Beveridge man was fined $2127.40 in Seymour Magistrates' Court recently for illegally dumping a trailer load of waste on Old Sydney Road.

On 3 November 2020, Council’s CCTV cameras captured a vehicle with a trailer stopping on Old Sydney Road. Two men got out of the vehicle and unloaded the rubbish on the side of road before driving away.

The Beveridge man, who didn’t appear in court, was found guilty of aggravated littering, failure to respond to request for information and failure to remove litter when directed and was fined $2127.40.

To report illegally dumped waste please use the Report an Issue online form, phone Council on 5734 6200 or contact the EPA’s 24-hour pollution hotline on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

Vehicle with a trailer of waste

Illegal dumping costs Council more than $180,000 each year.

Volunteers serving food
VOLUNTEER WEEK 17 to 23 May 2021

Recognise, Reconnect, Reimagine is the theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week and there has never been a more fitting time to say thanks to the hundreds of volunteers across the municipality for their tireless work.

The strength of Mitchell Shire’s volunteer network came to the fore during the COVID-19 lockdowns, with volunteer groups across Mitchell mobilising to respond to community needs.

Emerging from last year’s lockdowns, volunteer groups across have sprung into action however, many have reported a shortage of new volunteers to replace those retiring.

With support from the Victorian Government, we've launched a one-stop-shop website to help potential volunteers find local opportunities.

Three women with chainsaws
CARVING NEW SKILLS Chainsaw crew put through paces

Mitchell Shire’s inaugural chainsaw crew have been shown the dos and don’ts of safely and effectively using a chainsaw.

The three-day course aimed to give women living in small communities of Mitchell the skills and confidence to operate a chainsaw to clear fallen timber or complete fire season preparations.

The program, delivered through Victorian Government funding, also encourages social interaction and the development of long-term friendships.

We partnered with Clonbinane Community Action Group and the Reedy Creek Progress Association to deliver the chainsaw operation and maintenance course, plus first aid, through DNA Training Solutions.


15 May: Clothes Swap, Wallan Multi-Purpose Centre, Bentinck Street, Wallan, 11am-3pm

17 May: IDAHOBIT, Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre, 8am-10am

22 May: Rock and Roll Fundraiser, Kilmore Soldiers Memorial Hall, 8pm

3 June: Rethink Recycling - a virtual tour, 7pm

Bookings are required for some events. Please check links for details.

Promote your event in our Event Calendar. No event is too big or too small to appear.

Rainbow Flag

We'll raise a Rainbow Flag for IDAHOBIT on Monday in Broadford.

Input wanted on the following projects

Wandong and Heathcote Junction Outdoor Fitness Equipment: Have your say on the proposed locations for outdoor fitness equipment. Closes 5pm, Monday 17 May.

Allowances for Mayor and Councillors: As part of the Local Government Act 1989, Mitchell Shire Council is set to review its Mayors and Councillors Allowances. Closes 5pm, Thursday 27 May

Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2024: Tell us how you think we can better manage cats and dogs in Mitchell. Closes 9am, Monday 7 June.

Rural Land and Activities Review and Landscape Assessment Study: Have your say on our draft Rural Land and Activities Review. Closes 9am, Friday 11 June.

We've featured two of our consults below. 

Dogs and cats
PLAN FOR CATS, DOGS Responsible pet ownership

We're developing a new Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) and we want to know how you think we can better manage dogs and cats in our shire.

The DAMP aims to promote responsible pet ownership within the community and covers everything from minimising dog attacks to encouraging people to register and microchip cats and dogs.

Domestic Animal Management Plans are legislated and must be developed and renewed every four years by all Councils across Victoria

Survey closes Monday 7 June at 9am.

Outdoor fitness pod
OUTDOOR FITNESS Only a few days left to have a say

We've received funding to install five outdoor fitness equipment stations for use by the Wandong and Heathcote Junction community and we're looking for input on the proposed locations along the Say G'Day Trail including LB Davern Reserve.

The proposed station locations have been prepared in consultation with the Wandong Heathcote Junction Community Group who have helped make this project possible.

Your input will help finalise the plans prior to a public tender process, where a contractor will be appointed to install the new equipment.

Survey closes 9am Monday 17 May.

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:

  • Manager Life Stages
  • Manager Customer Experience and Engagement
  • Project Manager - Capital Works
  • Project Manager - Civic Infrastructure
  • Duty Manager
  • Procurement Support Officer
  • Information Services Officer
  • Maintenance Worker
  • School Crossing Supervisor Relievers
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS Next meeting Monday 17 May

Council meetings are held at the Broadford Council Chamber at 7pm. Members of the public are invited to attend.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Draft Road Management Plan 2021
  • Undergrounding of Powerlines in Tallarook St, Seymour
  • Draft Urban Tree Management Policy
  • Planning permit application for a place of assembly at 210 Tallarook Pyalong Road, Tallarook
  • Planning permit application for a multi-lot subdivision at 8 King Street, Wallan.

Members of the public are invited to attend Council meetings.

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