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In this edition: Big bucks for recreation and sport; Broadford Library to get a makeover; call for action on Kilmore bypass; Mitchell 2050 closing soon; sleep settling programs; give your old threads a new life.

Picture: Come along to one of our kindergarten open days. Details below. 

Mitchell Shire’s Cr Bob Cornish and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

Mitchell Shire Council is kicking goals having secured much-needed State Government funding to deliver recreational facilities in Kilmore and Beveridge.

Kilmore’s JJ Clancy Reserve is set for a $3.8 million makeover which will include an integrated community facility, new play space and the relocation of the little athletics field facilities.

The Beveridge Recreation Reserve will become a popular destination with $1.3 million of improvements on the way. There will be a new circuit pathway complete with a bridge over wetlands, outdoor fitness stations, a new play space plus the reconstruction of two lit tennis/netball courts.

Pictured: Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Mitchell Shire’s Cr Bob Cornish were on site at Beveridge Recreation Reserve yesterday to discuss the plans for the site.

Lady pushing trolley of books through library
NEW CHAPTER ON WAY Refurbishment for library

Broadford Library is set for a $100,000 makeover later this year which will see an updated space for children’s activities and programs, more shelving, additional computers plus re-designed meeting and study spaces.

The refurbishment of Broadford Library is made possible thanks to $75,000 funding from the Victorian Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and $25,000 from Council.

Women receives vaccination
COVID-19 VACCINES Vaccinations now available

Kilmore District Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is now taking bookings to vaccinate people aged OVER 50 years from Monday 3 May 2021.

If you are over 50 and would like to receive your COVID-19 vaccination, please call 5734 2127.

Please ensure you have your Medicare card details with you when you book your appointment.

Kilmore District Health is anticipating their phone lines will be busy, so if they are unable to answer your call, please leave a message and one of their team will return your call.

Mitchell Shire staff with 2050 Vision props
Mitchell 2050 consultation closing soon

You’ve seen us in and around the shire, chatting to the community about the future. We have received some amazing responses on what the community loves about Mitchell and what their wish is for our future.
Watch this video to find out more about the Mitchell 2050 project.
If you have stopped by and shared your vision to take Mitchell to 2050, thank you. We appreciate your thoughts in helping us build a better Mitchell.
If you are yet to have your say, we have two more pop ups next week:

Catch us this week at:

  • Tallarook Farmers' Market, Sunday 2 May, 9am – noon
  • Tooborac Cafe, Thursday 6 May, 9am-10am

You can also complete our survey online

Submissions close 9am, Monday 10 May 2021.

Kindergarten child in playground
EARLY YEARS Kinder open days

If you're looking for a kindergarten, come along to our open days and see what we can offer.

Saturday 1 May

  • Wandong Kindergarten: 9am-11am
  • Wallan Kindergarten: 11am-1pm
  • Wallan East Family and Children's Centre: 10am-12pm
  • Creating Futures Kindergarten: 12pm-2pm
  • Marie Williams Kindergarten: 2pm-4pm

Saturday 8 May

  • Greater Beveridge Kindergarten: 9am-11am
  • Mt Piper Kindergarten: 9am-11am
  • Pyalong Kindergarten: 11am-1pm
  • Seymour Preschool: 12.30pm-2.30pm

Kindergarten applications close 1 June.

Sleeping baby
SETTLING PROGRAM Help your little one sleep

Our Maternal and Child Health program offers parents the opportunity to access our Sleep and Settling Service with individual home visits and group information sessions available.

Join one of our online sessions:

Newborn - 4 months

  • Tuesday 11 May 6.30p,
  • Tuesday 1 June 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 July 6.30pm

4 months - 8 months

  • Thursday 13 May 6.30pm
  • Thursday 3 June 6.30pm
  • Thursday 8 July 6.30pm

18 months - 2 years

  • Tuesday 18 May 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 8 June 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 13 July 6.30pm

For all appointments and enquiries call central bookings on 5734 6253

Girl looking through clothes
MAKE OLD NEW AGAIN Give old threads new life

Have you been holding on to a pair of your favourite jeans that you just can’t part with? Or, have a favourite handbag that you never use?

Mitchell Shire’s Youth Council can help you say goodbye to these items, reinvigorate your wardrobe and help the environment all at the same time.

On Saturday 15 May, the Mitchell Shire Youth Council is holding a Clothes Swap at the Wallan Multi-Purpose Community Centre, from 11am-3pm.

People are encouraged to swap clean, undamaged items of clothing they no longer wear, need or want prior to the event and receive tokens to be used on the day.

Child colouring in
ADD SOME COLOUR Enter colouring competition

As part of World Environment Day 2021, we've created a fun competition for you to add some colour to Mitchell's environment.

Prizes will be awarded for preschool, primary school and secondary school categories as well as an Encouragement Award.

Download, get creating and enter for your chance to win a beautifully illustrated educational children's book called Leaf Litter by award-winning author/illustrator Rachel Tonkin valued at $20.


1 and 2 May: Open Studios Highlands - Darren Gilbert, 2742 Highlands Road, Highlands, 10am-4pm

Every day until 9 May: Dennis Spiteri, Recent Paintings, Hillcrest Gallery, 33 Old Highlands Road, Highlands10am-4pm 

2 May: Mitchell Shire Concert Band, Goulburn Park, Seymour, 2.30pm-5pm

2 May: Tallarook Farmers' Market, and official opening of the rebuilt Tallarook Mechanics Institute, 8.30am-12pm

4 May: Composting Q+A webinar, virtual event, 6pm-7pm

13 May: Tourism Excellence Program Launch, Trawool Estate, 6pm-8pm

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.

Compost bin

Join an online composting webinar on May 4.

Input wanted on the following projects

Draft Budget, Financial Plan and Revenue and Rating Plan: Let us know your thoughts on the Draft Budget. Closes 9am, Tuesday 4 May.

Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025: we would love your input to capture your thoughts, feelings and experiences regarding health and wellbeing in Mitchell Shire. Closes 9am, Monday 10 May.

Wandong and Heathcote Junction Outdoor Fitness Equipment: Have your say on the proposed locations for outdoor fitness equipment. Drop-in session, 5.30pm-6.30pm on Wednesday 5 May at LB Davern Reserve. 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

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. 

Digital image overlay of world map
OUTDOOR FITNESS Have your say on pod locations

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.

A community drop-in session will be held from 5.30-6.30pm on Wednesday 5 May at LB Davern Reserve.

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.

Two women with yoga mats
DRAFT BUDGET Tell us what you think

We're calling on the community to have their say on our Draft Budget (2021/22), Draft Financial Plan (2021/22-2030/31), and Revenue and Rating Plan (2021/22 - 2024/25) for public submissions.

The community greatly assisted in setting the Draft Budget 2021/22 through the What's Important to You initiative last year with more than 220 responses received online and through community engagement.

Submissions need to be received by 5pm Tuesday 4 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
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Strategic Assets Coordinator
  • Procurement Support Officer
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS Upcoming schedule

Council meetings are held at the Broadford Council Chamber at 7pm. Members of the public are invited to attend. The next meeting will be the Community Questions and Hearing Committee. 

Next meetings:

  • Monday 10 May: Community Questions and Hearing Committee: 
  • Monday 17 May: Council Meeting

Questions can be submitted up until 12pm on Friday 7 May.

2050 Your Vision. Survey closes 9am, Monday 10 May
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