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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 2 July 2021

In this edition: the 2021/22 Budget was adopted at Monday's Council Meeting; we talk the talk in Canberra; State Government funding boost for sports clubs in Mitchell; take the Plastic Free July challenge; and new drop in dates announced for you to have your say on the King and Queen Street draft masterplan.

Picture: We've invested significantly in roads and bridges, footpaths, buildings and recreation in the 2021/22 budget.

A digger working on the road
BUDGET ADOPTED Preparing for growth

Council's $128.72 million budget was adopted at Monday’s Ordinary Council meeting (28 June).

The first of the new Council’s term, this budget continues to focus on responsibly planning for future opportunities and challenges of increasing population projections. Mitchell’s Big Build has been kept firmly on the agenda, while support in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was also a key feature.

Council focused on refining the capital works budget based on the community’s feedback, and also reviewed any fees and charges in line with industry and local government benchmarking.

Costs which have risen are a direct reflection on the costs to Council to run each service or regulated by State Government.

FUNDING ALLOCATED Money directed to key areas

This year’s budget highlights our readiness for future growth. We've invested:

  • $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.

Picture collage representing key budget areas, including roads, footpaths, parks, libraries, pools and playgrounds.
Parliament House in Canberra

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson and CEO Brett Luxford ventured up to Canberra last week to attend the National Assembly of Local Government.

Mitchell also had two motions passed at the Assembly regarding emergency management and financial assistance grants.

The Mayor and CEO also met with a number of MPs and Chiefs of Staff to help raise Mitchell’s advocacy priorities.

Council does a lot of work behind the scenes to progress our advocacy priorities. This trip was a fantastic opportunity to highlight Mitchell’s priorities to our local and federal government colleagues..

Girl shooting netball
PROJECTS FUNDED State Gov funding boost

Women, children and seniors in Mitchell have scored big with the latest announcement of funding from the State Government. Thank you to our local MPs, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, for helping to make this happen.

Close to $1 million in funding has come from Sport and Recreation Victoria grants for projects across the municipality. Council has also contributed significant fund to the projects.

JJ Clancy Reserve in Kilmore will undergo a $1 million reconstruction of netball and tennis courts, while significant lighting upgrades are on the way for Seymour's Kings Park main oval and the Wallan Tennis Complex.

Outdoor exercise parks featuring fitness equipment specifically designed for seniors will be installed in Seymour, Kilmore and Beveridge, and finally, Broadford Sports Precinct is getting new Australian Rules football goalposts and two sets of senior soccer goals.

A cricket ball, bat and stumps
BROADFORD UPGRADE New nets for Harley Hammond

New cricket nets are on the way for Harley Hammond Reserve in Broadford.

The cricket nets structure will have four lanes, and will be relocated to allow a public access lane for use from the wider community.

With the relocation of the new nets, run-ups will no longer be on the oval which will improve the condition and safety of the oval for other users.

The $374,000 project is thanks to a $100,000 State Government grant, along with $30,000 from Cricket Australia’s Infrastructure Fund and a $244,000 Council contribution.

Model of house and tree
Drop in and provide input on the draft plan

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 on:

  • 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. Some of the things we're proposing include:

  • The potential to create a new open space park for the community
  • New roads to link Watson Street and William Street to improve connectivity
  • A shared footpath to connect the Community Park with Mittagong Creek and expand accessibility in Wallan
  • More residential options for a growing community
Engaging Mitchell
Single use plastics
PLASTIC FREE JULY Plastic Free July begins

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.

We've also got a couple of great virtual events coming up:

  • Cook with the Zero Waste Chef (3 July)
  • Plastic Free Baby (20 July)
Child in outdoor playground
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Activities to keep kids entertained

We may be halfway through the school holidays, but we've still got a bunch of great activities to help keep young minds entertained.

From arts and crafts, cooking classes, and a pop-up recording studio - we've got something for everyone. 

Bookings are essential for all school holiday activities. Details on how to register are available on the link below.

Don't forget about our many great parks and playgrounds also, if you're keen to escape in to the great outdoors. Find what you're looking for on our Near Me tool.


Trees, plants and shrubs are an important part of Mitchell Shire's landscape, providing shade and shelter for people and wildlife, reducing the effects of greenhouse gases and also providing benefits to health and wellbeing and the economy, as well as social and community benefits.

Council's annual tree planting schedule is in full swing, and last week our crews braved the cold to deliver the second stage of bulk plantings in High Street, Broadford.

This stage saw the second of four sections of large median strips planted out on the northern (shop side) of High Street. Future mulching and plantings will be done next on the southern side to complete the median sections of High Street.

The trees of choice this time around were Leucadendron’s (Protea family), Kangaroo Paws and Saltbush, adding a bit of different form and colour.

Tree planting in High Street, Broadford

Our Parks crews hard at work bulk planting trees in High Street, Broadford. Mulch was scratched back, holes were drilled by auger and plants were installed and guarded in record time.

NAIDOC Week 4-11 July
Celebrate our Indigenous heritage

Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as part of NAIDOC Week at Seymour’s Kings Park on Wednesday 7 July.

We've partnered with the Seymour Local Aboriginal Network to celebrate NAIDOC Week with this special event. The celebration will begin with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at 11am, then from 11.30am until 2pm there will be food stalls, displays and family-friendly events to enjoy.

Fire danger rating roadside sign
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.

Community Bank® Adventure Playground in Wallan
HADFIELD PARK OPEN Works completed on playground

Our recent playground maintenance works at the Community Bank® Adventure Playground in Wallan took a little longer than we expected, but we'd just like to thank our community for their understanding and patience.

We're happy to say these important safety works are now complete and the playground has reopened. 

Yet to check out this impressive place? It's a must-do these school holidays, featuring:

  • a 5-level treehouse tower
  • 3 slides
  • challenging climbing obstacles
  • a 25-metre double flying fox
  • a spinning carousel
  • swings
  • plus much more!
Beveridge Girls' Group. Meet every Wednesday in Term 3 starting 21 July from 4.30pm - 6pm at Greater Beveridge Community Centre.

Saturday 3 July: Cook along with the Zero Waste Chef, noon-1pm. Virtual event

Sunday 4 July: Keep the Circle Unbroken,
2-6pm, Old Kilmore Gaol. Tickets $49

Monday 5 July - Sunday 11 July: Pop-up recording studio, all day at Wallan Youth Room, Bookings essential.

Wednesday 7 July - Friday 9 July: School holiday painting activity, 10.30am-11am, Mitchell Shire libraries.

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

Boy with hand paint

Children can do painting activities at Mitchell Shire's libraries on various days next week.

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:

  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • Web Content Advisor
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Statutory Planning Coordinator
  • Senior Environmental Officer
  • Events and Business Administrator
  • 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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