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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 6 August 2021

It is challenging to find ourselves in lockdown once again. While we know what we need to do, it doesn't get any easier. Please stay safe and follow the health advice. We’ve prepared a quick overview of Council service changes. We hope to be back to face-to-face delivery soon. We've also got a few other updates including The Push All-Ages Tour coming to Broadford; rates support; 2021 Census; Wear it Purple Day.

Catch some of your favourite activities online during lockdown at

From 8pm last night (Thursday 5 August) Victoria entered a state-wide a seven-day lockdown. The way we are delivering services has changed and most Council services will return to remote service delivery.


  • VicRoads agency services at Kilmore Customer Service Centre closed
  • Building and planner counter at Wallan Customer Service Centre closed
  • Libraries
  • Leisure Centres
  • Community centres, halls and sporting facilities
  • Youth rooms
  • Visitor Information Centre Seymour


  • Customer Service Centres: phone contact available. Centrelink kiosk at Kilmore available by appointment
  • Kindergartens
  • Libraries for click and collect and eResources
  • School crossings
  • Playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor fitness equipment
  • Resource Recovery Centres: open for essential visits from residents without a kerbside collection service only (ID required)
  • Maternal and Child Health: extra precautions in place which will be discussed as part of appointment booking
  • Immunisation clinics


  • Library storytime and craft activities
  • Leisure fitness classes
  • Youth rooms

There are only five reasons to leave your home:

  • Shopping for the things you need
  • Care and caregiving
  • Exercise, for two hours with one other person
  • Work if it is essential – authorised workers only
  • To get a COVID-19 vaccine

We encourage you to keep your movements to a minimum. Every little bit we do can help make a difference.

Here's a full list of Council service updates

For the latest information from the State Government including details of restrictions, please visit the Victorian Government website.

Woman with headset
COVID SUPPORT Reach out for relief

As we enter another lockdown it's important we keep in touch with family and friends to see how they're coping and reach out for help ourselves if we need it. 

Wellbeing support can be found on the Victorian Government's website and through Beyond Blue.

Man getting a vaccination
VACCINATION UPDATE More options available

If you are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19, we encourage you to book an appointment as soon as possible. Locally, you can get your vaccination at Kilmore District Health and Seymour Health.

There are also a number of local GP clinics who are offering the vaccine. Check with your GP to see if they are.

Booking an appointment is quick and easy, either by phone or online.

Mitchell 2050 Your Vision

We've been calling on you to help shape Mitchell for the next 30 years as part of the Mitchell 2050 Community Vision.

We had close to 1500 responses from right across the shire at markets, pop-ups, workshops and online during March and April.

It's now time for us to check back in and share some of the themes which have emerged from what you had to say and to get your input on the draft vision statement.

Due to COVID restrictions we’ve had to cancel our planned presentation nights. We will hold an online presentation session from 12pm Friday 27 August. Registrations essential.

Lions Park fishing bridge
ALL-AGES TOUR Popular music tour returns

The Broadford Stadium will be the hottest ticket in town on Friday 24 September, when The Push All-Ages Tour rolls in.

Music fans of all ages can vibe out with two of Australia’s top music talents in rappers Allday and JK-47 along with local acts and artists from Triple J Unearthed.

The Push All-Ages Tour is drug, alcohol and smoke-free and is a supported and staffed by Mitchell Youth Services. The event is subject to COVID restrictions.

All tickets are $20 (plus booking fees). Doors open 5pm.

Lions Park fishing platform
THROW A LINE IN Works complete on fishing platform

Fishing enthusiasts can once again throw a line in at Seymour's Lions Park with refurbishment works now complete on the central fishing platform.

The $61,000 Council funded project included decking and handrails replacement plus structural improvements to the frame and poles.

It's yet to be seen if the fish are more likely to take the bait from the refurbished platform.

Can you participate in recreational activities like fishing during lockdown?

Yes, fishing within 5km from your home so long as it doesn't require the use of a facility is allowed.

RATES SUPPORT Understanding your rates notice

Our 2021/2022 rates notices are due to ratepayers’ letterboxes next week. The annual notices contain a breakdown of your rates, how they work and state government charges.

Also contained in these notices is your valuation. Valuations will now be adjusted annually and are conducted by Valuer-General of Victoria.

We’d also like to let you know that we’re here to help. If you or someone you know is experiencing financial hardship, please contact us on 5734 6200 to talk through options. Hardship support is available and welfare support can also be provided by one of our local organisations.

Census worker
2021 CENSUS Tuesday 10 August

Every five years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics counts every person and household in Australia. The Census is the most comprehensive snapshot of the country and tells the story of how we are changing. 

Governments and businesses use the information you give us to:

  • make important decisions about transport, schools, health care, roads and buildings
  • help plan local services for individuals, families and communities.

Census data tells us about the economic, social and cultural make-up of the country.

Start the conversation. Keep it Going. Wear it Purple Day
Celebrate Wear It Purple Day

Wear It Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

People aged 12 to 18 are invited to share stories, wear purple and celebrate days significance. There will be food, games and most importantly ... lots of purple. This event is subject to COVID restrictions.

Wallan Youth Rooms, Thursday 26 August from 3.30-5pm.


Elderly couple
ACCESS INFORMATION Sign up to our senior's newsletter

Every 2 months we send out a positive ageing newsletter with information on community services, volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.

The August-September edition has a special focus on ageing at home with information on getting help around the house, staying safe, financial support and getting around.

There's also information on the 2021 Victorian Seniors Festival, this year we will be holding Morning Melodies instead of the Seniors Concert, free community workshops and a recipe for oat-based fruit crumble.

REPORT ISSUES Make reports online

If you've spotted something that needs attention and need to report it to Council, report it on our website through the Report It tool.

It might be some dumped rubbish you've come across, overgrown grass on private property you think needs tending to, or  a pothole or footpath crack or maybe it's a general enquiry.

Urgent issues or incidents should still be reported to Council immediately by phone 5734 6200 (all hours).

Input wanted

We have consultations open that are featured below and would like to hear your views and ideas. 

  • Kilmore streetscape rejuvenation
  • Draft Environmentally Sustainable Design for Council Buildings Policy
  • Draft King and Queen Street Wallan Masterplan
  • Road renaming proposal - Ridd Court, Seymour

Find out more about some of these projects below.

Artist's impression of Sydney St, Kilmore
SYDNEY ST, KILMORE $3.37m rejuvenation project

Mitchell Shire Council is preparing to begin a $3.37 million streetscape upgrade in Sydney Street, Kilmore between Clarke Street and Bourke Street.

The project will breathe new life into Kilmore’s historic commercial precinct, renew civic pride and help to support businesses and jobs.

You can help choose the heritage colours, signs, town motifs and historic stories.

Submissions close 9am, Tuesday 17 August.

Planning documents
KING AND QUEEN ST Last days to provide input

There are only a few days left to have your say on the King and Queen Street draft masterplan.

We've developed the draft masterplan for the King and Queen Street precinct area to help guide development and growth.

So, what are we proposing in the draft of the Masterplan?

  • The potential to open 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

Thank you to those people who have attended our drop-ins.

Submissions close Friday 13 August.

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:

  • Family Social Worker
  • Resource Recovery Centre Operator
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS August schedule

Council Meetings are back online due to current restrictions. 

The next meetings will be held on:

  • Monday 9 August, Community Questions and Hearings Committee
  • Monday 16 August, Council Meeting

You can watch previous meetings online.

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