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words: welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, 7 May 2021

In this edition: Official opening of Tallarook Hall; fuel reduction works in Wandong; celebrate IDAHOBIT with us; join our clothes swap; register for a tourism networking evening; last chance to have your say on Mitchell 2050.

Picture: The changing colours of autumn courtesy of Bruce Johnstone. 


An emotional community event to re-open the Tallarook Mechanics Institute Hall was held almost three years to the day that the original structure was tragically destroyed by fire.

A bold new facade for the Tallarook Mechanics Institute was unveiled as part of the opening, attended by a wide range of community members, businesses and special guests.

The hall was rebuilt through Council’s insurers who engaged Zen Architects and Bay Builders. The committee and community members also assisted with significant in-kind supports and volunteer hours.

A $200,000 Victorian Government grant was secured by Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes MP to assist with items such as design, contents, landscaping and equipment replacement.

Rail St Wandong
FUEL REDUCTION 10 to 15 May, Rail St, Wandong

Council has been working in partnership with ARTC, VicTrack and VLine to reduce fuel loads in the Wandong and Heathcote Junction rail corridor and adjoining road reserve on Rail St.

To reduce fuel loads, Safer Together funds will be used to remove noxious weeds, identified dangerous trees and some elevated fuels within the road reserve.

The works will run from Monday 10 May until Friday 15 May between 9.30am and 3pm.

As there will be traffic management in place, there may be some slight traffic delays.

Lady gets a 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.

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.

Join us to celebrate IDAHOBIT on May 17

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 at 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 liason officers).

Woman looking through clothes.
CLOTHES SWAP EVENT Saturday 15 May, 11am - 3pm

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.

Trawool Estate
NETWORKING NIGHT Trawool Estate, Thursday 13 May

Join Council's Economic Development team to learn about the soon to be launched Tourism Excellence Program.

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on our local tourism industry, we're inviting local operators to sign up to a fully funded Digital Tourism Excellence Program.

The program, funded by the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund, will help businesses grow their digital footprint via a number of workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions provided by Tourism Tribe.

The tourism industry networking event kicks off at 5.30pm with a back-of-house tour of Trawool Estate that will showcase the extraordinary property.


8 May: Wallan Olde Time Mother's Day Market, Hadfield Park, Wallan, 8am-1pm

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

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

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

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.

Girls trying on clothes

Don't miss our Clothes Swap on 15 May.

2050 Your Vision. Survey closes 9am, Monday 10 May
Input wanted on the following projects

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. 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. 

Dog and cat
PLAN FOR CATS, DOGS Responsible pet ownership

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

Come and visit us to find out more at our community drop-ins:

Wednesday 12 May

  • Wallan Customer and Library Service Centre, from 10am to 11am
  • Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre, 12pm to 1pm

Tuesday 18 May

  • Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre, 10am to 11am
  • Seymour Customer and Library Service Centre, 12pm to 1pm

Survey closes Monday 7 June at 9am.

Outdoor fitness pod
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.

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
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • 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.

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