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In this edition: Rug up and forget the cold at Wallan's outdoor cinema tonight, Council adopts 2022/23 budget; more funding announcements for Mitchell; a bus trip to Parliament House to protest the quarry, plus the latest events in Mitchell.

Picture: This week we displayed rainbow flags outside our Customer and Library Service Centres and community centres to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).  

Budget and financial plan covers

Council adopted a $162 million budget for 2022/23 at Monday night’s Council meeting.

The budget will help to deliver more than 100 services to our community as well as more than $75 million for capital works projects including roads, footpaths, bridges, sport and recreation facilities, playgrounds, open space and buildings.

We will do this within the 1.75 per cent rate cap set by the State Government.

We’ll be providing more information about the budget projects and highlights over the next few weeks including the full budget document and 10 year financial plan as well as a budget summary

Community members celebrate a funding announcement at Wallan Secondary College
MORE FUNDING Another big week of announcements

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Catherine King and Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell announced on Monday that an Albanese Government will deliver $11 million to improve roads across Mitchell and Macedon Ranges.

Mr Mitchell also visited Wallan with State Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence to announce funding for four important projects as part of the Victorian Government’s 2021/22 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Projects that received State funding are:

  • Wallan Secondary College Pavilion Project
  • Facility Improvements for Riding Develops Abilities at Kings Park, Seymour
  • Seymour Tennis Complex Lighting Project
  • Mitchell Open Space Strategy
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ELECTION SNAPSHOT Commitments in Mitchell Shire

We're very excited about the wide range of election commitments that will support Mitchell Shire.

We've had a visit from the Prime Minister, commitments for the Camerons Lane Interchange in Beveridge, the Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub, Greenhill Reserve oval upgrades, roads funding and a pledge to kickstart the Greenhill Recreation Precinct in Wallan.

Head to our website for a snapshot of election commitments and find out what they mean for you. 

Front of the Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre

We're partnering with the Victorian Government to refurbish and redesign the Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre to create more library space and better access for customers.

The centre will be closed until the end of June while the work is underway.

A Customer and Library Services Officer will be available at the Broadford Living and Learning Centre, 156-158 High Street, Broadford (opposite Broadfuel) on weekdays from 9am to 5pm during the closure.

More information, including alternative arrangements for services, is available on our website or by calling (03) 5734 6200.


Regional Roads Victoria is improving the surface on the Hume Freeway southbound off-ramp at Beveridge and at the intersection of Lithgow Street and the Old Hume Freeway.

A closure of the off-ramp at Beveridge will be required during night works and a detour in place for Hume Freeway motorists travelling south.

Works are expected to begin on Sunday 22 May and take approximately two weeks, weather permitting. The off-ramp will be closed to all traffic from 7pm to 7am during this time.

Works at the intersection of Lithgow Street and the Old Hume Highway at Beveridge will begin on Sunday 5 June and take approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

While works are underway, on-site traffic management will be in place and speeds will be reduced.

Sign alerting drivers to road works in progress

Road works begin on the Hume Freeway southbound off-ramp on Sunday 22 May.

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RATES INSTALLMENT Assistance available for hardship

The fourth 2021/22 rates instalment is due on Tuesday 31 May.

If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact us as assistance may be available under Council’s Financial Hardship policy.

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SPORTS VOUCHERS Financial support to get active

The Victorian Government recently announced $12.3 million for the continuation of the Get Active Kids Voucher Program.

The program provides eligible parents and guardians with a $200 voucher to help with the costs of membership, registration, uniforms and equipment.

No Quarry poster
Show your support for the NO QUARRY campaign at Parliament House

Join your friends and neighbours on the steps of Parliament House on Wednesday 8 June to make sure your voice is heard by those who will make the final decision on the Beveridge/Wallan quarry.

We will be running a free bus to Parliament House and back with pick-ups in Wallan and Beveridge. Bookings essential.

You can also contact your local Members and Ministers and tell them why you don't want a quarry. It's important they hear your voice.

This quarry isn't a done deal. So make your sure your voice is heard.


Look at all these fantastic community events coming up:

You can list your event or find out what's on through the event calendar on our website.

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Join in the fun at the Vic Fish Kids event at Goulburn Park in Seymour.

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CRAFT AND A CUPPA Bring your craft project

Come along to our weekly Craft and a Cuppa sessions held from 11.30am at libraries in Beveridge, Seymour, Wallan and Kilmore.

Bring the project you’re working on and join in. There will also be tea and coffee provided.

Check out our events calendar for more information. 

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KINDER APPLICATIONS Apply for a kinder place in 2022/23

Applications for the 4-year-old and 3-year-old kindergarten program are open for 2022 and 2023. Round one applications close Wednesday 1 June. 

Mitchell Kindergarten service facilities are located across 11 sites in Beveridge, Broadford, Flowerdale, Kilmore, Pyalong, Seymour, Wallan, Wallan East and Wandong.

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VIRTUAL TOUR Dive into world of recycling

Take a behind the scenes tour to see what happens to your recycling after it leaves your home in the truck and arrives at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

Join us online at our free Rethink Recycling presentation where you will also discover some new tricks to cut down on waste and improve recycling and reuse in your home.

It's on 4pm to 5.15pm Tuesday 24 May.

FREE COOKING CLASS Don't waste your dough

Did you know bread is one of the most wasted food items in Victoria? Join our free workshops to share in grains of wisdom about how to best store and enjoy every slice of bread and learn how to turn leftover or stale bread into a gnocchi and pudding recipe.

  • 10am to 11am Wednesday 1 June: Leftover Bread Gnocchi
  • 7pm to 8pm Thursday 2 June: Stale Bread and Butter Pudding

These webinars will be held on Zoom.

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OUTDOOR CINEMA See Mamma Mia in Wallan

Join us from 5pm Friday 20 May (today), for another epic Autumn Movie Nights Under The Stars at Wallan's Hadfield Park.

Rug up and forget about the cold with some snacks from food vendors, roaming entertainment and Mamma Mia on the big screen under the night sky. Best of all, entry is free.

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SUPPORTING BUSINESS Help to grow your business

Small businesses across Mitchell can access a range of business support opportunities including workshops, sessions with consultants and services through the Business Victoria Small Business Bus.

For bookings or more information please visit the Business Support section of our website. 

Have your say on Engaging Mitchell website

We have a few consultations open at the moment, and we would like to hear your views and ideas. We're currently seeking input on:

You can find out more and have your say on our Engaging Mitchell consultation website.

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CAREERS AT COUNCIL Apply to join Team Mitchell

Think you'd make a good fit at Team Mitchell? We currently have these roles available:

  • Manager Community Planning and Delivery
  • Manager Development Services
  • Digital Content Specialist
  • Strategic Assets Coordinator
  • Administration Officer
  • Multiple educator and teacher roles
  • School Crossing Supervisors
  • Leisure: pool lifeguards, duty manager, swim instructors

For more information on these roles or to apply, head to our website.

Exterior view of Council chambers in Broadford
COUNCIL MEETING Catch up on what happened

The May Council meeting was held this week, with several important decisions made including:

  • Adoption of the 2022/23 Budget and Financial Plan
  • Motions for the upcoming Municipal Association of Victoria State Council meeting
  • Approved a development plan for 100 Natures Run, Kilmore

Did you know you can watch Council meetings online?

Head to our website to catch up on what happened.


Mitchell Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, those of the Taungurung and Wurundjeri People. We pay our respects to their rich cultures and to Elders past and present.

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