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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 23 July 2021

In this edition: Mitchell's new baby boom; register to take part in National Tree Day; apply to become a field officer for the upcoming Census; Windham Street works almost complete; COVID services update; and have your say on Kilmore rejuvenation.

Picture: Sessional kindergarten enrolments increased by 32 per cent in Mitchell between 2019 and 2021.

Babies in nappies crawling

The pitter patter of little feet is taking over Mitchell with a post COVID-19 lockdown of 2020 baby boom.

A staggering 25 babies were born in the span of just eight days earlier this month across the shire, with Kilmore seeing a 34 per cent increase in births over the past 12 months

There was a 21 per cent increase in the number of babies born across Mitchell Shire in 2020/21 – meaning 706 bundles of joy were delivered.


Children planting trees
NATIONAL TREE DAY Help protect our future

It is time to connect with nature through the annual National Tree Day.

Students and residents will be given the chance to play their part in a better future, if COVID restrictions allow, on 30 July and 1 August.

The event is hosted by Planet Ark and supported by Mitchell Shire Council. It is not too late to sign up to be part of the big day.

Man posting a letter
FIELD OFFICERS Temporary Census work on offer

Are you looking for work out in the field?

The Australian Census is looking for 38,000 temporary employees to play an important part of this year’s survey.

The census provides all of us with valuable information and Field Officers are now being recruited – now’s your chance.


Road Reconstruction Works on Windham Street, Wallan, are now wrapping up.

Our contractors will be line marking over the coming week before packing up. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience during this time.

Last week we completed works on the intersection of Windham and King Streets, including laying new asphalt.

The $620,000 works were funded by Council.

Keep an eye on our website for information on the next steps on Windham Street.

Footpath closed sign
Electronic overlay of city

In line with the latest restrictions, the way we are delivering services has changed and most Council services have returned to remote service delivery. 

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
  • To get a COVID-19 vaccine

We encourage you to keep your movements to a minimum. And get vaccinated when it's your turn. Vaccination bookings can be made online. Every little bit we do can help make a difference.

For a full list of Council service updates, please visit the COVID section of our website.

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

Please stay safe and follow the health advice.

Women with headset at computer
COVID SUPPORT Financial, mental health support

Many Mitchell businesses and services are doing it tough. There is financial and hardship supports available including emergency food relief for individuals and businesses.

There is also a one-off $250 payment, the Power Saving Bonus, available to eligible households to help people manage the cost of their energy bills from spending more time at home during coronavirus.

It's important to look after your mental health, keep in touch with family and friends and reach out for help if you need it.

Family wearing masks
WHEN TO ISOLATE If you live with a close contact

If you live in the same house as a primary close contact, you are a secondary close contact.

You must stay in quarantine until the primary close contact is told that they can leave quarantine.

As a secondary close contact, you are not required to be tested for COVID-19 unless you develop symptoms.

You can only leave the house for the following reasons:

  • for medical reasons (to get medical care or supplies, or get tested for COVID-19)
  • in an emergency or if you are unsafe
  • as specified by the Chief Health Officer or delegate.
Input wanted

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

  • $3.37 million Kilmore rejuvenation
  • Draft Environmentally Sustainable Design for Council Buildings Policy
  • Draft Local Law Community and Environment 2021
  • Draft King and Queen Street Wallan Masterplan

Find out more about 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
  • historic stories

You can also view the plans and find out about planned drop ins and information displays at the link below.

Submissions close 9am, Tuesday 17 August.

Man installing panelling
BUILDINGS POLICY Environmentally sustainable design

Tell us what you think about our draft Environmentally Sustainable Design for Council Buildings Policy

The policy seeks to provide guidance and minimum standards for Environmentally Sustainable Design in Council buildings to minimise environmental impacts. 

The policy applies to:

  • All new Council buildings, initiated by Council or developer led; and
  • All substantial renewals, renovations and upgrades to existing Council buildings and facilities.

Submissions close 9am, Wednesday 18 August.

Dog guarding sheep
DRAFT LOCAL LAW What do you think?

We're reviewing our draft Local Law Community and Environment 2021 to make it easier to understand and to help meet the changing needs of our community and we're looking for your input.

Due to the lockdown, we've had to postpone our drop-in sessions that were planned for Tuesday 20 July. The final drop-in sessions will be held on Thursday 29 July, subject to restrictions being lifted: 

  • 10-11am, Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre
  • 12-1pm, Seymour Customer and Library Service Centre
  • 5.30-7.30pm, Broadford Town Hall

Submissions close 9am Monday 2 August.

Town plans
KING AND QUEEN ST Drop in and provide input

The final Drop-In session for the Draft King and Queen Street Wallan Masterplan has been rescheduled to Wednesday 4 August due to the COVID restrictions.

The drop-in session will be held at:

  • Council Planning and Building Office, 4a & 4b, 61 High Street, Wallan, Wednesday 4 August 2021, 3pm-6pm

We’ve developed a Draft Masterplan for the King and Queen Street area to help guide development.

Submissions to the Draft Masterplan close on 6 August 2021.

2050 Your Vision
The conversation continues

We had more than 1400 responses to the Mitchell 2050 survey and a range of wonderful conversations where we connected with the community at a number of events across Mitchell Shire.

Now it's time for us to check back in and share some of the exciting themes which are emerging from what we heard you say in March and April.

Come and see us at one of our drop-in sessions or at one of our pop-ups at local markets or attend one of our presentation nights.  This is your chance to keep the conversation going as we work together to create a new vision for 2050.


  • Tallarook Farmers' Market, Sunday 1 August, 8.30am-12pm,
  • Beveridge Community Market, Saturday 7 August, 2pm-6pm
  • Wallan Olde Time Market, Saturday 14 August, 8am-1pm


Presentation night
Bookings essential and may be subject to COVID restrictions on numbers at the time

  • Seymour, The Brewers Table, Tuesday 10 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Wallan, Open House Café, Thursday 12 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Kilmore, Oddfellows Café, Wednesday 18 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Broadford, Broadford Town Hall, Thursday 19 August, 5.30pm-7.30pm

If we need to change these due to COVID restrictions at the time, we’ll provide updates online

Mitchell Shire on the airwaves. Catch us on: OKRFM in Wallan on Monday 26 July at 9.30am and Seymour FM on Wednesday 28 July at 10am.
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:

  • Youth Development Officer
  • Resource Recovery Centre Operator
  • Learning and Development Officer
  • Administration Officer
  • Landscape Surveillance Officer
  • Financial Accountant
  • Community Development Officer - Arts and Culture
  • Health and Wellness Team Leader
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • Leisure vacancies: Duty Manager; Lifeguard; Group Fitness Instructor; Swim Instructor
COUNCIL MEETINGS August schedule

Keep an eye on our website and this newsletter to see if next month's Council Meetings are in Council Chamber at 113 High Street, Broadford or online.

The next meetings will be held on:

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

You can see watch previous meetings online.

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