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Harley Hammond Reserve oval in Broadford, lit up under the new lights
In this edition...
We've had to adjust more of our services in the wake of the reimposed Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions; there's a new off-leash dog park under construction in Kilmore; we've flicked the switch on the new lights at Harley Hammond Reserve in Broadford; see what's been included in the 2020/21 budget; and have your say on a proposed name change for a road in Beveridge.
Service changes to Council services

We've made the decision to close our Customer Service Centre doors from 5pm on Friday. Don't worry though, we'll still be on hand for you to contact us on the phone or online.

For any enquiries you can phone 5734 6200 or go to our website. If you have an enquiry that you feel can only be done face-to-face, please give us a call to discuss.

Please note, the Centrelink Terminal at Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre will remain open by appointment only.

With the return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions, we've had to change the way we deliver a number of our services. For a full list of service updates, head to our website.

Symptoms of COVID-19: Fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, chills or sweats, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste.
Get tested in Mitchell

If you're not quite feeling yourself, and you have any of the symptoms above (no matter how mild) please get tested for COVID-19. Getting tested means you are keeping yourself, your friends, family, workplace and your community safe. We have three local testing sites:

  • Seymour Health (drive-through)
  • The Kilmore and District Hospital
  • Wallan Respiratory Clinic (at Nexus)

Appointments are required at all three locations - find all the details on our website.


In some exciting news for the dog lovers of Mitchell Shire, a fenced, off-leash dog park is being built in Kilmore.

We’ve allocated $30,000 to the park which will be constructed near the Kilmore Racecourse, at the corner of East Street and Kilmore East Road.

The park is not able to be used just yet, but we’ll let people know when they can head down there. We’ll keep you updated regularly on our Animals of Mitchell Shire Facebook page.

Dog jumping in the air

Woof woof! You and your four-legged friend will soon be able to burn some energy at a new off-leash dog park in Kilmore

Lights on at Harley Hammond Reserve
IT'S LIGHTS ON The switch is flicked in Broadford

Broadford's Harley Hammond Reserve is home to four new 30-metre high light towers, improving visibility and safety across the ground for participants and spectators.

This is in addition to the oval being reconstructed in 2017, which provided a new playing surface, irrigation and drainage.

The lighting upgrade cost $297,000 and was fully funded by Mitchell Shire Council.

Mayor David Lowe with members of the Upper Plenty community
THE SHACK IS BACK New building ready to open

The new Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall, or “The Shack” as it’s affectionately known, is ready to reopen after fire ravished the original building.

The hall burned down in 2015, not long after being refurbished. The new building will take pride of place on the original site, keeping true to the old design.

The cost of the rebuild has largely come from The Shack’s insurance, and Council contributed $116,000.

Graphic of a rural road
Give us your ideas for Minton Street, Beveridge

We’re proposing to rename an unbuilt road reserve, which forms part of Minton Street, Beveridge, to Camerons Lane.

As part of a recent subdivision review, we've decided to rename this section to Camerons Lane to better reflect its location, avoid confusion and to help emergency vehicles to locate these areas of Beveridge.

For more information or to have your say, visit the Engaging Mitchell website.

Children together at kindergarten
KINDER FOR 2021 Places filling fast, enrol now

If you have a little one heading off to kinder next year (2021), applications for Mitchell Shire's 4-year-old and 3-year-old kindergarten programs are now open.

If you haven’t yet got your application in, we encourage you to get on to it quick sticks. The sooner you do, the more chance you have of getting into the kindergarten of your choice.

Applications can be made online, or by phone on 5734 6200.

Plastic free options to keep food in
GO PLASTIC-FREE Learn a thing or two online

How’s your Plastic Free July mission going? If you’re not on board, it’s not too late to join in.

Did you know that almost every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists on earth somewhere? And that more plastic has been produced in the first 10 years of this century than the entire last century? It’s a worry.

To help you learn a little bit more about plastic pollution, why not cast your eyes over one of these documentaries to inspire, inform or help you in your Plastic Free July challenge.

A snapshot of the highlights

This year, we’re investing more in our capital works program to improve roads, footpaths, buildings and open spaces as well as recreation, leisure, and community facilities.

We’ve prepared a snapshot of our program to highlight upcoming projects. View the video below to see what's been included.

Budget highlights video image
Apply for Youth Council on our website
Working for Victoria. Victoria State Government
Local jobs to support recovery

It's been great to welcome some new Working for Victoria staff in the last few weeks, but we still have plent of vacancies available for those who have lost work due to the impacts of COVID-19.

If you or someone you know have had your employment impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be perfect for one of the following fixed-term (6 month) positions:

  • Arboricultural Officer
  • Business Advisor - HR Specialist
  • Community Development - Psychologist Youth Specialist (in partnership with Nexus Primary Health)
  • Community Development - Social Worker Youth (in partnership with Nexus Primary Health)
  • Digital Engagement Officer
  • Digital Marketing Officer
  • Digital Marketing Officer (Go Seymour) – Jobs, Investment and Communications
  • Financial Counsellor for Community (in partnership with Nexus Primary Health)
  • Management Accountant
  • Project Manager – Infrastructure Works
  • Small Business Advisor – Jobs, Investment and Communications
  • Small Business Grant Writing Support Officer
  • Small Business Legal Specialist
  • Streetscape and Playground Cleaners
  • Tradesperson/Handyperson - Builder
  • Tradesperson/Handyperson - Electrician
  • Tradesperson/Handyperson - Painter
  • Tradesperson/Handyperson - Plumber

For position descriptions and details on how to apply, please visit the Work for Victoria page on our website.

This week we also have some exciting permanent jobs on offer. Right now, we are trying to fill the following roles:

  • Leading Hand Landscape Maintenance
  • Gym and Group Fitness Instructor
  • Maintenance Worker

Learn more about the roles and how to apply on the careers page of our website.

Mitchell Shire on the airwaves. Our next monthly radio show are on OKRFM 98.3 and 97.1 on Monday 27 July 10am to 10.30am Seymour FM 103.9 on Thursday 30 July 9.30am to 10am
Fiona holding a book
STORYTIME ONLINE Join in the fun 10.30am Mondays

While we can't welcome you in person at our libraries at the moment, that doesn't mean the fun has to stop.

Join us online when we livestream StoryTime every Monday at 10.30am, on the Mitchell Shire Council Facebook page.

Outside Council chambers
COUNCIL MEETING Next meeting on Monday at 7pm

Our next Ordinary Council Meeting is coming up at 7pm on Monday 20 July. The meeting will be live streamed to our website.

A draft agenda is now on Council's website, while you can access agendas and minutes for past meetings online as well.

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