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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, May 2019
In this edition
How you can easily and safely dispose of household chemical, a micro library set to open in Beveridge next week, an update on our road grading schedule, a change to the speed limit outside St Mary's College in Seymour, and upcoming events in Mitchell Shire. 

Do you need to safely dispose of unwanted or out-of-date, highly toxic household chemicals?

A free Detox your Home household chemical program, running on 15 June in Seymour, is your chance to clear your home of all those nasty toxic household chemicals that have piled up.

Have a look around your sheds, kitchen and other areas to see if now’s the time to detox your home.

The event will be held at Council's Seymour Works Depot, behind Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre (entry via Pollard Street).

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Easily and safely dispose of toxic household chemicals for free at Sustainability Victoria's Detox your Home event in Seymour on 15 June.

Tallarook Mechanics Hall
BEVERIDGE IS BUZZING Micro library and carpet bowls on offer for residents

Beveridge will be home to a new micro library service, starting from Monday.

At this stage, the service will operate from 9am to 1pm on Mondays and Thursdays at the Greater Beveridge Community Centre, but times and days will be reviewed in July to possibly introduce an afternoon session and other library activities.

There's also a new carpet bowls series at the Centre, starting in June. It will kick off with a cost-free series, including game play and a high tea.

Gather your friends or join individually, and of course, beginners are welcome. Register your interest on (03) 8733 7352.

GRADING SCHEDULE Extra crews in place for road grading catch up

Our road maintenance program is running a little behind schedule, but we're working hard to catch up so we can all enjoy a more pleasant drive.

We've put extra crews on to help keep up, and we've also got a Saturday crew working through the backlog, but we're still about six weeks behind.

Despite the recent rain, the extended hot, dry weather over the past few months has put pressure on our extensive gravel road network, meaning corrugations are forming easily and roads need to be graded more often.

Thanks to all residents for your patience, and we hope to be back on track very soon.


Come and join us as we take part in National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 22 May at 11am.

This year, we'll be reading the book Alpacas with Maracas at our libraries in Beveridge, Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event where a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in places around the country.

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KINDER IN 2020 Applications closing soon

Our kindergartens provide children with opportunities for social interaction, creative activities and physical development.

Don’t miss your chance to enrol your little one in one of our kindergartens for 2020 – first round applications are closing 1 June.

With kindergartens in Beveridge, Broadford, Flowerdale, Kilmore, Pyalong, Seymour, Wallan and Wandong, you’re sure to find one near you.

When you register, you will receive a confirmation email (it could go in to Junk Mail) from Council. If a confirmation doesn't arrive, give our Children's Services team a call on 5734 6200.

St Mary's College Seymour
SPEED LIMIT ALTERED 40 km/h in school time only

For those of you who travel along High Street in Seymour, in front of St Mary’s College - we're changing the 40 km/h school speed zone so it is only in effect during school times.

As it stands, the street's speed was permanently limited to 40 km/h, but it made sense to have this speed limit during school times only.

The street will now be 40 km/h between 8am-9.30am, and 2.30pm-4pm on school days only. At all other times, it will be 50 km/h.

We’re also installing flashing 40 km/h signs this week which will activate during school times, to make sure everyone has plenty of warning.


Our very own Youth Council was recognised for their ongoing efforts to tackle youth mental health at last week's Young Achiever Awards in Melbourne.

The group was one of just three finalists in the running for the Group Achievement in the Community award in this year's awards, and while they weren't the overall winner, we're still very proud of what they have achieved, and for being named in the top three groups in the state.

Mitchell Shire's Youth Council is made up of seven enthusiastic people between the ages of 13 and 24 years.

Youth Council
Thanks, Mitchell Shire residents

We want to extend a big thank you to the community, who have rallied behind our mental health and freeway advocacy campaign in the lead up to the Federal Election.

We've spoken to many of you at markets, events and vox-pops across the shire since the campaign launched in early April, and more than 1000 emails and postcards have been sent from residents to candidates showing your support.

The campaign called for Federal funding commitments for local mental health services and the Wallan freeway interchange, and the campaign attracted commitments from Labor for $23 million towards construction of a freeway diamond interchange in Wallan, and $3 million towards a headspace facility in Wallan.

COUNCIL MEETING Join us on Monday 20 May at 7pm

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for this coming Monday, 20 May at 7pm.

We encourage all residents to come along, see your Councillors in action and witness decisions made first hand.

There's plenty to discuss this month, and you'll be able to see the full agenda online later this week; click the link below 

Council meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7pm at the Broadford Council Chamber (113 High Street).

THANKS, VOLUNTEERS Recognising our volunteers' efforts

Our volunteers play a vital role in our communities, and the volunteers we have here in Mitchell Shire achieve so much each and every day.

To thank our volunteers for everything they do, we're hosting two special thank you nights as part of National Volunteer Week. These will be held in Seymour on 21 May from 6pm-8.30pm, and in Kilmore on 24 May on 6pm-8.30pm.

Finger food and refreshments will be supplied. RSVP by Sunday 19 May via the link below.

Ryans Creek Reserve development

We've got a few things planned to develop Ryans Creek Reserve in Kilmore to make it a great community space, but we need your input on our ideas before we go ahead with more detailed plans and designs.

Some of the proposed elements include play equipment, picnic shelters, seating and a half-court basketball area - but what do you think?

Take our online survey, pick up a hard copy survey at the Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre or head along to our drop-in session on 28 May between 5pm-6pm at the reserve.


We've got a few other consultations happening at the moment that you also might like to get involved in, including:

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