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In this edition: Our very own aqua instructor wins national award; be prepared for fire, storm, floods; local leaders show support for 16 Days of Activism; our Reuse Shop is open this weekend.
Pictured above: The Old Black Train Steam Engine in JW Elliot Reserve, Seymour.
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Her class participants can already vouch for her, but Mitchell Leisure Services fitness and health supervisor Kathryn McDonald (pictured) can now officially lay claim to be the best aqua instructor in all of Australia.

Kat, as she is widely known, was crowned the Victorian AUSTSWIM WETS Instructor of the Year at a virtual event last month, before also being announced as the national champion later in the evening.

Aqua classes are one of Mitchell Shire Leisure Services most popular, with Kat’s classes regularly booked out. 

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SUMMER SAFETY Be prepared for fire, flood, storm

We all need to do our bit to ensure we are prepared for emergencies such as fires, floods and storms this summer. 

  • Prepare your property
  • Have an emergency plan
  • Plan how you would escape a fire at home
  • Make sure your emergency kit is ready

Visit our website to see how Council prepares for emergencies.

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TREE PRUNING Works in Seymour, Tallarook

During December, we will have workers out in the townships of Seymour and Tallarook maintaining clearance of public trees around power lines.

These works are part of the annual line clearance tree pruning program.

Please take care if you see our workers in the area.

Respect women, call it out. 16 Days of Activism

We have stood united with our community and service providers this year for Respect Victoria's 16 Days of Activism. Mitchell Shire leaders tell us what respect means to them in this video. We encourage you to continue the conversation throughout the entire year and help change the story in our community.


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OUR GYMS ARE OPEN Start getting in shape for 2021 now

Our group fitness classes, swimming lessons, personal training and, gym assessments are back, and our instructors are keen to welcome everyone to our leisure centres.

Bookings are only required for swimming lessons and aqua classes.

Recreational swimming before and after swim classes for students is also now available so you can stay in the water longer.

The group fitness classes have limited numbers for Term 4 and will be reviewed for Term 1, 2021.

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ENJOY A DIP ON US Free entry to outdoor pools

The summer pool season is here and we're offering free casual entry to our outdoor pools again all summer.

Enjoy hours of refreshing fun at the Broadford Outdoor Pool, Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool and the Tallarook Outdoor Pool. The little ones can enjoy water play at the splah spark at Community Bank ® Adventure Playground in Hadfield Park, Wallan.

Our outdoor pools open when the Bureau of Meteorology forecast is 26 degrees or higher. Operating hours may vary due to changing temperatures and/or patronage levels.


The December/January edition of Positive Ageing newsletter will be out soon jam packed with Christmas tips and summer safety.

Meet your new Councillors, check out the new dog park in Kilmore, cool down for free at our outdoor pools and find hidden gems for day trips with Discover Mitchell.

We've also got Christmas recycling tips and a tasty recipe for an easy wholemeal fruitcake. 

Seniors cooking together in kitchen

Keep up to date on local services, activities and programs for seniors with our Positive Ageing newsletter.

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REUSE SHOP OPEN Recycle unwanted household items

Our Reuse Shop at Wallan Resource Recovery Centre will be open on Saturday 12 December from 11am to 3pm.

The shop resells many household items that can still be used such as furniture, toys, books, records, CDs, gardening items and baby furniture.

The Reuse Shop will continue to open monthly - keep an eye out for opening days and times on our website.

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NEW ARTS PROGRAM Upskilling for creatives

We've launched a new program to support emerging or professional artists, arts workers, people involved in community arts and people who work in any creative industry field.

ArtsACTION can help creatives to grow their career, build their business, step up their organisation and connect them with their peers and other local artists.

The program runs until June.

Engagement policy input wanted

We’ve prepared a draft policy to help guide our approach to community engagement and we’re keen to get your input. The policy is a requirement of the new Local Government Act and sets out the principles of engagement, why we engage and when we engage. It supports the Community Engagement Framework which was adopted in 2018. We have a few short questions to share your thoughts about the policy. You can also provide more extended feedback if you prefer.

Input closes 9am, Monday 11 January 2021

TAYLORS CREEK PATH Have your say on shared path's design along scenic route

Our survey on Wallan's Taylors Creek shared pathway has been extended, and is now closing at 9am, Friday 18 December 2020.

The new pathway will give residents and visitors more opportunity to walk, run and cycle along the creek and take in some of Mitchell Shire's most scenic natural locations.

The pathway will run on both sides of the creek from Taylors Lane in the south to King William Drive in the north.

Council is calling on the community to provide feedback on the proposed design for the pathway.

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DRAFT LOCAL LAW Proposed Common Seal and Conduct at Meetings Local Law

We're calling for community submissions on the Draft Proposed Common Seal and Conduct at Meetings Local Laws.

The purpose of the Local Law will:

  • Regulate the use of Mitchell Shire's common seal
  • Prohibit unauthorised use of the common seal or any device resembling the common seal
  • Determine a set of offences and associated penalties relating to conduct at meetings

Submissions on the Draft Local Law close at 9am on 31 December 2020.

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:

  • Swim Instructor
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Management Accountant

The next Council meeting is Monday 14 December at 7pm.

The agenda for Monday's is now available online.  Due to COVID restrictions Council meetings will be online.

You can watch live on our website from 7pm. The recording will be available the next day. 

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