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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 16 July 2021

It is challenging to find ourselves in lockdown once again many businesses and services had only just started to reopen, kids had returned to the classroom and community sport was back.

Please stay safe and follow the health advice. We’ve prepared a quick overview of Council service changes. We hope to be back to face-to-face delivery on Wednesday.


From 11.59pm last night (Thursday 15 July) until 11.59pm on Tuesday 20 July, we will be under a snap five-day lockdown. The way we are delivering services has changed and most Council services will return to remote service delivery.


  • Customer Service Centres: phone contact available. Centrelink kiosk at Kilmore available by appointment. VicRoads agency services at Kilmore closed. Building and planner counter at Wallan closed
  • Libraries
  • Leisure Centres
  • Community centres, halls and sporting facilities
  • Youth rooms
  • Visitor Information Centre Seymour


  • Kindergartens
  • Libraries for click and collect and eResources
  • School crossings
  • Playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor fitness equipment
  • Resource Recovery Centres: open for essential visits from residents without a kerbside collection service only (ID required)
  • Maternal and Child Health: extra precautions in place which will be discussed as part of appointment booking
  • Immunisation clinics

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. 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.

Woman on phone at laptap

As we enter another lockdown it's important, we keep in touch with family and friends to see how they're coping and reach out for help ourselves if we need it.

There is financial and hardship support available including emergency food relief for individuals and businesses.

Council has partnered with Beyond Housing, Nexus Primary Health, FamilyCare, Goulburn Options Inc, Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership, The Kilmore and District Hospital, Seymour Health and The Bridge Youth Service to support our community through COVID-19.

These local experts can offer assistance with:

  • Housing
  • Finances
  • Health
  • Isolation
  • Family violence
  • Drugs and alcohol

Call Council on (03) 5734 6200 and we’ll help link you up with the right service.

Artist impression of new playground
NEW PLAYGROUND Work starts at Memorial Park

The old playground is gone, and the construction crew have moved in as work starts on the new play space at Memorial Park in Broadford.

The high-profile Memorial Park playground will soon feature a large structure with climbing and balancing challenges, multi-level platforms, two slides, a four-way rocker and triple swing.

The Memorial Park works are part of the Activation of Broadford Park and Play Spaces Project which also includes a nature playground at Wattle Street and Outdoor Fitness Equipment at Donaldson Drive. 

The project is possible thanks to $720,000 from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Gum trees in High St Broadford
TREE SAFETY WORKS New trees for High St, Broadford

Four large Sugar Gums in High Street, Broadford, that are structurally unsound and pose a significant risk to the community, will be replaced with Algerian Oaks later this month.

The three gums at the front of the Presbyterian Church and one sugar gum in the centre median strip have stood in High Street for decades but are now more susceptible to dropping big limbs causing damage to property and posing a potential risk to pedestrians.

Community safety is our priority, and while these trees have been a familiar sight for decades, they now pose a hazard and need to be replaced.


We’re about to kick off the final stage of road reconstruction works on Windham Street, Wallan. 

We’ll be working on the pavement at intersection of Windham St and King St and should be completed by the end of July, weather permitting.

People in the area are advised that there will be a speed reduction through the area to avoid prolonged closures. Bus routes will not be delayed and some small closures may apply.

In the case of a closure, signs will be installed to direct traffic on a detour – buses will not impacted.

Input wanted

We have consultations open that are featured below and would like to hear your views and ideas. We've featured some of these projects below:

> Draft Local Law Community and Environment 2021

> Draft King and Queen Street Wallan Masterplan

> Have your say about mobile and broadband connectivity

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 planned for Tuesday 20 July at Broadford Customer Library Service Centre and Seymour Customer and Library Service Centre. Keep an eye on the consultation page for new drop-in dates.

Come and chat to us at a drop-in session on Thursday 22 July

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

The local law helps Council address local issues to ensure community safety and wellbeing and to protect our public spaces for everyone to enjoy.

KING AND QUEEN ST Drop in and provide input

Our final Draft King and Queen St, Wallan, Masterplan drop-in session will still be held on Thursday, 22 July – COVID-19 permitting.

We’re still planning to host the event at 4a and 4b, 61 High St, Wallan, from 3pm until 6pm if restrictions allow us.

This drop-in may be cancelled or rescheduled if social distancing and travel restrictions are still in place.

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.

Have your say on mobile, broadband connections

Tthe Victorian Government is asking Victorians to help identify where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed to help guide priority projects for the $550 million Connecting Victoria program.

We know how important this is during emergencies like fires, floods and storms, and it’s something we’ve been advocating for over many years. Lockdowns and other COVID restrictions have also highlighted the importance of social connection and the impact of the digital divide on education and jobs.

You can help highlight blackspots in our local area by adding a marker pinpoint on an interactive map to show where you have experienced a problem with mobile coverage or internet access. Submissions close 20 September.

Have your say

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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:

  • Administration Officer
  • Landscape Surveillance Officer
  • Financial Accountant - Assets
  • Community Development Officer - Arts and Culture
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design Education and Compliance Officer
  • Health and Wellness Team Leader
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • Web Content Advisor
  • Leisure vacancies: Duty Manager; Lifeguard; Group Fitness Instructor; Swim Instructor

The next Council Meeting will be held online due to COVID restrictions on Monday 19 July at 7pm. You can watch the meeting live here.

Items on the agenda include:

  • Federal Election Campaign
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design for Council Buildings Policy
  • Adoption of Road Management Plan 2021
  • Planning permit application for demolition of a heritage building at 37 Sydney Street, Kilmore

You can see what else is on the agenda on the link below.

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