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Special edition eNews: COVID-19 update. 27 May 2021

In this edition: What's open and what's not; who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination; local support services; National Reconciliation Week; colouring competition for World Environment Day; join our Youth Council.


From 11.59pm tonight (Thursday 27 May) until 11.59pm on Thursday 3 June, we will enter 7-days of circuit breaker restrictions. To help tackle the spread of COVID-19, 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 closed. Building and planner counter closed
  • Libraries
  • Leisure Centres
  • Community centres, halls and sporting facilities 
  • Youth rooms
  • Visitor Information Centre


  • Kindergartens
  • Libraries for click and collect and eResources
  • School crossings
  • Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment
  • Resource Recovery Centres: open for residents without a kerbside collection service only (ID required)
  • Maternal and Child Health: only for newborns and at-risk babies and children
  • Immunisation clinics

There are only five reasons to leave your home:

  1. Shopping for the things you need
  2. Care and caregiving
  3. Exercise, for two hours with one other person
  4. Work if it is essential
  5. 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.

Lady getting vaccinated.
VACCINATION OPTIONS Vaccine available for over 40s

Anyone Victorians over the age of 40 can is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. From tomorrow, Friday 28 May, more than half of all Victorians will be eligible to receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines – helping protect themselves, their loved ones and our whole community.

Victorians aged 40-49 years will be able to access to the Pfizer vaccine at state run vaccination sites. Bookings can be made via the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Victorians aged 50 years and over will continue to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, either through a state-run vaccination centre or a participating GP clinic. While many vaccination centres are accepting walk-in appointments for people aged 50 years and over, bookings via the 1800 675 398 hotline are preferred.

Person on a headset
SUPPORT SERVICES We're here to help

We've partnered with BeyondHousing, 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.

Reconciliation Takes Action 2021
National Reconciliation Week

Each year National Reconciliation Week is held from 27 May to 3 June, following National Sorry Day. This year’s theme “More Than A Word. Reconciliation Takes Action” urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.

All Australians have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

 At Mitchell Shire, we acknowledge the Taungurung and Wurundjeri people as Traditional Owners and continue to work towards Reconciliation through our Social Justice Framework.

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week

Support World Environment Day 2021. Enter the colouring competition for your chance to win this beautifully illustrated educational children's book.
Girl at kindergarten
EARLY LEARNING Kinder applications close 1 June

Kindergarten locations:

  • Creating Futures Kindergarten, Wallan
  • Flowerdale Kindergarten
  • Greater Beveridge Kindergarten
  • Marie Williams Kindergarten, Kilmore
  • Mt Piper Kindergarten, Broadford
  • Pyalong Kindergarten
  • Seymour Family and Children's Centre
  • Seymour Preschool Centre
  • Wallan East Family and Children's Centre
  • Wallan Kindergarten
  • Wandong Kindergarten

Applications for the first round of kindergarten places are closing soon so get in quick.

Workers at a recycling plant
RETHINK RECYCLING Virtual tour Wednesday 2 June

We’ve updated some of the dates for this special event where you go on a virtual tour of a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), so you can see for yourself how your recycling is separated into material types ready for reprocessing.

Then, you can ask the experts any burning recycling questions you may have.

The free online session is on Wednesday 2 June and again on Tuesday 8 June.

Youth Council seeks future leaders. Apply now
Input wanted

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Historic Cultural Heritage and Living Cultures Policy draft: We're presenting this document for input before we consider the policy for adoption. Submissions close 9am Thursday 1 July.

Draft King and Queen Street Masterplan: We're calling on a second round of submissions for the Draft King and Queen Street Masterplan, Wallan, to inform all submitters and those might still like to make a submission but want to find out more. Survey closes 9am Monday 7 June.

Road renaming proposal - Parker Court Seymour: We're proposing to rename Parker Court in Seymour to Parker Drive. Parker Court will become a 'through road' and will no longer meet the definition of a 'court'. Survey closes 9am M

We have several other consultations open featured below and would like to hear your views and ideas. Please take the time to fill out some of the surveys and help shape the future of our community.

Dog and cat
PLAN FOR CATS, DOGS Responsible pet ownership

We're developing a new Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) and we want to know how you think we can better manage dogs and cats in our shire.

The DAMP aims to promote responsible pet ownership within the community and covers everything from minimising dog attacks to encouraging people to register and microchip cats and dogs.

Domestic Animal Management Plans are legislated and must be developed and renewed every four years by all Councils across Victoria

Survey closes 9am Monday 7 June.

Rural landscape
RURAL LAND REVIEW Shape the future of rural areas

Community ideas and submissions on two draft plans will help inform future planning decisions in Mitchell Shire’s small towns and rural areas.

Council is seeking submissions on both the draft Rural Land Activities Review and Landscape Assessment Study.
We've had drop-in sessions in Clonbinane, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Tallarook and Tooborac.

Submissions and feedback are invited until 9am, Friday 11 June.

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:

  • Duty Manager
  • Administration Officer - Operations and Parks
  • Administration Support Officers
  • School Crossing Supervisor Relievers
  • Swim Instructors

Council meetings are held at the Broadford Council Chamber at 7pm. Members of the public are invited to attend.

June meetings:

  • Tuesday 15 June: Community Questions and Hearings Committee
  • Monday 28 June: Council Meeting

You can watch previous meetings online.

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