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words: welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, 19 March 2021
In this edition: Recreation spaces officially open in Kilmore; Wallan East Family and Children's Centre officially opens; say goodbye to library fines; doors officially open on Wallan Youth Hub; works start on Pyalong play space; free public transport for seniors.
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Cr Louise Bannister and son Hamish, Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and Cr Fiona Stevens at Ryans Creek Reserve.

Kilmore locals have one million reasons to check out Ryans Creek Reserve and enjoy the great outdoors.

Featuring play equipment, basketball half-court, picnic areas, barbecue, connecting pathways and solar lighting, the Ryan’s Creek Reserve upgrade was officially opened by Member for Northern Victoria the Hon. Jaclyn Symes (pictured with Cr Louise Bannister and son Hamish, Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Cr Fiona Stevens) on Friday 12 March.

The stage 1 activation was made possible through a $1 million grant from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green in the sand pit Wallan East Family and Children's Centre.
NURTURING YOUNG Early learning centre opens

More than 60 children have started their early learning journey at the new Wallan East Family and Children’s Centre.

Funded by the Victorian Government and Mitchell Shire Council, the $2.4 million centre was officially opened by Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson on Friday 12 March.

The centre includes a kindergarten operated by Kids First, as well as Council’s maternal and child health and immunisation services.

Library staff walking through library.
NO MORE FINES We're getting rid of library fines

Have you got on old library book hiding in your bookshelf that you’ve forgotten to return? Or maybe, you’re concerned about receiving a fine.

Good news!

Mitchell Shire Library Service is removing fines for all overdue items, including overdue fines already on your library card.

To help assist library members to return items in a timely manner, borrowers will receive extra reminders when items are due to be returned.

Youth Development Officer Tara Kinsey, The Bridge Youth Service CEO Melinda Lawley, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, Mayor Rhonda Sanderson, Youth Mayor Thomas Starkey, Youth Development Officer Kaylee Wellington at the opening of the Wallan Youth Services Hub.
Doors open on Youth Services Hub

Wallan’s very own Youth Hub was officially opened by Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson on Friday 12 March.

The former Wellington Street kindergarten building has been transformed into a 
$1.74 million one-stop-shop of youth support provided by The Bridge Youth Service. Council made an in-kind contribution of $1.09 million to the project, the State Government contributed $645,789 through the Growing Suburbs Fund.
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Pictured: Youth Development Officer Tara, The Bridge Youth Service CEO Melinda Lawley, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, Mayor Rhonda Sanderson, Youth Mayor Thomas Starkey, Youth Development Officer Kaylee.

Member for Northern Victoria the Hon. Jaclyn Symes, Mayor Cr Rhond Sanderson and members of Wallan-Wandong Lions Cub at the opening of the fitness equipment in Hudson Park.
HEALTHY SUBURBS New outdoor fitness equipment

Hudson Park, Kilmore, now has its own outdoor fitness equipment for casual community use.

The fitness pods were officially opened by Member for Northern Victoria the Hon. Jaclyn Symes (pictured with Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and members of Wallan-Wandong Lions Cub) in Hudson Park on Friday 12 March.

The project was made possible through a Victorian Government grant of $142,000 through the Growing Suburbs Fund, a $25,000 contribution from the Wallan-Wandong Lions Club and a Council contribution of $29,000.

Digger working in park.
PLAY SPACE ON WAY Works start in Pyalong

Pump up your basketballs and dust off your trainers, families in Pyalong will soon have an exciting new play space to explore right in the heart of the town.

Work on the Pyalong Social Family Recreation Space at Town Centre Park is set to start next week and will be ready for use in May 2021, weather permitting.

The $120,000 fully Council-funded project is designed as a place to bring people together to socialise and to be active. The plans for the Pyalong Social Family Recreation Space were finalised following community input in 2019 and 2020.

New grass at Broadford Sporting Precinct.
KICKING GOALS Football facilities upgrade

Our football facilities upgrade is kicking goals as the growth period for the site’s new grass enters week two of 12 weeks.

The $522,000 allocated towards a soccer pitch upgrade, a new coaches’ box and an interchange for the Broadford Sporting Precinct is thanks to Victorian Government funding announced in September of last year.

Sport and Recreation Victoria got the ball rolling with $348,000 for the project through the World Game Facilities Fund. Mitchell Shire Council provided $174,000.

New footpath in Melbourne St, Kilmore.
NEW FOOTPATH Melbourne Street, Kilmore

We’re working on a new footpath along Melbourne Street, between Union and Burke streets, in Kilmore.

The $126,000 project to improve footpath infrastructure as part of Council’s annual Missing Links Footpath Program.

Reduced speed limits are in place and detour along Church Street. 

Mitchell Shire on the airwaves. Our next monthly radio show is just around the corner. Catch us on: OKRFM on Monday 29 March at 9.30am, Seymour FM on Wednesday 31 March at 10am
Girl colouring in
CELEBRATE DIVERSITY Win $150 in colouring competition

Mitchell Shire Council and its staff are celebrating Harmony Week alongside the community this year with a colouring in competition.

Return your entry in the mail or at your local Mitchell Shire library. No postage stamp is required. Entries must be received by midnight on Friday 2 April 2021 to be in the draw.

You can pick up a copy from one of our libraries or download below.

The winning entry will receive a collection of children’s picture books that celebrate culture and diversity from a local Mitchell Shire business. Prize is valued at $150.

SATISFACTION SURVEY Help us identify trends

If you live in Mitchell Shire, you may receive a phone call from National Field Services for the annual Community Satisfaction Survey over the next few weeks.

Similar surveys will be undertaken across Victorian councils in the coming months. The survey asks people to assess the performance of Council across a number of service areas. The information helps identify trends and improvement opportunities. If you receive a call, please consider taking part.

We’ve also got a special question to help the upcoming Community Vision.

Train at station.
ENJOY FREE TRAVEL Free public transport 21-28 March

Senior Victorians and Carer Card holders are being encouraged to get back out there and enjoy Victoria with 8 days of free public transport from 21 to 28 March 2021.

The free public transport week is happening in March after the October Seniors Festival free travel was pushed back from 2020.

The free travel includes Melbourne trains, buses, trams, and regional V/Line trains. Cardholders will need to carry their myki and Seniors card or Carer card and touch on and off as usual.

Reservations are not required on trains to and from all other destinations including Seymour, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Traralgon.

Two people sorting recycling
VIRTUAL WASTE TOUR Join the free online session

It’s time to rethink your recycling.

Take a virtual tour of a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) so you can see for yourself how your recycling is separated into material types ready to make new products.

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

The free online session is on 24 March from 10am to 11.15am.

Another tour will be held on 3 June from 7pm to 8.15pm.


With COVID-19 restrictions easing we're seeing the return of some great local events.


Promote your event in our Events Calendar — no event is too big or too small to appear.

Sheepdog rounding up sheep.

Get along to the working sheepdog trials in Seymour next weekend.

Input wanted on the following projects
  • Broadford Precinct Public Safety Initiatives
  • Rural Land and Activities Review and Landscape Assessment Study
  • Road renaming - part of Westwood Road and Kulin Drive in Kilmore
  • Immunisation services - We would appreciate your feedback on your experience with your local immunisation service.

​We've featured two of the projects below.

Rural landscape
RURAL LAND REVIEW Shape the future of our 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.

Security camera
PUBLIC SAFETY Last days to have your say

We're looking for input on the public safety infrastructure in Broadford.

Two years ago, you told us installing CCTV (cameras) and lighting would help you feel safer in the Broadford Community Precinct and reduce levels of graffiti, vandalism, anti-social behaviour and crime.

Now the CCTV and lighting towers have been installed, we want to know if you think the project has increased feelings of safety.

Submissions close 9am, Monday 22 March.

2050 Your Vision. Coming Soon. Are you ready. Keep an eye on how you can get involved.
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:

  • School Crossing Supervisors
  • Landscape Technical Officer
  • Project Manager - Buildings
  • Project Manager - Civic Infrastructure
  • Resource Recovery Centre Operator
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS Upcoming schedule

Council meetings are held the Broadford Council Chamber.

You can also watch live on our website from 7pm.

Next meetings:

  • Council Meeting - Monday 29 March (This is a special Council Meeting, to consider the draft budget, Revenue and Rating Plan.)
  • Community Questions and Hearings Committee - Monday April 12
  • Council Meeting - Monday April 19
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