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In this edition: Council libraries, indoor pools and gyms now open; discover things to do locally this weekend; check out the new pedestrian bridge in Kilmore being built; sign up for a free Rethink Recycling session as part of National Recycling Week; register your new pets for half price; find out how to save on worm farms and compost bins.
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Child swimming

With COVID restrictions in regional Victoria continuing to ease, we have been able to re-open some more of our face-to-face services.

  • Libraries: Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan now open. 
  • Learn to Swim: Expressions of interest now open
  • Gyms: and group fitness Now open
  • Indoor pools: Open for lap swimming, recreational swimming, aqua classes and aqua play

Numbers are limited and bookings are essential. 

Works on Kilmore Bridge
KILMORE BRIDGE Pedestrian bridge taking shape

Did you get a glimpse of the action in Kilmore last week?

We installed two new pedestrian bridges on either side of the Northern Highway road bridge over Kilmore Creek. We've still got a bit to do before it's ready for use, but we're not far off.

Next on the list is some rock beaching and retaining works, safety fencing at the top of the bank, and then we'll landscape footpath linkages from the Clarke Street intersection to the new bridges, and to the Kilmore Caravan Park and Industrial Estate Service Lane.

If all goes to plan, the pedestrian bridges will be fully functional and in use by mid-December.
The $745,000 project is funded through the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Thanks to our contractor Brunton Engineering and Construction for sharing a video of the pedestrian bridge being installed.

New footpath on Wellington St in Wallan
WELLINGTON STREET Stage 1 of major works complete

The first stage of the transformation of Wellington Street, Wallan, is complete with drainage and footpath works on the west side finished.

Work is now underway on the east side of Wellington Street. The works to upgrade the road surface, build a new footpath and improve drainage began in September and are expected to be completed by January, weather permitting.

The work zone will be reduced to 40km/h both during construction and at night. While there may be some minor delays, traffic will still be able to move through the area.

The $1.1 million Wellington Street project is fully funded by Regional Development Victoria.

The project is part of the $4.1 million Wallan Town Heart project which also includes funding from Council and the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.


Is it time to rethink what you know about recycling?

To celebrate National Recycling Week (9-15 November) we've organised five free online Rethink Recycling sessions with the Rethink Waste Education Centre:

  • Tuesday 10 November, 7pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 11 November 10am-11am
  • Thursday 12 November, 4pm-5pm
  • Friday 13 November, 1pm-2pm
  • Saturday 14 November, 11am-12pm

The one-hour virtual sessions will allow you to see where your recycling goes and what becomes of it after it leaves your kerbside.

Putting cardboard in recycling bin

Learn the dos, the don'ts, the hows and the whys of recycling at our free online Rethink Recycling sessions.

Girl with a worm
START A WORM FARM Save up to 50 per cent on worm farms and compost bins this month

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at composting or setting up a worm farm, we’ve got a special offer for you.

For the month of November we’re offering a subsidy that covers up to half the price for compost bins and worm farms purchased through local retailers in Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan (capped at $30 per compost bin or $50 per worm farm).

Keeping worms in worm farms and feeding them your food waste is an excellent way to reduce the amount of organic material you place into your garbage bin. Worms produce a rich garden fertiliser that is great for your garden. 

Household chemicals
DETOX YOUR HOME Get rid of those unwanted household chemicals

You can safely dispose of toxic household chemicals, such as cleaning products, pool chemicals and weed killer at Sustainability Victoria's upcoming Detox Your Home event at Wallan Resource Recovery Centre on 28 November.

Registrations are essential and can be made online through the link below. This is a drive-through and contactless event, and is for household chemicals only (no paint, fluorescent lights or batteries are accepted).

The maximum acceptable weight or size for any single container is 20 kgs or 20 litres, and decanting isn’t permitted, so bring chemicals in disposable, clearly labelled containers. If you don’t know what’s inside, label the item as ‘unknown’.

People emptying trailer of rubbish
NEW OPENING TIMES Resource Recovery Centres have new operating hours

The Seymour and Broadford Resource Recovery Centres have new operating hours.

Broadford: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.
Seymour: Monday and Thursday from 10am-3pm and Saturday from 9am-noon
Hours are the same for Pyalong and Wallan.

Pyalong: Sunday from noon-4pm and Monday from 9am-1pm.
Wallan: Thursday-Tuesday from 10am-4pm
Remember to follow COVID-19 restrictions when visiting our Resource Recovery Centres.

Wallan Resource Recovery Centres is open on Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.

Carved pumpkins with masks covering their mouth
HALLOWEEN Stay safe from witches, ghosts and COVID-19 while trick or treating

Celebrating at home is the safest way to mark Halloween this year. If you do trick or treat, you need to stay safe.

While you're not able to knock on someone's door to trick or treat this year, the Victorian Government has prepared some information on alternative  ways to celebrate and some tips for those looking to put lollies outside their home.

Don’t use communal bowls for lollies.
Instead, put individually wrapped lollies in bags for non-contact collection. Place bags on your fence or front gate for collection.

We've also heard some locals are putting pumpkins in their windows or balloons out if they are taking part this year.

Adopt a new fur baby during COVID? Register your new pets for half price in November
ELECTION UPDATE Counting underway

Voting in the Mitchell Shire Council local election closed on 23 October and counting is underway.

Results will be published on the VEC website. All results are provisional until official declaration ceremonies are held.

At this stage, the VEC expects this will be sometime between Monday 2 November and Friday 13 November for Mitchell. 


We've had a slight amendment to the timetable for our newly elected Council's first meetings. The new dates are:

  • Statutory Meeting to swear in Councillors - Monday 16 November (subject to VEC declaring the results)
  • Community Questions and Hearings Committee - Monday 23 November
  • Council Meeting - Monday 30 November
Bike against wall
INPUT WANTED What is your cycling experience?

Whether you like to cruise through town, hit the trails, jump over a dirt mound or head to a skate park, we're calling on all bike enthusiasts to let us know what the cycling experience is like throughout Mitchell Shire.

What would make you cycle more? Council wants to get a handle on how the cycling experience can be boosted for both casual and seasoned riders in our community.

Tell us in our online survey.

Horse in paddock
PUBLIC HOLIDAY Melbourne Cup - what's open

Here's a short list of what Council services are open on the Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday 3 November.

  • Indoor pools and gyms - reduced hours
  • Kerbside bin collections - no change
  • Wallan Resource Recovery Centre 

Libraries closed, please note Seymour Customer and Library Service Centre is also closed on Monday. 

Are you taking an extra long weekend?

If you're looking for ideas on something different to do locally, we've got your covered. Take a look at our website, Instagram or Facebook or #discovermitchell. If you're out and about we'd love to see your photos, post with #discovermitchell

Two people enjoying the Goulburn River.
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