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In this edition: our pools and gyms are re-opening; we take a stand against violence with the 16 Days of Activism; the CFA Fire Danger Period to start; Kilmore Bypass a step closer; last chance to save on pet registration.
Pictured above: The splash park at Community Bank ® Adventure Playground, in Hadfield Park, Wallan, opens on Friday for the summer season.

We are once again standing united alongside our community for the 16 Days of Activism against violence in all forms regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.

The theme for the 2020 campaign is Respect Is… It's a positive message that aims to support Victorian communities to engage in conversations about respect. What respect means to us, what respect looks like and how to put respect into practice, especially in the context of gender equality.

Burning some sticks
FIRE DANGER PERIOD Time to review your fire plan

With the fire danger period beginning on Monday 7 December, Mitchell Shire Council is stepping up its fire safety programs.

Council has completed the roadside spraying program and has begun property inspections in high-risk areas, is issuing fire prevention notices and has started roadside slashing.

Residents are also reminded to stay vigilant and keep their properties fire ready during summer.

Cup of tea and a piece of cake
BE EMERGENCY READY Get your emergency household plan sorted with Redi-Plan sessions

Residents can take part in two online sessions to help prepare a practical household plan for natural disasters and other emergencies.

Council and Red Cross have partnered to deliver the online Redi-Plan sessions at 6.30pm on Tuesday 1 December and 10am on Tuesday 8 December.

These sessions are part of the Safer Together program funded by the Victorian Government’s Strengthening Community Partnerships for Bushfire Management with Local Government funding stream.


It's all happening for Mitchell Shire Leisure Services at the moment. Here's a little recap of where we're at:

  • Splash park opens 10am on Friday 27 November;
  • Outdoor pools open on Saturday 5 December
  • Indoor pools are open (bookings not required)
  • Learn to Swim classes have returned (contact centre to enrol)
  • Gyms have reopened (bookings not required)
  • Group fitness is back
  • Aqua Aerobics classes are on (bookings essential)

We look forward to seeing everyone back enjoying our leisure facilities.

Gym bag and runners

Our gyms are open and group fitness is back.

NEW ARTS PROGRAM Upskilling for creatives

We're launching 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 with other professionals across Mitchell and beyond. The program launches on 1 December and runs until June with a six-part resource pack, online workshops and networking opportunities.

Group of young children standing together
FREE KINDERGARTEN State funds 4-year-old program

We're excited to announce that our 4-year-old kindergarten program will be FREE for families next year, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government.

The investment will save families about $2000 for each child enrolled in a participating kindergarten program in 2021.

A dragon fly sitting on a flower

There’s no better time than now to make a #NaturePact and get your daily nature dose. For the month of November, Mitchell Shire and the People and Parks Foundation are encouraging people to get outside for 30 minutes every day to enjoy nature. Sign up and make your #NaturePact. Image © Alison Pouliot

A series of different faces
EVERYDAY HEROES Nominations now open for Mitchell Shire Community Awards

In a year like no other, the Mitchell Shire community has shown it is truly strong and resilient as Everyday Heroes have risen above and beyond the challenges of 2020.

The Mitchell Shire Community Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be presented during the 2021 Australia Day celebrations which will be hosted by Wallan Neighbourhood House, subject to COVID-19 guidelines.

Mayor and Deputy Mayor at site of new roundabout
BYPASS A STEP CLOSER State funds roundabout works

Council is continuing to advocate for large scale projects to ease the pressure on our roads.

Mitchell Shire is delighted to hear the State Government has committed to a new roundabout at the intersection of the Northern Highway and Wandong Road, near Kilmore.

The State Government’s announcement of the $12 million project lays the foundation for a future Kilmore Bypass route.

Input wanted on the following projects

Renaming Foote Street: We’re proposing to rename part of Foote Street, Kilmore, to Kilmore Lancefield Road, Kilmore.

Cycling survey: What would make you cycle more? We want to know what would get you cycling more often in Mitchell Shire.

Taylors Creek Shared Path: Have your say on the proposed design of the shared pathway along Taylors Creek, Wallan.

Girl with a worm
START A WORM FARM Time is running out to get your worm farm and compost subsidy

If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at composting or setting up a worm farm, make of most of this special.

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).

Household chemicals
DETOX YOUR HOME Don't miss chance to get rid of unwanted chemicals

You can safely dispose of toxic household chemicals at Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home event at Wallan Resource Recovery Centre on Saturday 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).

Adopt a new fur baby during COVID? Register your new pets for half price in November
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:

  • Waste Management Coordinator
  • Management Accountant
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
COUNCIL MEETINGS Upcoming schedule

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. Next meetings:

  • Council Meeting - Monday 30 November
  • Community Questions and Hearings Committee - Monday 7 December
  • Council Meeting - Monday 14 December
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