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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 17 September 2021

In this edition: COVID update; nominate someone for a community award; public holiday services; online citizenship ceremony; prepare for asthma and hay fever. Plus, we've got some great activities to keep the kids entertained these school holidays – scroll down for details.

COVID-19 update

With positive cases of COVID-19 and exposure sites in our shire, it's more important than ever that we follow the health advice, wear a mask when you leave home, practice social distancing, get tested at the first sign of symptoms and get vaccinated when it's your turn.

EXPOSURE SITES Keep up to date

More positive COVID-19 cases have been detected in our community, and the following sites have been listed as TIER 2 Exposure sites in Broadford, Kilmore and Seymour:

  • Broadford Post Office: 10 September, 10.30am to 11.05am
  • Kmart, Seymour: 12 September, 2.40pm to 3.40pm
  • Woolworths, Kilmore; 12 September; 4.50pm to 5.25pm
  • Coles, Kilmore: 12 September, 4.40pm to 5.25pm

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the coronavirus website.

VACCINATION UPDATE Get informed, get vaccinated

Anyone over the age of 12 is now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine.

It is great to see so many people in Mitchell roll up their sleeves, but we need to get those numbers even higher.

If you are eligible to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so.

  • Do it for yourself.
  • Do it for your family.
  • Do it for the community.

For more information or to book your vaccine, call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.


We may be heading into another school holidays with restrictions on activities and socialising, but we've managed to come up with some great activities to keep the kids entertained.

  • Stay connected with online activities: if you’re aged 12 to 24, join the Youth Services Team online for regular quizzes, games, and activities, and there's even a yoga session.
  • Learn all about recycling: join the Kids Rethink Recycling online presentation from 10am, on Thursday 30 September, where children will learn what happens to their recycling.
  • Get creative with arts and crafts: children aged 3 to 5 can get sticky with a honeybee activity, while those aged 7 to 14 can test their problem-solving skills in a gravity challenge. Grab an activity pack from your local library.
Mt Piper
PLAN FOR BROADFORD Councillors hear from community

Councillors heard submissions from community members on the draft Broadford Structure Plan in a special Questions and Hearings Committee recently.

Following the first round of consultation on the plan in 2020, Council’s Planners reviewed the document and made proposed changes to the overall direction.

The draft plan will be put forward to Councillors at an Ordinary Council Meeting for discussion in the future.

2021 Citizen of the Year, John Simpson
COMMUNITY AWARDS Nominations now open

Do you know someone who deserves community recognition for their community contributions or want to celebrate achievements from some of our local groups and organisations?

Our Australia Day committee is calling for Australia Day Community Award nominations ahead of the 2022 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

We know it has been quite difficult for community groups to meet or host events, so part of our celebrations will be highlighting the innovation and passion involved in online events or whatever your group got up to.

Nominations close 9am, 10 November.


A number of Council services will be closed or have reduced hours for the AFL Grand Final public holiday on Friday 24 September.

  • Kerbside bin collection - no change
  • Resource Recovery Centres - Broadford open 10am-4pm; Pyalong closed; Seymour closed; Wallan open 10am-4pm
  • Council Offices and Customer and Library Service Centres - closed
  • Visitor Information Centre, Seymour - closed

Our 24/7 after hours emergency service operates on public holidays and after hours for lost pets, contained dog pick-ups and urgent hazards such as trees on road or livestock on road. To access these services, please call 5734 6200. For non-urgent hazards, please Report It online.


There is no change to kerbside bin collection for the AFL Grand Final public holiday on Friday 24 September.

Council offices
WELCOME TO SHIRE Online citizenship ceremony

We recently welcomed 22 new citizens to Mitchell Shire via our first online citizenship ceremony.

The group ranged in age from five to 85 with people from Nigeria, UK, India, Britain, Belarus, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Columbia, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

All citizens will receive a commemorative citizenship coin as congratulations. They will receive their certificates directly from Department of Home Affairs within the next few weeks.

Pollen graphic
POLLEN SEASON Prepare for asthma, hay fever

Grass pollen season brings an increase in asthma and hay fever. During the season, a high grass pollen count and a certain type of thunderstorm can also trigger thunderstorm asthma.

For people with asthma or hay fever, especially those who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever, thunderstorm asthma can be sudden, serious and even life threatening.

In Victoria, the grass pollen season runs from October through December. Take action to prepare and protect yourself and people in your care this grass pollen season.

Input wanted

We have consultations open and would like to hear your views and ideas. 

  • Draft Wallan Station Street Masterplan and Infrastructure Framework
  • Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 draft
Cat and dog
PLAN FOR DOGS, CATS Last days to have your say

Following a community survey and stakeholder consultation earlier this year, we've developed a draft Domestic Animal Management Plan for 2021-2025.

Before the draft plan is finalised, we would like input from the community to ensure that the plan reflects the community’s expectations in relation to improving dog and cat management across Mitchell Shire.

Closes: 9am, Monday 20 September.

Town plans
PLANS FOR WALLAN Have your say on Station Street

We're calling on submissions for our draft Wallan Station Street Masterplan and Infrastructure Framework.

Last year, we prepared a concept design for the Railway Station area to begin our advocacy work. 

The main purpose of this initial consultation is to test the ideas and vision that we have in the current draft document and to encourage you to think about the future development of the precinct and how we can collectively deliver on the vision.

Closes: 9am, Friday 8 October

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:

  • Statutory Planner
  • Property Officer
  • Seasonal Pool Lifeguards
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS Upcoming schedule

The next Council Meeting will be held online on Monday 20 September at 7pm. 

Items on the agenda include:

  • Draft Council Plan 
  • Draft Annual Report 
  • Australia Day Host Town 2022
  • Renaming of Ridd Court Seymour

Watch the meeting live online.

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