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Members of the Broadford Men's Shed.

In this edition: We say thanks to our volunteers and launch a new website; road works continue in Wallan; fuel reduction works in Wandong; we raise a flag for IDAHOBIT; Youth Council applications open.

Picture: Members of the Broadford Men's Shed. Click here to find out what they do and how to join. 


This week is National Volunteer Week and we would like to extend a special thank you to the many volunteers who work so tirelessly across our shire.

They give so much, and we are so grateful for everything they do to make our community the great place that it is.

Emerging from last year’s lockdowns, volunteer groups across Mitchell have sprung into action however, many have reported a shortage of new volunteers to replace those retiring.

With support from the Victorian Government, we've launched a one-stop-shop website to help potential volunteers find local opportunities.

Footpath closed sign and roadworks
WORKS CONTINUE Windham Street, Wallan

The stage one works at Windham Street, between William and King streets, Wallan, continue to progress.

Construction crews will move to the road edges early next week as most of the new drainage for the road has been built. New footpaths are under construction to create a safer, more connected Windham Street for those walking or riding through Wallan.

The work zone is reduced to 40km during construction. The north-bound lane is closed with a detour along Bentinck Street.

The transformation is to support safer movement through the area as part of Council’s $620,000 capital works.

Contractors working on roadside
REDUCING FUEL LOADS Rail Street, Wandong

We’ve been working closely with ARTC and VLine to reduce fuel loads along the rail corridor between Heathcote Junction and Wandong.

The most recent works included the removal of noxious weeds, identified dangerous trees and selected vegetation. These works were completed on Wednesday 12 May.

 As a result, the fuel loads have been reduced significantly and where trees or branches were removed, hollows were put in to keep an environmental balance.

Council would like to thank Safer Together for funding this important project.

Mayor raises rainbow flag
Support for IDAHOBIT

Monday 17 May was International Day against Homophobia, Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

To mark IDAHOBIT, Council raised a Rainbow Pride Flag at the Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre. Community members joined us for a short ceremony and free coffee with some our local GLLOs (Victoria Police lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer liaison officers).

Support World Environment Day 2021. Enter the colouring competition for your chance to win this beautifully illustrated educational children's book.
Clothes swap a huge success

Fashionistas and bargain hunters flocked to our Youth Council's clothes swap event last weekend, with many leaving with arms full of thrifted pieces.

If you couldn't make it, we have good news – we have plenty of clothes left over. Pop into the Wallan Youth room on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.30-5pm to pick up some FREE clothes for you and your family. We will be running our Youth Room op shop until 16 June so get in quick.

Youth Council seeks future leaders. Apply now
Young 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 frist round of kindergarten places are closing soon so get in quick.

Teenager and senior
SENIORS' NEWSLETTER June edition out soon

Sign up to our positive ageing newsletter and keep up to date on what's happening around Mitchell for seniors.

The June - July edition is packed with information about upcoming workshops, what's on offer for the Victorian Seniors Festival, celebrating volunteers and a delicious recipe.


Saturday 22 May: Rock and Roll Fundraiser, Kilmore Soldiers Memorial Hall, 8pm

Friday 28 May: DIY Erosion Management Techniques, Hilldene, 10am-12.30pm

Saturday 29 May: Paddock Trees: Prime Real Estate, Broadford, 10am-12.30pm

Thursday 3 June: Rethink Recycling – a virtual tour, 7pm

Bookings are required for some events. Please check links for details.

Promote your event in our Event Calendar. No event is too big or too small to appear.

Rainbow Flag

Let your hair down at the Rock and Roll Fundraiser at Kilmore Solders Memorial Hall on Saturday night.

Input wanted

Councillor Allowances: We're required to review allowances for Councillors and Mayors after each election. The review is complete, and we are now seeking input from community. Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 27 May.

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.

Dogs and cats
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.

Laptop and planning papers
KING AND QUEEN ST Drop-in sessions next week

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.

Join us at a face to face drop in session to discuss the changes:

  • Thursday 27 May 2021: 4-7pm at Wallan Multi-Purpose Centre, Hadfield Park (42-80 Bentinck Street, Wallan VIC 3756)
  • Wednesday 2 June 2021: 3-6pm at Council Planning and Building Office (Level 1, 61 High Street, Wallan)

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.

Blank street sign
ROAD RENAMING Parker Court, Seymour

We're proposing to rename Parker Court in Seymour to Parker Drive.

This change has been proposed in recognition of the change in the way Parker Court will be able to be accessed once new developments in the area are completed. Parker Court will become a 'through road' and will no longer meet the definition of a 'court'.

Updating the name to Parker Drive will ensure that there is no confusion to people who are trying to locate properties on this section of road.

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:

  • Project Manager - Capital Works
  • Duty Manager
  • Administration Support Officers
  • Maintenance Worker
  • 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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