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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, June 2019
In this edition
Council to appeal a decision to allow 20 extra poker machines in Wallan; a new men's shed for Broadford; Youth Council nominations closing soon; why you should register your pet with Council; and make the most of our leisure centres this winter.
New shed officially opened

The men of Broadford now have their very own space to come together, socialise and build on trade skills, with a new Men's Shed now officially open.

The group's old facility was located in a small garage and there was only 10 members with little room for any more, but this new facility will allow for an increase in membership, participation from schools and community groups and it will be located centrally in town.

People at the new Broadford Mens Shed cutting ribbon for the official opening
Youth Council members
JOIN YOUTH COUNCIL Applications close 4 July

If you're aged between 13 and 24 and want to have a say on important issues and the future of our community, then the Youth Council might be for you.

Our current team of Youth Council members have been heavily involved in many decisions that Mitchell Shire Councillors make on youth topics and the future of the municipality.

We'd love some fresh faces and fresh ideas brought to the table.

Youth Council members attend fortnightly meetings, events and functions, leadership and development excursions and a leadership camp.

pokie machines
POKIES APPEAL Council to go to VCAT

Mitchell Shire Council will appeal the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) decision to approve an extra 20 poker machines at Hogan’s Hotel in Wallan.

Council held a special confidential meeting on Tuesday night and is now preparing to lodge an appeal with VCAT.

If a review at VCAT occurs, the Tribunal will reconsider all evidence and submissions to make its own decision on the merits of the application.

Council is concerned about the negative effects of gambling harm in our community, particularly in a growth area with areas of significant social disadvantage.


We've got a host of activities lined up to cure the school holiday boredom.

With the July holidays just around the corner, we’ve put together some great activities across the shire to keep your little (and big!) ones busy.

Take a look at our events list and see what activities your kids might like to join.

Spots at most of the events are limited and require you to book, so make sure you check the event details closely.

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Whether it's Lego craft, Kemizo Skating and Laser Tag, a pool inflatable party, indoor games or even slime making, we've got something for everyone these school holidays.

town signage
NEW SIGNAGE Town welcome signs updated

Quite a few of the existing town entrance signs were old and run down and needed replacing, so we took the opportunity to refresh the design and replace all of our town's signage, which was more cost-effective than replacing damaged signs on an as-needed basis.

Creating refreshing town entrances is a good way to encourage community pride and provides a nice welcome for visitors as well.

The old signs will be recycled in to scrap metal, and the sign posts will be re-used (where possible).

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KEEPING IT CLEAN Civic presentation team in action

We are putting a great deal of effort into improving the look and feel of the main thoroughfares in our townships with a special Civic Presentation Team removing mess, litter and graffiti as quickly as possible.

They've been busy cleaning surfaces and street furniture, removing graffiti, collecting loose rubbish in main streets and cleaning up bus shelters.

We're doing our bit to keep things looking good. You can help too by making sure you use rubbish bins or take your rubbish with you. You can also help by reporting items like graffiti or rubbish that need attention so we can attend to them quickly.


Cat and dog registration renewals were due in April, and our Local Laws team is now door-knocking those who haven’t yet renewed.

We're also conducting inspections on other properties where there may be signs of pets, but no corresponding registration.

Across Victoria, all dogs and cats over three months old are required to be registered and microchipped. Those who have not renewed their registration or do not register their animals can face fines of more than $300.

Libraries Change Lives

Did you know that Mitchell Shire libraries are free to join, boast free wi-fi, and members can access books, magazines, audio books, DVDs and e-resources? There's also a range of free activities including weekly children's programs, school holiday programs, Robotics and Author Talks.

Libraries can have a powerful impact on people's lives, and we'd love to hear how one of our libraries has impacted your life, so tell us your story.

Graphic of smiling girl with words I need free wifi to get my homework done. When 1 in 8 Victorian households don't have an internet. Libraries change lives.
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Personal trainer helping man with weight training
SPECIAL OFFER Sign up in June for 1 month free

It's Men's Health Week this week, and we thought we'd throw our support behind the initiative with a special offer at our leisure centres.

Sign up in June and get your first month FREE! That's right, we're offering everyone their first month of membership free when they join Kilmore Leisure Centre or Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre this month.

So if you ever needed a little extra motivation to be active this winter, this is it.

Head down to your local leisure centre and see how we can help you reach your health and wellbeing goals.

Group of people doing yoga
CELEBRATE YOGA DAY International Day of Yoga: 21 June

Did you know that International Day of Yoga is coming up on 21 June?

And, did you also know that we offer Yoga classes at both our Seymour and Kilmore leisure centres?

Yoga incorporates controlled breathing, meditation, and a variety of postures and poses to promote health, relaxation, flexibility, balance and strength. Why not give it a go?

We also offer a range of other group fitness classes every day of the week, including Body Pump, Spin, Bootcamp, Seniors Programs, Teen Programs, Aqua Aerobics and more.

Drop-ins today and tomorrow

We've received funding through the Victorian Government's Growing Suburbs Fund to give two of Wallan's parks a bit of a makeover. We're upgrading Danaher Reserve with some new play equipment and a half-court basketball area. We've also got a half-court basketball area planned for Botanical Avenue Reserve.

Before we go ahead with more detailed plans, we want to hear from you to get your ideas. Fill out the online survey via the links below, or come along to the drop-in session to have a chat:

  • Botanical Avenue Reserve: 4.30pm to 5.30pm today (Tuesday), at the reserve.
  • Danaher Reserve: 4.30pm to 5.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday) at the reserve.

In the event of wet weather, you can catch us at the Wallan Customer and Library Service Centre at Wellington Square.

Engaging Mitchell
council chamber
COUNCIL MEETING Join us on Monday at 7pm

Our next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday 24 June at 7pm.

We encourage all residents to come along, see your Councillors in action and witness decisions made firsthand. There's plenty to discuss this month, and you'll be able to see the full agenda online later this week.

Council meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7pm at the Broadford Council Chamber (113 High Street).

ON THE AIRWAVES Tune in for the latest news

We're back on the airwaves soon for our monthly radio program.

You can catch us on:

  • OKR FM: 98.3FM, or 97.1FM in Wallan, Monday 24 June, 10am to 11am
  • Seymour FM: 103.9FM, Thursday 27 June, 9am to 10am.

Listen in live through your FM radio, or tune in to hear us online.

Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street Broadford, Vic 3658
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