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Welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews. 3 September 2021

In this edition: Celebrate Dads this Father's Day; COVID update; proposed quarry information session; Australia Day Community Award nominations open; have your say on the draft Harley Hammond Reserve master plan and the management of dogs and cats in Mitchell.

Picture: Wednesday 1 September was National Wattle Day. Nature is celebrating the start of Spring with sprays of yellow wattle flowers. 


Wishing all the dads out there a Happy Father's Day for Sunday.

If you missed Fiona's special Father's Day StoryTime on Wednesday, don't worry, can watch it on our website.

There's also a great craft activity to ensure your dad knows he's Number 1 in your eyes.

Our library hub has some fun craft activities to keep little ones entertained and educated. Activities are suited to school-age children and cover a variety of themes. New activities are uploaded regularly so don’t forget to check back.

Watch Fiona's Father's Day StoryTime
COVID-19 update
Hudson Park playground
PLAYGROUNDS OPEN Follow restrictions and check-in

While the news that the current lockdown would be extended wasn't the news anyone wanted to hear, the fact that playgrounds are now open again is a relief to many.

While this is great news, there are restrictions we all must follow when visiting playgrounds:

  • Open for children under 12 only
  • Must use QR check-in
  • Only one parent/carer can attend
  • Masks on at all times (which means no eating or drinking)

We hope to hear of further restrictions in coming weeks.

Support logo
REACH OUT FOR HELP Assistance available

If you need financial support or emergency relief because you are unable to work due to restrictions, or if you are self-isolating, help is available on the state government website.

If you or a loved one needs wellbeing or mental health support, help is available online, or phone:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
  • SANE: 1800 18 SANE (7263)
  • Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398

For young people and children:

  • Headspace/eheadspace: 1800 650 890
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
  • Orygen Digital: 1800 888 320
Have a question about the COVID-19 vaccine? Talk to a doctor

Vaccinations are available locally for anyone over the age of 16.

There's a lot of talk out there about the COVID-19 vaccine.

But when it comes to your health, the one talk you should have is with a doctor or pharmacist.

They can answer any questions you have and give you the information you need.

So, get informed and get vaccinated.

For more information, visit the website or call 1800 675 398.

Proposed Wallan Quarry Information Session. 6.30pm Thursday 9 September

Mitchell Shire Council will host an online community information session at 6.30pm on Thursday 9 September about a proposed stone extraction quarry at 175 Northern Highway, Wallan.

The application has been ‘called-in’ by the Minister for Planning who will be the decision-maker for the application. Mitchell Shire Council continues to oppose the application due to the impact it will have on our community and surrounds.

Due to COVID restrictions, we've changed out planned face-to-face meeting to an online session to share information about the quarry planning process and take you through the next steps of getting involved should you wish to do so.



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.

This year, the five categories are:
1. Access and Inclusion
2. Citizen of the Year
3. Young Citizen of the Year
4. Online or Community Event of the Year
5. Community Group of the Year

Nominations close 9am, 10 November.

2022 Mitchell Shire Community Awards

Watch this video to see last year's winners.

Educator and children
A BIG THANK YOU National Educators' Day

Wednesday was National Educators' Day. We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our Early Childhood Educators for their wonderful efforts in giving our young children the best start in life, this has been highlighted over the past 18 months.

We'd also like to give a big (COVID-safe) pat on the back to everyone who has supported our wonderful educators with home-schooling and remote-learning this year.

Sleeping baby
SETTLING SESSIONS Join us online for tips

If you're the parent of a baby or toddler who is having a tough time falling to sleep, we can help.

Our online sleep and settling sessions can give you the tools to help you get your baby off to a restful night's sleep. We will be having sessions for different age groups each month and you're welcome to join the closest age group that suits.

For session times or booking details, call the Central Booking Team on 5734 6253.

Input wanted

We have consultations open that are featured below and would like to hear your views and ideas. 

  • Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-2025 draft
  • Health and Wellbeing Plan draft
  • Harley Hammond master plan draft
  • Pyalong bus stop

Find out more about two of these projects below.

Cat and dog
PLAN FOR DOGS, CATS Have your say on draft DAMP

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.

cricket equipment
HARLEY HAMMOND Provide input on master plan

Harley Hammond Reserve is the recreational heart of Broadford, accommodating more than 616 junior and senior members across a variety of sports.

Despite major upgrades in recent years, many of the reserve's facilities are old and in need of renewal, and others need work to bring them up to contemporary standards.

We've put together a draft Harley Hammond Reserve master plan and would like your input.

Closes: 9am, Thursday 16 September.

oulines of people
PROVIDE INPUT Health and wellbeing priorities

Following extensive consultation earlier in the year, we’ve released a draft Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 for input.

The plan identified actions priorities, outlining our goals and key strategies that Council and its partners will deliver over the next four years under four areas:

  • Active and healthy
  • Informed and connected
  • Safe and respectful
  • Liveable and thriving

Closes: 9am, Tuesday 14 September.

Girl with mobile phone
PYALONG BUS STOP Provide input on proposed location

We've been working closely with the Pyalong school bus service to identify a preferred single bus stop location to streamline the stopping of buses to a single point in the town centre.

The location in High Street, near the Town Centre Park, has been identified as meeting the needs of the four school bus routes servicing Pyalong.

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:

  • Senior GIS Officer
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Project Manager – Civil Infrastructure
  • Project Manager – Buildings
  • Community Development and Youth Services Coordinator
  • Relief Early Childhood Educators and Teachers
  • SharePoint Administrator
  • Corporate Reporting Officer
  • School Crossing Supervisor Relievers
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS Upcoming schedule

Council Meetings are back online due to current restrictions. Keep an eye on our website and this newsletter to see when meetings are back in Council Chamber at 113 High Street, Broadford.

The next meetings will be held on:

  • Monday 13 September, Community Questions and Hearings Committee, 7pm
  • Monday 20 September, Council Meeting, 7pm

You can watch previous meetings online.

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