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words: welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, 19 February 2021
In this edition: Register for International Women's Day online brunch; have your say on future land use review; help shape our COVID-19 recovery; take care around schools; sign up for Clean Up Australia Day.
Pictured: third prize youth photo competition winner in the environment category – Louisa Jones.

Join us for an International Women’s Day online brunch from 9.30am on Tuesday 9 March with special guest presenter Angela (Anj) Barker OAM.

Anj’s story is an inspirational journey of survival. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019 in recognition of her continuing community work in anti-domestic violence advocacy having survived a violent attack by her ex-boyfriend.

We have partnered with local business the Wandong Collective to curate a collection of International Women’s Day gift boxes that can be pre-ordered and delivered to participants' homes.

Council Chamber sign out front of chambers.
QUARRY UPDATE Council refuses quarry application

Councillors unanimously refused an application for a quarry AT175 Northern Highway, Wallan, at Monday's Council meeting.

So much work has gone into planning future development in these areas.

A quarry will undermine all the good planning outcomes we’re trying to achieve in this area.

It will also compromise future liveability, growth, economic development and jobs, not to mention the impacts on quality of life through truck traffic, noise and vibration.

Girl playing netball
PARKING RULES Keeping our streets safe

Heavy or long vehicles over 4.5 tonne cannot be parked on roads in a built-up area for longer than one hour unless:

  • parking signs say that it is allowed, or
  • the driver is picking up or setting down goods.

These restrictions are in place to improve safety, as large vehicles can restrict traffic flow, create blind spots and have an amenity impact on residents.

If you think someone is regularly parking illegally go to "Report an Issue or Incident" on our website.

Two children picking up rubbish in park.
LET'S DO OUR BIT Sign up for Clean Up Australia Day

There’s not long left for you to get organised for Clean Up Australia Day, which will be held on 7 March.

If your community group, school or local business wants to register an event, we suggest you hop to it.

Get in now so your packs arrive in the mail in time.

Art supplies
FREE ART WORKSHOPS Don't miss ArtsAction series

The first of four ArtsACTION interactive Zoom workshops has sold out, but you can still register for the remaining three series. 

Thursdays 4-5.30pm | 25 Feb to1 Apr
Wednesdays 10.30-12pm | 21 Apr to 26 May
Thursdays 4-5.30pm | 22 Apr to 27 May
Places are limited, so make sure you register early to confirm your spot.

Mitchell Shire on the airwaves. Seymour FM Monday 22 February 10am and OKRFM Wednesday 24 February 10am
School children using a school crossing
SCHOOL SAFETY Take care around schools

School's back, so please obey school zone speed limits and parking restrictions to help keep our kids safe.

You can help keep school children and road users safe by:

  • walking to school where you can or dropping children off away from the busy school drop off areas
  • using the school crossings
  • leaving enough time to park and walk or to wait to access a drop off zone
  • parking legally

Fun fact: We operate 21 supervised crossings across the shire.

EXTRA SUPPORT Reaching out to those in need

The Victorian Government has partnered with local councils to deliver the Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) initiative.

If you know a business operator or a person in our community who might benefit from some extra support at the moment, please encourage them to reach out to our CASI support program.

The service provides direction and helps people who might be feeling alone or people who have lost their regular networks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To access streamlined support people can now phone the Victorian Government COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.

Input wanted on the following projects

Park naming Wallara Waters - Murrack Park

  • We're proposing to name a park in Wallara Waters, Wallan, "Murrack Park". Closes 9am 22 February.

Road renaming proposal

  • We're proposing to rename parts of Westwood Road and Kulin Drive within the Kingsgate Estate in Kilmore. Closes 9am, 15 March.

Victoria's 30-year infrastructure strategy

  • The Victorian Government is looking for input on a draft 30-year infrastructure strategy. Closes 29 March.
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RURAL LAND REVIEW Have your say on future land use

Council has prepared the Draft Rural Land and Activities Review and has begun the Landscape Assessment Study.

We’re seeking community input on the future of our rural land, small townships and landscape policy.

Drop-in sessions are being held in Clonbinane, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Tallarook and Tooborac.

Submissions and feedback are invited until 9am Monday 29 March.

SATISFACTION SURVEY Phone surveys underway

If you live in Mitchell Shire, you may receive a phone call from National Field Services for the annual Community Satisfaction Survey over the next few weeks.

Similar surveys will be undertaken across Victorian councils in the coming months. The survey asks people to rate the performance of Council across a number of service areas.

If you receive a call, please consider taking part. The information you provide helps us identify trends and improvement opportunities across the shire.

Group of people in online chat
ROAD TO RECOVERY Help shape our next steps

We're seeking input on our draft COVID-19 Recovery Plan with an impact analysis and priority areas to support activities and planning on community, organisations, local government and other wanting to contribute to the community's recovery.

Survey closes 9am Thursday 11 March.

Nurse giving young boy immunisation
FEEDBACK SOUGHT Immunisation services

We would appreciate your feedback on your experience with your local immunisation service. How was the information you were provided with and the availability of our services? Do you have any suggestions on how we can improve the service?

Survey closes 9am Monday 29 March.

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:

  • Resource Recovery Officer
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Governance Officer
  • Team Leader Governance
  • Duty Manager
  • Community Infrastructure Planning and Delivery Officer
  • Senior Development Engineer
  • Swim Instructors

Council meetings will return to the Broadford Council Chamber from Tuesday 9 March. You can also watch live on our website from 7pm.

The recording will be available for download the next day.

Next meetings:

  • Community Questions and Hearing Committee - Tuesday 9 March
  • Council Meeting - Monday 15 March

You can put questions and submissions to the Community Questions and Hearing Committee. Questions need to be submitted by Noon on Friday 5 March. 

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