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words: welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, 26 March 2021
In this edition: school holiday activities; Easter opening hours; switch off for Earth Hour; pet registrations due; Windham St road works to start; end of fire danger period; rail trail receives $1.2m for art installations and signage project.
Picture: Help us keep your fur babies safe by ensuring registration details and payments are up to date.
School holidays

Whether you’re a budding singer, keen to perfect your freestyle, enjoy a game of skirmish or like to get creative, we have a full schedule of activities on offer these school holidays that won’t hurt the hip pocket.

There are lots of free or low-cost activities at our libraries, leisure centres and with our Youth Services team to keep children and teenagers entertained during the school holidays, which begin on 2 April.

Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green in the sand pit Wallan East Family and Children's Centre.
KERBSIDE COLLECTION Change to bin day for Good Friday

If your bin is usually collected on a Friday, please put it out for collection on Saturday 3 April.

All other kerbside bin collections remain the same over the Easter long weekend.

Our Resource Recovery Centres will also be closed on Good Friday. Normal operating hours for the rest of Easter weekend.

Library staff walking through library.
EASTER HOURS What's open, what's not

Some Council services will be closed over Easter.

  • Main offices, customer service libraries: Closed all weekend
  • Leisure centres: Closed Good Friday
  • Visitor Information Centre: Closed Good Friday

For urgent hazards or lost or wandering animals please call 5473 6200.


We’ll soon be asking you, your family and friends to imagine what you would like to see for Mitchell by the year 2050.

Your input will help shape the Community Vision, the Council Plan and the Health and Wellbeing Plan.

Keep an eye out for a special edition of eNews next week to find out where we'll be popping up and how you can get involved.

Pet registrations due 10 April. Are you details up to date? Please contact us. Register now
Ranger with a dog
Road work ahead sign
WINDHAM ST, WALLAN Minor traffic delays and detour

Windham Street, between William and King streets, is set to go under a transformation to support safer movement for vehicles and pedestrians.

The $620,000 works include:

  • New footpaths installed on both sides of the road
  • New kerbs and drainage to help reduce water run-off into properties during heavy downpours
  • Intersection improvements and cushions to reduce speed
  • Reinstall road sections, nature strips, and line marking

The works are likely to begin in the first week of April, weather permitting.

Small camp fire
FIRE RESRITCTIONS Fire danger period ends Monday

The Fire Danger Period will be lifted in Mitchell Shire at 1am on Monday, 29 March.

If you’re burning off, there are still some rules to follow:

  • Consider your neighbours and be mindful of smoke, especially if your burn pile is wet
  • Don’t forget to notify VicFire (1800 668 511)
  • In residential areas, urban growth areas (less than 0.4ha or 1 acre) and semi-rural areas, you can only burn off on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10am and 3pm. You will need a permit to burn off outside of these times
  • In rural areas, you can burn off any day of the week
  • Ensure you have a clear area around your burn and plenty of water available
  • Never leave your fire unattended

Never light a fire on days of Total Fire Ban or smog alert days.

Earth Hour. Switch off 8.30-9.30pm Saturday 27 March
Two bike riders on Rail Trail
WIN FOR RAIL TRAIL $1.2m for art installations, signage

One of our most popular attractions is set to entice more visitors with the State Government funding a $1.2 million Great Victorian Rail Trail Art Installations and Signage project.

Large scale art installations will be featured at key points along the trail.

Signage upgrades from Tallarook to Mansfield and Alexandra will provide interpretation along the route and guide users into town centres to support economic activity and local business.

Disabled car park
ACCESSIBLE PARKING New parking permit scheme

If you need a new parking permit or need to renew a parking permit, VicRoads now has a much easier way to apply.

Start your application online and you'll receive a reference number via SMS to take to your GP or occupational therapist. We'll review your application and if successful, you'll receive a permit in the mail.

The new accessible parking permit scheme will ensure Victorian permits are recognised across the country. 

All existing permits will remain valid until their expiry date.

Mitchell Shire on the airwaves. Our next monthly radio show is just around the corner. Catch us on: OKRFM on Monday 29 March at 9.30am, Seymour FM on Wednesday 31 March at 10am

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, we're seeing the return of some great local events.

Promote your event in our Events Calendar — no event is too big or too small to appear.


Get to know your butterflies at the Butterfly Identification Workshop.

Input wanted on the following projects
  • Rural Land and Activities Review and Landscape Assessment Study
  • Immunisation services - We would appreciate your feedback on your experience with your local immunisation service.
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:

  • Tree Management Officer
  • Youth Development Officer
  • Risk and OHS System Advisor
  • Community Development Officer - Resilience and Recovery
  • School Crossing Supervisors
  • Landscape Technical Officer
  • Procurement Support Officer
  • Project Manager - Civic Infrastructure
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS Budget meeting on Monday

Council meetings are held the Broadford Council Chamber.

You can also watch live on our website from 7pm.

  • Council Meeting - Monday 29 March (This is a special Council Meeting, to consider the draft budget, Revenue and Rating Plan.) The agenda is out now.
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