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In this edition: Safety works on the Kilmore East and O'Gradys roads intersection nears completion; We've got lots of activities for you to do during the school holidays; support local business and buy local; Changes to operating hours during the Christmas and New Year period
Kilmore East and O’Gradys roads intersection

Road works at the intersection of Kilmore East and O’Gradys roads is nearly complete with works on a new turning lane, lighting and speed limit changes to finish in the New Year.

The important upgrade includes two new streetlights and a new T-intersection which will improve safety for driving entering and exiting on to O’Gradys Road. Kilmore East Road was also lowered at the railway bridge.

The State Government’s Fixing Country Roads program funded $975,000 of the intersection and lighting project. Council contributed $268,000 to these upgrades as well as $180,000 to lower the road.

Family riding push bikes
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Ideas to keep kids entertained

From skate parks and trail rides, to arts and crafts, there’s plenty of places to visit and activities to do in Mitchell Shire to keep children of all ages entertained these school holidays.

You can get out and explore the walking, cycling and horse-riding tracks and trails in our area.

There's also a host of local parks to enjoy. Take the kids for a play, walk the dog, or grab your scooter or skateboard and head to a local skate park.

If you’re looking for something creative to do, visit our online Library Activity Hub for a host of arts and craft activities. You can also pick up a pop-out A3 cardboard build-your-own recycling truck or an activity pack from our libraries.

Children swimming underwater
DIVE IN FOR FREE FUN Make a splash at our pool parties

This summer we’re hosting pool parties with free entry on Fridays in January from 12pm until 4pm with a DJ, barbecue, inflatables, competitions and giveaways.

The pool parties will be held on 8 January at Seymour War Memorial Outdoor Pool, 15 January at Tallarook Outdoor Pool, 22 January at Broadford Outdoor Pool, and the 29 January at Wallan splash park at the Community Bank ® Adventure Playground. Visitor numbers are limited due to COVID restrictions, so make sure you arrive early.

The outdoor pools will open every day when the forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology reaches 26 degrees or higher. Operating hours may vary due to changing temperatures, weather conditions and/or patronage levels.

Wrapped Christmas presents

If you're looking for last-minute gifts this Christmas, check out our local retailers. With a variety of boutique shops you're sure to find that special something.

Or, give that special somone some pampering or a get together at a local café, restaurant or hotel.

Markets are another great option for unique gifts, the Christmas Tallarook Market is on Sunday 20 December.


While we're getting back to doing the things we love, the increasing numbers of cases in NSW is a timely reminder how important it is we continue protecting everything we have worked so hard to achieve this year.

People around a barbecue
GETTING TOGETHER Tips for having visitors
  • Don’t visit others or have visitors when you feel unwell
  • Encourage hand hygiene when visitors enter the home
  • Maintain 1.5 metres distance if possible
  • Don’t share cups or utensils
  • Open windows to provide natural ventilation
  • Don’t serve finger foods

Coronavirus (COVID-19) may spread when people are crowded in an indoor space – even from people who have no symptoms.

SAFE TRAVELS Camping restrictions
  • Shared amenities are open, including change rooms and toilets
  • Alpine resorts are open
  • Parks Victoria will collect contact details which can be used as a source of contact tracing if necessary at Parks Victoria-managed land.
  • There may be restrictions or changes in place at the campground to allow for physical distancing.

Most parks and visitor sites that were closed under public health measures have now reopened.


The December/January edition of Positive Ageing newsletter is out now and is jam packed with Christmas and summer safety tips.

Meet your Councillors, check out the new dog park in Kilmore, cool down for free at our outdoor pools and find hidden gems for day trips with Discover Mitchell.

We've also got Christmas recycling tips and a tasty recipe for an easy wholemeal fruitcake. 

Seniors cooking together in kitchen

Keep up to date on local services, activities and programs for seniors with our Positive Ageing newsletter.

Season's Greetings Christmas wreath with icons of different Council services

The following changes to normal operating hours apply to our services during the Christmas and New Year period.


Main offices, call centres and Broadford, Seymour, Wallan libraries

  • Closed 4pm on 24 December
  • Re-open 4 January

Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre

  • Open 29, 30 and 31 December
  • Check online for hours

Visitor Information Centre Seymour

  • Closed Christmas Day
  • 10am-4pm other days

Maternal and child health and immunisation

  • Closed public holidays
  • Normal hours all other days

To report matters such as urgent road hazards, dangerous animals, lost and found dogs and livestock on roads, please call 5734 6200 all hours.


Leisure centres

  • Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day
  • See web for hours for timetable other days
  • No fitness classes

Outdoor pools and splash park

  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Open other days* 
  • Broadford open 12pm-6pm
  • Seymour open 12pm-6pm
  • Tallarook open 12pm-6pm
  • Splash park open 10am-8pm

*The outdoor pools will open every day when the forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology reaches 26 degrees or higher. Operating hours may vary due to changing temperatures, weather conditions and/or patronage levels.


There are some changes to the days kerbside bins will be emptied

  • No change for Monday to Thursday collections
  • Bins scheduled for pick up on 25 December will be collected on Saturday 26 December
  • Bins scheduled for pick up on 1 January will be collected on Saturday 2 January

To check what day your bin is collected go to the Near Me page on our website.


Our Resource Recovery Centres will be open most days during the Christmas New Year period

  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Closed New Year's Day
  • No change to other days
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