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In this edition
Kilmore Bypass takes a step forward; an exciting development is approved for Kilmore; we want to hear your thoughts on a mural for Broadford; it's lights on in Wallan; how your community group can host Australia Day in 2021; and check out the action from tree day and our latest citizenship ceremony.
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KILMORE KICKS OFF Development takes a step forward

A significant development proposal for Kilmore has reached a milestone with Council approving a planning scheme amendment that rezones land so the project can go ahead.

The ‘Woolworths development', which is proposed for the corner of Clarke Street and the Northern Highway (opposite Coles), will include a supermarket, medical centre and speciality shops.

This is in addition to plans for two new pedestrian bridges to link the Clarke Street/Northern Highway site with the surrounding area including the caravan park. 

Council is also progressing plans for Ryans Creek Reserve, Centenary Drive play space, a masterplan for Kilmore Creek and a new community hub. 

Our Operations and Parks team has also been preparing for spring with park furniture being re-stained as well as garden beds being re-mulched and infilled ready for the warm weather.

ACTION ON BYPASS Kilmore town bypass progresses

Progressing the Kilmore-Wallan Bypass has been a priority for Council.

We have supported a recent Regional Roads Victoria request to start the process to implement the Public Acquisition Overlay (PAO) for the western option of the Wallan-Kilmore Bypass.

This covers the area around Kilmore township and will facilitate the bypass construction in the future.

This is a key part in the process for Regional Roads Victoria to secure land for the route. 

Regional Roads Victoria will also conduct further consultation on a route proposed for the area north of Willowmavin Road to the Broadford roundabout. 

Council will also write to Regional Roads Victoria to request that the overlay process does not hold up programming and planning that has already started on progressing this important project.


Broadford RSL is planning to install a two-sided mosaic art mural to commemorate the Battle of Fromelles at the Broadford Memorial Park.

This RSL project will reflect the significance of the First World War battle on the Western Front and the present-day efforts to identify soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice at Fromelles.

As the RSL proposal is on public land managed by Council, we want the community to have a say on the design and location.

You can view the designs and let us know what you think online or view the information at the Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre. 

An artist impression of the mosaics with soldiers outlined in brown against a backdrop of coloured flowers, a black battlefield and a woman praying

One side of the mural commemorates the Fromelles Battle in the First World War (pictured), and the other side commemorates the present day efforts to identify the missing soldiers buried there.

Pedestrian traffic light green
LIGHTS ON IN WALLAN Safety for pedestrians on busy road

Pedestrian safety has been improved in Wallan with the activation of the pedestrian crossing on High Street.

The lights will help people move safely between the Wallan Town Heart retail strip and the Hadfield Park precinct.

Road users are reminded to drive safely in the area and be aware of pedestrians.

The impact to drivers has also been considered, with the pedestrian crossing sequenced with the intersection signals at Watson Street and Queen Street to minimise the impact on traffic flow. 

New pavement, kerbs and linemarking on Oak Street in Seymour with houses in the background
OAK STREET RE-OPEN Oak Street works complete

The southbound lane on Seymour’s Oak Street re-opened recently following major rehabilitation works. These included:

  • Rehabilitating the road pavement
  • Upgrading the kerb
  • Improving the gutter system
  • Upgrading footpaths
  • Improving on-street drainage during heavy rainfall.

The street is prone to flash flooding. These works will improve safety in the street. Work is also planned for the northbound lane later this year.

Boy waving Australian flag

The call is out for community groups to host Australia Day celebrations and citizenship ceremonies in 2021.

If your group wants to support activities locally, now is the time to register an Expression of Interest.

The Australia Day celebrations acknowledge the hard work of people throughout the community during the annual awards ceremony. The celebrations also include a Citizenship Ceremony.

Expressions of Interest close 9 September.

Please note, this is for 2021 events. The 2020 Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony will be held in Pyalong.

The garden, stumps and chimney of Tallarook Hall which burnt down
REBUILD TO BEGIN Activity underway at Tallarook hall

Detailed designs are still being finalised, but activity will soon start to increase for the Tallarook Mechanics’ Hall rebuild with contracts recently signed so works can ramp up.

This will see the establishment of a site office and some ground work before the structure work starts.

We'll be a holding a community meeting very soon to run through the exciting next steps.

Details to follow, stay tuned.

Group shot of band
SENIORS' CONCERT Tickets on sale 2 September

Get ready to kick up your heels at this year's Mitchell Shire Seniors' Concert, on Tuesday 8 October from 2pm to 4pm at Broadford Hall.

The concert features renowned 60s band 'Honey B and The Stingers'. Entry is $10 and includes light refreshments.

Tickets go on sale Monday 2 September.

They'll sell like hot cakes, so get in quick. You'll be able to book online (keep an eye on our website for details) or at your nearest Customer and Library Service Centre.

Sikh Samaritans at tree planting day in Wandong
National Tree Day plantings

A big thank you to everyone who got involved with National Tree Day across our shire.

More than 4300 native seedlings were planted, with more than 200 volunteers (and that's not including schools!) out in force at 16 different sites in Wandong, Kilmore, Wallan, Broadford and Seymour.

Pictured is a group from Sikh Samaritans Australia after taking part in the day at Wandong.

Your chance to help guide Council decisions

Engaging Mitchell is your platform to have a say on what happens around Mitchell Shire. We've got a few consultations at the moment including:

Coming up: We're preparing to invite community feedback on the potential progression of the proposed Seymour Flood Levee project, following a decision at the July Council meeting. 

State Government consultation: The State Government is conducting a review into Victoria's rating system. 

You can view more on these projects via the links below.

Engaging Mitchell
A person installing outdoor fitness equipment
Outdoor fitness station under construction

The much-anticipated outdoor fitness station is currently being installed at Hadfield Park in Wallan.

The outdoor fitness stations will feature long-lasting fitness equipment of all types to suit a broad range of users and athletic ability. Funding for this project has come from the Victorian Government's Growing Suburbs Fund, as well as a $25,000 contribution from the Wandong Wallan Lions Club.


Australian citizenship has been conferred on 26 residents after they pledged their loyalty at Mitchell Shire Council’s Citizenship ceremony earlier this month. 

People represented many countries including Ghana, Irish Republic, Taiwan, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

They join 76 people who became citizens earlier in the year at our Australia Day celebrations and our May citizenship ceremony. 

Group in bright clothes with their citizenship certificates and flags

Elizabeth, Afua and Nana with the Mayor at the August citizenship ceremony. 

IN THE NEWS See what's making headlines

We've had lots happening over the past few weeks, both here at Council and across the shire.

Did you know you can stay up to date with the latest news on our website, on Facebook, in our fortnightly ad in the local papers and on our monthly radio program?

EVENTS APLENTY Join us at an upcoming event

There are several Council and community events coming up that you, or someone you know, might be interested in.

You can stay up to date via the event calendar on our website. We also do a weekly wrap-up of events happening right across the region most Fridays on our Facebook page.

Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street Broadford, Vic 3658
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