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words: welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, 12 March 2021
In this edition: Fire restrictions still in force; take a virtual tour or a recycling plant; watch our International Women's Day event online; free fun for kids at our libraries; find a local event with our event calendar.
Picture: Enjoying a bike ride along the Great Victorian Rail Trail.
Young girl colouring in

We're celebrating Harmony Week alongside the community this year with a colouring in competition. You can pick up a copy from one of our libraries. Return your entry in the mail or at your local Mitchell Shire library. No postage stamp is required. Entries must be received by Friday 2 April 2021 to be in the draw.

The winning entry will receive a collection children’s picture books that celebrate culture and diversity from a local Mitchell Shire business. Prize is valued at $150.

Raking up leaves
BE FIRE READY Restrictions are still in force

Summer may have gone but the fire season hasn't.

Mitchell Shire is still in the Fire Danger Period, which means you can't burn off unless you have a permit.

Burning off without a permit is an offence and can bring severe penalities.

Make sure your property is fire ready and you have a fire plan?

Two people sorting recycling
VIRTUAL TOUR Join the free online session

It’s time to rethink your recycling.

Take a virtual tour of a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and so you can see for yourself how your recycling is separated into material types ready to make new products.

Then, you can ask the experts any burning recycling questions you may have.

The free online session is on 24 March from 10am to 11.15am.

International Women's Day 2021 online event
Celebrating women's achievements

Mitchell Shire Council celebrated International Women’s Day with a special online event on Tuesday 9 March, featuring special guest Angela (Anj) Barker OAM. Anj is a domestic violence campaigner and former Victorian Young Australian of the Year, and she shared her inspirational story as part of the event. If you didn't make the event you can watch it online. People needing support can contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732, or Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you need immediate help, call Triple Zero.

Children sitting on edge of pool
SPORTS VOUCHERS Helping families cover sports costs

The Victorian Government has launched the Get Active Kids Voucher program to help eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration, uniforms and equipment.

And, the great news is these vouchers can be used with our Learn to Swim programs.

Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each. Children must be aged 4 to 18 and named on a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and Medicare Card, or meet the Special Consideration criteria to be eligible.

The program will be delivered across four rounds from now until 17 April 2022.

Kids listening to a story
FREE FUN FOR KIDS Building a love of books

Get along to our free children’s sessions at our libraries.

These interactive programs build pre-literacy skills with songs, rhymes and books.

  • Babytime (0-18 months): a fun session for little ones to start their journey into the world of books.
  • Rhymetime (18 months to 3 years): an interactive session that builds pre-literacy skills with songs, rhymes, finger plays and books.
  • Storytime (3+ years): Explore stories, sing songs and make craft together.

All sessions are held at 9.30am.


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.

Piles of books

Find your next great read at the pre-loved book sale.

Input wanted on the following projects
  • Broadford Precinct Public Safety Initiatives
  • Rural Land and Activities Review and Landscape Assessment Study
  • Road renaming - part of Westwood Road and Kulin Drive in Kilmore
  • Immunisation services

​We've featured two of the projects below.

Rural landscape
RURAL LAND REVIEW Shape the future of our rural areas

Community ideas and submissions on two draft plans will help inform future planning decisions in Mitchell Shire’s small towns and rural areas.

Council is seeking submissions on both the draft Rural Land Activities Review and Landscape Assessment Study.

We've had drop-in sessions in Clonbinane, Pyalong, Reedy Creek and Tooborac. The next drop-in session is: 

  • Tallarook: Tuesday 16 March, 4-7pm, Tallarook Mechanics Institute Hall

Submissions and feedback are invited until 9am, Tuesday 6 April.

Grid of faces
PUBLIC SAFETY Do you feel safer in Broadford

We're looking for input on the public safety infrastructure in Broadford.

Two years ago, you told us installing CCTV (cameras) and lighting would help you feel safer in the Broadford Community Precinct and reduce levels of graffiti, vandalism, anti-social behaviour and crime.

Now the CCTV and lighting towers have been installed, we want to know if you think the project has increased feelings of safety.

Submissions close 9am, Monday 22 March.

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
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:

  • Payroll and Administration Officer
  • Asset Data Officer
  • Project Manager - Buildings
  • Project Manager - Civic Infrastructure
  • Resource Recovery Centre Operator
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Community Infrastructure Planning and Delivery Officer
  • Swim Instructors

Council meetings are held the Broadford Council Chamber.

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

Next meetings:

  • Council Meeting - Monday 15 March
  • Council Meeting - Monday 29 March (This is a special Council Meeting to consider the draft budget Revenue and Rating Plan.)
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