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words: welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, 9 April 2021

In this edition: register for school holiday activities; help shape our future for the next 30 years; officially opening of The Shack in Upper Plenty; sign up to join chainsaw crew; get your flu shot; find something to do with our event calendar.

Picture: Our 2050 Your Vision stands are popping up all over the shire. Don't miss your chance to have a say on our future.

What do you love about our community now? What do you wish for our community in the future?

If you think like an engineer, are good at robotics and able to think outside the box, our Goldberg Program might be just your thing these school holidays. This STEAM program will be held at our Kilmore Library on 14 April and Seymour Library on 16 April.

Other school holiday activities on offer include:

  • Pop-up recording studio: 12-18 April at Seymour Flexible Learning Centre
  • Laser Skirmish: 14 April, $10 includes Laser Skirmish and transport from Broadford, Greater Beveridge, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan.
  • Intensive Swim Program: 12-16 April, Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre and Kilmore Leisure Centre from 12-16 April. Five, 30-minute lessons over 5 days for $76.50. 

There's also lots of great parks and trails to enjoy during the break.

2050 Your Vision logo
HELP SHAPE FUTURE What do you wish for our shire?

During April and early May we're inviting everyone to tell us what they'd like to see in Mitchell in the next 30 years.

You can visit us at one of our pop ups, keep an eye out for one of our display stands at our leisure centres, libraries and community events or go online. Don't miss this opportunity to help shape the future of our community.

We'll be at the following locations:

  • 10 April: Wallan Olde Time Market, 8am-1pm
  • 14 April: Crumbs and Co Cafe, Wandong, 12-2pm
  • 15 April: Vento Cafe Bar and Restaurant, Wallan, 12-2pm
  • 16-18 April: Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, 9am-4pm

Check our Engaging Mitchell website for more pop ups.

THE SHACK IS BACK Community celebrates reopening

The Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall, or The Shack as it’s locally known, is back with the offical opening ceremony on Wednesday 7 April.

Members of the community, the Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall Committee of Management, local MPs, contractors and Council representatives came together to celebrate the return of the iconic hall.

The hall burned down in 2015, not long after being refurbished. The new building takes pride of place on the original site, keeping true to the old design while displaying balance between modern features and its history.

The cost of the rebuild has largely come from insurance, with Council contributing an extra $147,000 to the project for amenity upgrades and site landscaping.

Women using a chainsaw
JOIN CHAINSAW CREW Learn skills to prepare property

We’ve partnered with Clonbinane Community Action Group and the Reedy Creek Progress Association to deliver a chainsaw operation and maintenance course, plus first aid, through DNA Training Solutions.

This free training will build skills in safe and effective chainsaw use, with priority given to women living in high fire and storm-risk areas.

The three-day program will run from 9.30am until 2.30pm on Thursday 6 May, Friday 7 May and Saturday 15 May.


Council is running a one-off session for flu shots on Tuesday 20 April from 5.30-7.30pm at the John Taylor Room in the Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre, 12 Sydney St, Kilmore.

The flu shot is free for people under 5 and over 65. A charge of $28 applies to everyone else (credit card payments preferred).

To help speed up wait times, please fill out the consent form before you arrive.


12-15 April: Intensive Swim Lessons, Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre and Kilmore Leisure Centre, 9am-12pm. Bookings essential.

12-18 April: Pop-up recording studio, Seymour Flexible Learning Centre, 10am-6pm. Bookings essential.

14 April: Laser Skirmish School Holiday Excursion, 9.15am-3.30pm. Bookings essential.

14  and 16 April: Goldberg Program, Kilmore and Seymour Customer and Library Service Centres, 10am-2.30pm. Bookings essential.

15 April: The wonderful world of worms, virtual event, 10-11am. Bookings essential.

16-18 April: Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, Kings Park, Seymour, 9am-4pm.

16-18 April: Kilmore Art Expo, Memorial Hall,  6.30-9.30pm,16 April, 10-4pm, 17 and 18 April.

17 April: Kilmore Regional Busking Championships, Sydney St, Kilmore, 9.30am-3pm.

25 April: Stretch and Sip, Brave Goose Vineyard, Whiteheads Creek, 9-11am

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


Join a fun virtual workshop on 15 April to learn all about looking after worms.

Don't forget all cats and dogs 3 months of age or older, must be registered with Council. Pet registrations due 10 April.
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:

  • Manager Development Approvals
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Land and Property Information Officer
  • Parks and Gardens Crew
  • Landscape Technical Officer
  • Project Manager - Civic Infrastructure
  • Gym and Group Fitness Instructors
  • Swim Instructors
COUNCIL MEETINGS Upcoming schedule

Council meetings are held the Broadford Council Chamber.

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

  • Community Questions and Hearings Committee - Monday April 12
  • Council Meeting - Monday April 19
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