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words: welcome to Mitchell Shire eNews, 29 January 2021, Pictured: Librarian reads to you children
In this edition: Swimming lessons are back; our children's programs return to libraries; youth rooms reopen; meet our 2021 Community Award winners; Reuse shop open this Saturday
Pictured: Storytime returns to our libraries. 
Child swimming underwater

Students will jump right back in to their Learn to Swim lessons from 1 February, with classes held at Kilmore Leisure Centre and Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre 7 days a week.

Lessons are 30 minutes in duration, once a week during school terms, and participants have free access to swim anytime at Council facilities.

In an exciting partnership, the Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) initiative and Mitchell Shire Leisure Centres have teamed up to provide a 50 per cent discount on Learn to Swim lessons up to 30 June for valid health care card holders.

Toddlers sitting on cushions at the library
WELCOME BACK New time for library programs

Pre-school children can get the year off to a great start with the return of Babytime (0-18 months), Rhymetime (18 months to 3 years) and Storytime (3+ years) to libraries, with sessions on different days in Beveridge, Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan.

Following community feedback, the free weekly programs will now be held at 9.30am.

The programs have been developed to encourage a lifelong love of reading, to provide social connections and to familiarise people with the important role libraries play from an early age.

Group of teenagers goofing around
MAKE NEW FRIENDS Activities for youth

Mitchell’s youth – anyone aged between 12 and 18 years of age – can drop in to one of Council’s Youth Rooms to meet new friends, take part in free activities and engage in a supported environment.

The Youth Rooms are open from 3.30-5pm on Mondays at Broadford Youth Room and Thursdays at Wallan Youth Room.

There is a variety of facilities and equipment available to use at the Youth Rooms, including video games, sporting equipment, art and craft supplies, a kitchen and free Wi-Fi.

Mitchell Shire Citizen of the Year John Simpson
Celebrating our Everyday Heroes

In a year like no other, the Mitchell Shire community showed it is truly strong and resilient as Everyday Heroes rose above and beyond the challenges of 2020. We celebrated these Everyday Heroes at the Mitchell Shire Community Awards in Wallan on Australia Day. 

Our 2021 Community Award winners:

Citizen of the Year – John Simpson (Wandong)
John Simpson is part of both the SES and CFA in the Wandong area. He has served for more than two decades in the role and played a part in the search for young Will Callaghan at Mt Disappointment last year.

Access and Inclusion Champion – Adam Georgelin (Wallan)
Adam Georgelin, a Richmond Tigers Wheelchair Footy Player, defied the odds and pushed his wheelchair the entire length of the Great Victorian Rail Trail. He wants to use his platform as Champion to gain more interest in wheelchair footy.

Young Citizen of the Year – Hayley
Hayley is a pillar of support for her peers. As an informal mentor, Hayley is helping to change the lives of those around her.
* Hayley was not available for filming.

Community Group of the Year – Wallan Circle of Friendship (Wallan)
The Wallan Circle of Friendship was established 40 years ago as a group to support people in Wallan. The group regularly fundraises for charity groups and supports its own members through hard times. In 2020, the group stayed connected through a newsletter, delivered by the group’s own volunteers.

Community Event of the Year – Broadford Primary School Display by the Broadford and District Historical Society
The group put together the Broadford Primary School display on Australia Day in 2020. The showpiece was a book created to document the rich history of the school in the community.

Rows of secondhand chairs
REUSE SHOP OPEN Recycle unwanted household items

Our Reuse Shop at the Wallan Resource Recovery Centre will be open from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 30 January.

The shop resells many household items that can still be used such as furniture, toys, books, records, CDs, gardening items and baby furniture.

The Reuse Shop will continue to open monthly - keep an eye out for opening times on our website.

Ginger kitten and puppy sitting together
REGISTER YOUR PETS Check your details are up to date

We're about to send out animal registration renewal notices.

Are your details up to date?

If you have changed address, left the Shire, or your pet has passed away, you can update your details by emailing or call us on 5734 6200.

Be prepared for fire, flood, storm. Have an emergency plan. Prepare your property.
Input wanted on the following projects

Road renaming proposal: We're proposing to rename parts of Westwood Road and Kulin Drive within the Kingsgate Estate in Kilmore. These changes are required to ensure that the street numbers can be easily provided to properties along the affected section of Westwood Road and to remove confusion with and accessing Kulin Drive.

Park naming Wallara Waters - Murrack Park: We're proposing to name a park in Wallara Waters, Wallan, "Murrack Park". Murrack (pronunciation rhymes with ‘barrack’) means grasshopper in Woiwurrung language, the language of the Woiwurrung Tribe who were part of the Kulin Nation.

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:

  • GBCC Engagement and Inclusion Officer
  • Senior Development Engineer
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Building Surveyor
  • Waste Management Coordinator
  • Infrastructure and Application Administrator
  • Management Accountant
  • Swim Instructor
COUNCIL MEETINGS Upcoming schedule

Due to COVID restrictions Council meetings will be online. You can watch live on our website from 7pm.

The recording will be available the next day.

Next meeting:

  • Community Questions and Hearing Committee - Monday 8 February
  • Council Meeting - Monday 15 February

You can put questions and submissions to the Community Questions and Hearings Committee.

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