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Mitchell Shire eNews, 18 February 2022

In this edition: Get 30 days free Leisure membership when you join with a friend; countback to decide new Councillor; rates due soon; get active kids grants; Centrelink access in Kilmore. 

Picture: Have you considered a career with Council? We have a range of roles available now, including for a parks and gardens crew member. Check out the vacancies below and head to our website to apply.

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How does 30 days free Mitchell Leisure Services membership sound?

If you join up with a friend before the end of the month on a Lifestyle Membership, you'll both receive 30 days membership for free.

You'll need to sign up in-person at either at Kilmore Leisure Centre or Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre, and you'll need to go into the centre at the same time as your friend.

Your 'friend' can be your partner, relative, buddy, house mate - anyone really.

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COUNTBACK LOOMS New Councillor to be decided

An extraordinary vacancy has occurred in South Ward within Mitchell Shire Council, due to the resignation of Councillor Christine Banks.

The vacancy will be filled through a countback of all the votes from the October 2020 election, which will be held online at 10am on Wednesday 9 March.

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RATES DUE SOON Financial help available

The third 2021/22 rates instalment is due on 28 February, however if you are experiencing financial hardship please contact us as we're happy to help.

Assistance may be available under Council’s Financial Hardship policy. Follow the link below to see how we can help, or phone us on 5734 6200.

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Clubs should register as a provider

The next round of the Victorian Government's Get Active Kids Voucher Program opens in March, meaning eligible families can apply for a voucher up to $200 to help ease the burden of costs associated with club fees, registration, equipment and uniforms.

Local sports clubs can register as an activity provider, which will allow families to sign their kids up to play using the voucher, reducing out-of-pocket expenses (previously families would pay upfront and then be reimbursed through the program).

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HOMEWORK CLUB Get help with school work

Did you know we have a Homework Club underway in Wallan, for students in years 7-12?

The club provides a safe place for students to complete and get help with homework. It’s on every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm at the Wallan Youth Room.

Students can work on any homework from any subject, and there’s a wide range of knowledge among the staff and volunteers to assist them. 

To register or for more info, click the link below.

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CENTRELINK ACCESS Services available in Kilmore

Want to access Centrelink, Medicare or other government services locally?

Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre is an agency of Services Australia. With our Services Australia Access Point, you're able to get most things done on the spot.

So next time you need to do some government business, drop in and use the self-service Access Point. 

We've also got free wi-fi at the centre (no password needed). 

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See what Capital Works projects we have planned

Want to know what Capital Works are in the pipeline?

We've just released details of the $58 million draft capital works program for 2022/23 for you to take a look at, along with a new interactive tool to show what works we've got planned for the next four years.

We encourage you to provide your feedback on the 2022/23 program online before submissions close on Monday 28 February.

Visit our website to have your say and to view the planned works.

COVIA-19 update
Help is available to ensure COVIDSafe plans are up-to-date

If you're a small to medium business owner and want a little guidance to ensure your COVIDSafe Plan is up-to-date, the Victorian Government is offering free online information forums to help you out.

The sessions will be held next week and will provide updates on the latest information and mandatory requirements for businesses, as well as tips on how to implement the Plan in your business.

You'll need to register online to attend (registrations essential).


There's a number of fantastic Council and community events coming up over the next week, including:

You can list your event or find out what's on through the event calendar on our website.

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The weekly women's circle workshops are designed to help women of all ages gain confidence, practise self-care, and support personal or professional growth.

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REGISTER A SITE Last chance to join in clean up

If you're thinking of getting a small group of your work mates, friends, family or neighbours together to do your bit on Clean Up Australia Day (6 March), then hop to it - that way your kit will be sure to arrive in time for your clean up.

Council can even support registered Clean Up Australia Day events in public areas such as parks and roadsides, by providing assistance with waste disposal.

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SKATE COMPETITION Series heading to Seymour

The North East Skate Park Series is heading to Seymour on Saturday 26 February, and everyone's invited to get down there from 11am to compete in skate, scooter, and BMX events.

The Skate Park League competitions are community-based events focused on embracing skate park culture and bringing the community together.

Mitchell Youth Services has teamed up with YMCA Australia to bring the Series to our patch.

Our next monthly radio show is on OKR FM on 28 February at 9.30am, and on Seymour FM on 2 March at 10am
WORK AT COUNCIL Career opportunities

Have you considered a career with Council? One of our current vacancies might be the perfect career for you:

  • School Crossing Supervisors
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • Municipal Fire Prevention Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Landscape Planner
  • Advocacy and Research Officer
  • Early Years Infrastructure Planner and Project Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Parks and Gardens Crew
  • Senior Traffic and Transport Engineer
  • Leisure Duty Manager, Gym Instructors, Pool Lifeguards, Swim Instructors

For more information or to apply for any of these roles, visit our website.

COUNCIL MEETING Next meeting on Monday

The first Ordinary Council meeting for 2022 will be held on Monday 21 February at 7pm. 

Items on the agenda include:

  • Broadford Structure Plan
  • Beveridge North West PSP and ICP Submission to Victorian Planning Authority
  • Response to Notice of Motion for the Broadford Pine Plantation
  • A Planning Permit Application for 45-47 Tootle Street, Kilmore

This meeting will be livestreamed and can be viewed on our website.


Mitchell Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, those of the Taungurung and Wurundjeri People. We pay our respects to their rich cultures and to Elders past and present.

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