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In this edition: school holiday activities for everybody; Council Director receives honour; Council joins Cities Power Partnership; kerbside collection changes for Easter; kindergarten open day coming up.

Picture: Fast track your child's water skills at the intensive swim program in the first week of the school holidays. The program will run at Kilmore Leisure Centre and Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre.

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We've got plenty of activities to cure the school holiday boredom over the next two weeks.

With school holidays now here, we’ve put together some great activities to keep your little (and big!) ones busy.

Whether it's some easter craft, badge making, swimming lessons, or a trip to the Melbourne Zoo, we've got something for everyone.

Take a look at our events and see what activities the kids might like to join.

Spots at most of the events are limited, so you will need to book. Please check the event details closely and get in quick to secure your place.

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DIRECTOR HONOUR Mitchell leader inducted on roll

We're celebrating our Director Advocacy and Communities, Mary Agostino, after she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women last week in recognition of her significant leadership contribution to disaster.

The Leading through Disaster category recognises women whose influence, example and leadership have supported communities to respond, recover and rebuild in times of disaster.

Mary was recognised for her work in establishing the Mitchell Leadership Alliance, where she brought together CEOs of local health and community service providers to develop a coordinated approach for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This award is a fitting tribute to Mary's hard work and we are very proud to see her recognised in this way.

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TAKING ACTION Mitchell joins partnership

Recently Mitchell joined 165 other councils from across the country and become a member of the Cities Power Partnership (CPP).

The partnership provides councils with a great opportunity to share knowledge and work together to create meaningful action on climate change.

To become a member of the partnership, we had to commit to five key partnership pledges and we''ll need to report on their progress annually.

Follow the link below to learn more about what we're doing as a Council.


If your bin is usually collected on a Friday, please note that no bins will be collected on Good Friday (15 April). Instead, bins will be collected on Easter Saturday (16 April).

All other kerbside bin collections remain the same over the Easter long weekend.

Our Resource Recovery Centres will also be closed on Good Friday. Normal operating hours for the rest of Easter weekend.

A number of other Council services will also be closed or have reduced hours over the Easter long weekend, from Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April.


There will be no kerbside bin collection on Good Friday.

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PARK UPGRADE 40,000 trees in to Hadfield Park

Students from Wallan Secondary College have rolled up their sleeves to help plant native trees and shrubs at Hadfield Park, Wallan.

The trees will be a key feature of the upgrade to the area, which is being led by Melbourne Water.

In all, there will be 40,000 native plants to improve water quality and provide habitat for local fauna including birds, reptiles, insects, frogs, and macroinvertebrates.

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JOIN YOUTH COUNCIL Applications now open

We're on the hunt for some passionate young people to join Mitchell Youth Council.

If you are motivated to make a difference in the community and would like to be a part of our Youth Council, please consider applying.

The advisory committee represents the voice of young people across Mitchell and aims to make our community a better place.

Applications close 9am, Monday 13 June.

See all our kindergartens at the open day on 30 April

Our kindergarten service will throw open its doors with an open day across all facilities on Saturday 30 April. Families will be able to tour each of the kindergartens and meet the teaching teams.

If you're looking to enrol your child in either the 3 or 4-year-old kindergarten program, the day is the perfect opportunity to help you to choose which centre is best for your family.

Each kindergarten will be open at varying times throughout the day.
Visit our website for more details.

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ART EXHIBITION Show off your works this winter

Attention all Mitchell artists. This winter, we're presenting an art exhibition to showcase and celebrate the work of artists who live, work or are connected to Mitchell.

Artists aged 12 years and over, of all abilities and cultural backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. Entry is free and artists are invited to submit one artwork each.

Does this sound like you? Applications are now open and will close at 9am on Tuesday 10 May.

The exhibition will be held in our Chambers Gallery at the Broadford Civic Centre in June.

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BUSINESS WORKSHOPS Improve your business knowledge

We've got some free business workshops coming up in Broadford, thanks to the Victorian Government.

The first workshop is on Thursday 21 April and is designed to help you identify the key cash flow drivers in your business and provide ways of improving operational activities to improve your finances.

The second workshop is on Tuesday 24 May and will show you what marketing is, giving you an insight into key actions required to be successful in marketing your business.

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Bring the family for a night of entertainment on the big screen

Join us for the free Autumn Movie Nights Under The Stars, featuring food trucks, roaming entertainment and a feature film on the big screen under the night sky.

  • Seymour, Saturday 23 April, Space Jam: New Legacy
  • Wallan, Saturday 30 April, Mamma Mia
  • Broadford, Saturday 7 May, SING 2

There'll be limited seating and shelter, so we recommend bringing along a picnic rug or camping chairs so you can enjoy the movie in comfort. 

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KILMORE EAST BRIDGE CLOSED Detours in place from 19 April

A section of Kilmore East Road near the railway bridge close to O’Gradys Road will be closed for eight weeks from Tuesday 19 April for renewal works.

The bridge will be strengthened to operate without a load limit and widened to provide larger traffic lanes and shoulders. Bridge barriers will also be added.

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WHAT'S ON AROUND MITCHELL Bumper events calendar coming up

Look at all these fantastic Council and community events coming up over the next week:

  • Wallan Olde Time Market
  • Puckapunyal Military Area community open day
  • Mitchell Shire school holiday program
  • Small Business Bus - Beveridge

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

All pets over 3 months must be registered with Council.
Have your say on Engaging Mitchell portal

We have a few consultations open at the moment, and we would like to hear your views and ideas. We're currently seeking input on:

  • Tooborac mural (extended to Tuesday 12 April): A local mural artist is proposing to paint a mural on the wall of the toilet block at Tooborac Recreation Reserve
  • Local Law Community and Environment 2022: We're looking for input on noxious weeds and vermin on private land, as well as how many days you think you should you be allowed to camp on private property. Closing 9am, Monday 18 April.
  • Emu Flat boundary proposal: We're proposing to define Emu Flat as locality. Emu Flat sits centrally between Tooborac, Pyalong and Nulla Vale. Closing 9am, Monday 23 May.

You can find out more and have your say on our Engaging Mitchell consultation portal.

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WORK AT COUNCIL Careers available at Mitchell

Have you considered a career with Council? We currently have these vacancies:

  • Landscape planning project officer
  • Senior design engineer
  • Pool lifeguards
  • Leisure duty manager
  • Swim instructors

To apply, visit our website.

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QUARRY PETITION Give your support by signing

Want to let your MPs know how you feel about the proposed Wallan/Beveridge quarry?

We'll be at the Wallan Olde Time Market from 9am to 2pm on Saturday 9 April at Hudson Park.

Come along to sign the petition and help spread the word about the impact this quarry will have on our community.


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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