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A safety camera on the post at a childrens school crossing

In this edition: funding announcements for Mitchell; council budget released; rates due 28 February; extra safety for school children; COVID-19 updates; final days to have your say on a new design for a slide at Tallarook Outdoor Pool. 

Picture: All traffic at school crossings in Mitchell Shire will now be recorded by cameras to help keep everybody safe. The cameras will capture video and audio of all traffic passing through school crossings.

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Catherine King; Rob Mitchell MP - Federal Labor Member for McEwen, Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm and representatives from City of Whittlesea

We had some exciting news for Mitchell this week, as we head toward a Federal Election some time this year.

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese announced an election pledge of $150 million for the Camerons Lane diamond interchange at Beveridge.

The interchange will be a game-changer for our shire, and is one of the most significant and transformational road projects for Melbourne’s north.

The project is expected to create up to 20,000 jobs, unlock 30,000 homes and make life easier for our growing communities.

He was joined by Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Catherine King; Rob Mitchell MP - Federal Labor Member for McEwen and representatives from Mitchell Shire Council and City of Whittlesea.

Mitchell Shire north ward councillors Fiona Stevens, Rhonda Sanderson and Mayor Bill Chisholm with Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel the Hon Andrew Gee MP and Member for Nichols Damien Drum.
Minister arrives to announce funding

In more exciting funding news, we met with Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel the Hon Andrew Gee MP in Seymour on Tuesday to discuss The Puckapunyal Combined Arms Heritage Learning Centre (commonly known as the Army Tank Museum) and The Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub.

Minister Gee also announced a new national funding stream with $27 million for veteran wellbeing grants, including new grants of up to $1.5 million to target larger, longer term projects as well as smaller grass roots projects. Applications for these grants open in March.

Find out more about the announcement.

Works fixing a road
CAPITAL WORKS PIPELINE Give input on 4-year plan

We received some great input from our community on the Mitchell 2050 Community Vision and on Council’s plans and strategies in the last year.

We’ve used this feedback to help develop our next budget including a draft four-year capital works pipeline, which we launched this week. The interactive pipeline includes 89 projects across the shire for 2022/23.

We want to know what you think about the projects. We’ve also prepared a budget development guide.

Let us know what you think. Submissions close 9am, Monday 28 February.

A street view of houses
RATES NOTICES ON THEIR WAY Financial help available

Our third instalment rates notices will be arriving in letterboxes and inboxes soon.

This instalment is due on 28 February, however we understand it's been a tough few years for our community. If you are experiencing financial hardship, we're here 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.

Children walking across a school crossing on high street, broadford
Cameras installed at school crossings

School's back, which means school speed zones and school crossings are back in operation. Please keep child safety in mind when driving around school zones. Stick to the 40km/h speed limit, and if you are dropping children off at school please remember to follow parking rules.

All traffic at school crossings in Mitchell Shire will now be recorded by cameras in an initiative to keep local students, parents, crossing supervisors and all crossing users safe. The cameras will capture video and audio of all traffic passing through school crossings.

Council installed the cameras with the support of schools, in response to dangerous driver behaviour. Council regularly receives reports of drivers speeding through school crossings, failing to stop, and abusing crossing supervisors.

COVIA-19 update
TESTING SITE UPDATE Kilmore site moved location

The testing site at JJ Clancy Reserve in Kilmore has now closed.

Rapid Antigen Tests are available to pick up in the carpark behind the Kilmore Memorial Hall (14 Sydney Street) between 8am and 1pm. You will need to pre-register online beforehand.

PCR testing is now conducted at Kilmore District Health (1 Anderson Road) between 8am and 1pm. Bookings are essential by phoning 5734 2024.

COMMUNITY GRANTS Grants now available

Are you wanting a way to reconnect with your community? We've got some COVID recovery grants that can help you to take that first step.

Our website has more information about the current support available, which includes:

  • Mitchell Youth Out and About
  • Community-life activity and event support

Applications for both grants will close at 9am, Wednesday 16 February. Head to our website to apply.

BOOSTER VACCINES 16-17 year olds now eligible

If you received your second COVID-19 vaccine three months or more ago, now is the time to have your booster. Book at your local pharmacy, GP, or at one of the state-run clinics on the link below.

Just yesterday, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended the Pfizer vaccine as a booster for eligible Australians aged 16 and 17 years, meaning anyone 16 years of age or older is now eligible to receive a booster.

To maintain immunity against COVID-19, get your vaccine booster as soon as you are eligible. It will help protect you from serious illness so you can keep doing the things you love.

CHILDREN'S VACCINES Primary students can book now

With school now back, children aged 5 to 11 are encouraged to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This age group will receive a smaller dose of vaccine created specifically for their age.

The recommended schedule for vaccination in this age group is 2 doses, 8 weeks apart.

Locally, the Kilmore District Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic has been transformed into an Enchanted Forest of Protection, with its paediatric vaccination clinic for 5-11 year olds operating on Saturdays and Sundays. To book, phone 1800 675 398 or book online.

A number of local GP clinics and pharmacies are also offering the vaccination for children.

Last chance to have your say on the deisgn of a new slide for Tallarook pool
Final days to have a say on design for new Tallarook Outdoor Pool slide

Slide on in and take our survey on the designs for a new water slide at the Tallarook outdoor pool before the survey closes on Monday.

The slide has been out of action this summer as it failed a safety audit with a risk of people getting stuck in the pool near the water intake for the slide and drowning.

We've prepared some draft designs for a replacement and we'd love to know what you think. Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback over summer. If you haven't yet taken our survey, don't miss your chance to have your say on the design.

Swimmers enjoying Broadford Outdoor pool

It looks like the warm weather is returning for the next week, which means our outdoor pools will be open and ready to keep you cool in this summer heat.

With pools located in Broadford, Seymour and Tallarook, there's one near you.

And best of all, entry is completely free every day.

A family of 5 after receiving their Australian citizenship on Australia Day
CITIZENSHIP GRANTED Mitchell's newest citizens

Eighteen residents officially become Australian citizens after they pledged their loyalty at Mitchell Shire Council’s Citizenship ceremony at Broadford on Australia Day.

The citizenship ceremony represents the final step in the journey for many new Australians.

Mitchell Shire Council conducts Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the year, welcoming more and more residents to our country.

Blocks with angry, fair and happy faces with a hand picking up one block
COUNCIL SURVEY Calls to begin shortly

Over the next few months you might receive a phone call for our annual community satisfaction survey.

National Field Services conduct the survey and we expect they will begin surveying in Mitchell shortly. Similar surveys will take place for most Victorian councils in the coming months.

If your household receives a call, please consider taking part. Your personal details and individual responses are confidential, and we only see the overall results.


Want to explore how gardening can be a part of your climate action plan?

Then join us online to learn how your garden can be used to reduce your environmental impact and adapt to a changing climate.

  • Wednesday 16 February
  • 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Registrations essential

This free workshop will be led by Sustainable Gardening Australia and is part of the National Sustainable Living Festival (1-28 February).

Mother and daughter watering the garden

The upcoming online workshop 'Climate action through gardening' will show you how your garden can be used to reduce your impact and adapt to a changing climate.

Young boy being immunised
CHILD IMMUNISATIONS Wallan East clinic now open

Families in Wallan East can now access Council's immunisation service closer to home, with sessions being run at the Wallan East Family and Children's Centre from 4.30pm to 5.30pm every second Tuesday of the month (the next clinic is on 8 February).

Our nurses also run immunisation clinics in Beveridge, Broadford, Kilmore, Puckapunyal, Seymour and Wallan.

Head to our website for more information and to view the timetable.

Young dog and cat looking at the camera
REGISTER YOUR PET Dogs and cats must be registered

Did you welcome a furry new addition to the family at Christmas?

Don’t forget all cats and dogs three months of age or older must be registered with Council.

Registration ensures that missing pets can be returned to their owner as soon as possible, and your dogs and cats must be microchipped before we can accept a new animal registration.

More information on registering your pet can be found on our website.

All Ages Tour, free event, Saturday 12 February, 5pm to 9pm, Hudson Park, Kilmore
The Push All Ages Tour coming up

Local rock band Madoja will be one of four bands to hit the stage for The Push All Ages Tour on Saturday 12 February.

The free concert will be held outdoors at Hudson Park, Kilmore from 5pm to 9pm.

There’ll be a free barbecue on offer, as well as other food truck options. Gates open at 5pm (no pass-outs) with free food vouchers for the first 30 people to arrive.

Visit our website for more details.


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.

Shoppers at Tallarook Farmers Market

The ever-popular Tallarook Farmers' Market is on again this Sunday, from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

CURRENT VACANCIES Looking for a new career?

Have you considered a career with Council or do you know someone who is looking for work? We are recruiting for the following roles:

  • Community Development Officer - Liveability
  • Landscape Planner
  • Advocacy and Research Officer
  • Early Years Infrastructure Planner and Project Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Parks and Gardens Crew
  • Waste and Resource Recovery Officer
  • Senior Traffic and Transport Engineer
  • Senior GIS Officer
  • School Crossing Relievers
  • Executive Assistant to Director Economy, Growth and Infrastructure
  • Duty Manager - Leisure
  • Lifeguards, Swim Instructors and Gym Instructors

Visit our website for more information or to apply.

COUNCIL MEETINGS Schedule released for 2022

The first Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting will be held this Monday, 7 February at 7pm.

The next Ordinary Council meeting will be on Monday 21 February at 7pm.

The Community Questions and Hearings Committee meet monthly on the first Monday of the month, commencing at 7pm, which has been changed for 2022. Meetings of Council will usually be held on the third Monday of the month.

Meetings are held in Council Chambers and can be viewed online.


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