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In this edition: CFA declared Fire Danger Period ending; roadworks and detours in place in Kilmore East; Get Active Kids voucher program underway; Small Business Bus coming to Beveridge; Earth Hour on this weekend.

Picture: The CFA announced this week that the Fire Danger Period will end in Mitchell Shire at 1am on Monday 28 March. While residents can now start cleaning up their properties and burning off, there are still some rules that need to be followed when restrictions lift.

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The Fire Danger Period in Mitchell Shire ends at 1am on Monday 28 March.

While fire restrictions will lift, there are still rules to follow for burning off.

In residential areas and properties under 0.4ha (1 acre) and semi-rural areas over 0.4ha, you can only burn off on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10am and 3pm. You will need a permit to burn off outside of these times.

If you live in a rural area, you can burn off at any time.

Kilmore East bridge works to begin soon, detour in place

A section of Kilmore East Road will be closed for eight weeks for bridge renewal works, starting on Wednesday 13 April.

A road closure will be implemented between O’Sheas Road and the Dry Creek Road and Nannys Creek Road intersection for the duration of the 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 and associated works to the bridge surrounds and the road on either end will also be completed.

The $1.06 million project has been funded by the Federal Government’s Bridges Renewal Program.

Head to our website to find out more.

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Apply now for $200 voucher

The next round of the Victorian Government's Get Active Kids program is now open, 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.

The vouchers can be redeemed with your local sports club when you pay for your membership, or you can apply to be reimbursed after registering.

To be eligible, kids need to be aged 0 to 18, a Victorian resident, named on a valid Commonwealth Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and named on a valid Medicare Card at the time of application.

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GET BUSINESS ADVICE 10am to 4pm, Tuesday 12 April

The Small Business Bus is coming to Beveridge next month, with appointments filling quickly.

Whether you're planning, starting or growing your business, the bus' on-board experts can help you to develop your business ideas and reach your goals with a 45-minute session of mentoring.

Expert business advisers from the Monarch Institute will be on board to help you identify a clear direction for your business, discuss key issues and priorities, and develop a business action plan to achieve your goals.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

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LIBRARY SURVEY Submissions close Monday

Have you had your say in the statewide library users survey?

The survey is being undertaken by all Victorian public libraries, and closes on Monday 28 March.

We're asking you to take 10 minutes to answer 28 questions. The survey will give us detailed information about how our libraries are used. and your answers will help to improve library services for you and the community.

The survey is open to all library users aged 12 years and over, and paper copies are available at your Customer and Library Service Centre if you would prefer.


Are you joining millions of others around Australia and the world taking part in Earth Hour this weekend? Switch off your lights tomorow at 8.30pm for 60 minutes to show you care about our planet's future.

Here at Council, we're taking the following actions to reduce your footprint on the planet:

  • 35.5 per cent of our electricity consumption is ‘Greenpower’, meaning greenhouse gas emissions from this source are offset by supporting renewable energy projects
  • LED lighting upgrades
  • Increasing uptake of rooftop solar
  • Home Energy and Water Efficiency Toolkits will be available to borrow soon

For tips on how to reduce your footprint on the planet and live more sustainably, visit our Sustainability page.

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By switching off your lights for 60 minutes from 8.30pm on Saturday 26 March, you'll be doing your bit to show you care about our planet's future.

ISOLATION CHANGES New rules for recovered cases

There's been some changes to Victoria's isolation requirements recently for those who have had COVID-19.

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you aren’t required to get tested or isolate if you are re-exposed to a case within eight weeks of ending your isolation period.

VACCINATION RATES Don't forget second dose

If your 5 to 11-year-old received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine early in January, they are now due for their second dose.

The interval between the first and second doses of the vaccine for this age group is eight weeks.

You can book in at one of the state-run clinics, or at your local GP or pharmasist.

If you're over 16 years of age and it's been three or more months since you've had your second vaccine, you are eligible to get your booster shot.

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 (closing Friday 8 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 (closing Monday 18 April): 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.

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

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SEYMOUR EXPO Visit the Discover Mitchell team

There's just one week to go until the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, which is always a great day out for the whole family.

The annual event is on 1-3 April at Kings Park in Seymour, with tickets now available online.

Our Discover Mitchell team will be at Stand C25, so don't forget to pop by and say hello.

The expo features 400-plus exhibitors, as well as drone, horsemanship, whip-cracking and wood-chopping demos, farm lectures, livestock and more than 30 food and drink vendors. There's also plenty of activities in the kids’ corner including Farmer Darryl's petting zoo.

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CONTRAST ART Art program for young people

Do you know a young person who has a passion for art?

CONTRAST is a free 8-week art program for people aged 12-18 years with a connection to Seymour.

CONTRAST participants will learn, design and create with the help of professional artists, art therapists and support services in Mitchell Shire. Participants will also receive over $100 of free art supplies.


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

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


Victoria's largest vintage car tour will be in Seymour on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the 2022 Golden Oldies tour. The tour is open to vehicles built between 1 January 1919 and 31 December 1930,with around 70 rare and collectible cars expected to be on show.

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WORK AT COUNCIL Career opportunities

Have you considered a career with Council? We currently have vacancies right across Council, including:

  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Communications Advisor
  • Senior Occupational Health and Safety and Wellbeing Advisor
  • Occupational Health and Safety and Return to Work Officer
  • Information Services Officer
  • Pool Lifeguards, Leisure Duty Manager, Swim Instructors

To see what roles are available or to apply, visit our website.

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TALKIN' MITCHELL Catch us on the radio next week

Our next monthly radio show is just around the corner. You can catch us on:

OKR FM (98.3FM or 97.1FM)

  • 9.30am to 10am
  • Monday 28 March

Seymour FM (103.9FM)

  • 10am to 11am
  • Wednesday 30 March

Tune in to hear us wrap-up the March Council meeting.


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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