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A pink flower blooming in Broadford

In this edition: Council releases advocacy priorities ahead of Federal Election; animal registration renewals sent out; road grading schedule update; find a Clean Up Australia Day site; Council responds to Parliamentary debate on proposed Wallan/Beveridge quarry. 

Picture: The sun is shining and flowers across the municipality are blooming. This photo was taken on Broadford's main street this week.

artist's impression of the proposed Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub.

We are ramping up our advocacy efforts to secure Federal funding for key projects with the launch of our Federal Election Campaign, Connecting Mitchell.

Connecting Mitchell supports Council’s vision to create and maintain a healthy, connected and sustainable community.

We're looking for a commitment from candidates to fund Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub, Camerons Lane/Hume Freeway interchange and deliver detailed planning for Greenhill Recreation Precinct.

Pictured is an indicative artist's impression of the proposed Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub.

A puppy and a kitten looking at the camera
ANIMAL REGISTRATION Renewals due 10 April

Animal registration renewal notices were sent out last week. All cats and dogs three months of age or older must be registered with Council.

Keeping your registration up to date is an important part of being a pet owner. Our wonderful animal management team can reunite lost pets with owners much easier when the lost animal is registered.

If you haven't received your renewal notice, please contact us to check if your details are up to date.

If you have changed address, left the Shire, or your pet has passed away and you haven't updated your details, please phone 5734 6200.

A road grader working on a sunny day
ROAD GRADING Schedule changes due to weather

Despite the wet weather in other parts of Australia, it's been pretty hot and dry here lately which has presented a few problems for our unsealed road network because the road surface is drying out quicker than normal.

We've had to adjust our regular road maintenance grading program to allow for more time on each job and to address priority areas.

The team will monitor this over the coming weeks, and if required, additional resources will be engaged to assist. Please drive to the conditions and slow down around work crews.


Got plans this Sunday?

Why not roll up your sleeves and get involved in a community clean up for Clean Up Australia Day. The environment will thank you for it.

There are clean-up sites in Broadford, Kilmore East, Seymour, Wallan East and Wandong. If you'd like to join a local clean up event, follow the link below to register.

It's your chance to showcase your community pride by helping  improve the appearance of local public spaces while supporting the environment at the same time.


A number of sites have been registered across the municipality to join in the clean up on Sunday 6 March.

Quarry postcards on a table
Council ensures community won't be ignored

We've asked the Minister for Resources Jaala Pulford to explain her comments in State Parliament last week in relation to a question raised by Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty about the proposed quarry in Beveridge/Wallan.

The community was ignored during the parliamentary debate when disappointingly, Minister Pulford failed to recognise community opposition and input toward the quarry.

We’re continuing to challenge the State Government on the plans for a quarry in the Beveridge Northwest Precinct Structure Plan, in line with community sentiment.

Council has written to Minister Pulford asking for a response on three key points, and we encourage community members to also let MPs know you won't be ignored.

Tooborac mural designs
Have your say on Tooborac mural

Local mural artist, Eric Sesto is proposing to paint a mural on the wall of the toilet block at Tooborac Recreation Reserve. It has also been suggested the mural could go on the water tanks behind the hall.

What do you think of the designs, what would you like featured and what location do you prefer?

Let us know in our online survey. Survey closes 9am, Friday 8 April.

People swimming at Broadford Outdoor Pool

The summer outdoor pool season is almost finished, with lifeguards putting their whistles away on Monday 14 March.

That means you've got a little over a week to enjoy our outdoor pools in Broadford, Seymour and Tallarook, and our splash park in Wallan.

The splash park is open every day regardless of the temperature, while the pools open when the Bureau of Meteorology forecast the air temperature to be 26 degrees or higher. Entry is free.

SEYMOUR HEALTH Testing clinic changes

Seymour Health's COVID-19 testing clinic is now operating from the Seymour Health Urgent Care Centre (UCC) car park, from 7am to 2pm daily.

You will need to park in the UCC car park and phone the clinic on 0436 345 573 to organise a test. To make the process quicker, it's recommend you register online for a URN prior to your test via the link below.

VACCINE CLINIC Walk-up appointments next week

If you're yet to be vaccinated, you need to get your second vaccination or if you're eligible for a booster, Maxine the Vaccine bus will be in Wallan next week. Find Maxine at:

  • Wallan Primary School (Stanley Street); 12pm to 5pm; 8-9 March
  • Our Lady of the Way (Newbridge Boulevard); 12pm to 5pm; 10-11 March

No appointment is necessary.

BMX rider performs jump on Broadford track
BMX track reopened after maintenance works

The Broadford BMX Track is safer and more accessible after maintenance works were completed recently. The track is open to the public and is located at The Parade, Broadford (off Jamieson Street).

The surface of the track was sealed with a stabilising product to reduce future erosion and loose stone build up, and improvements were made to drainage.

The structural changes give the track a better flow and make it more interesting to ride.

Scoreboard to be relocated to more suitable position

The scoreboard at Broadford’s Harley Hammond Reserve will be relocated after the scoreboard structure was demolished last week.

Unfortunately, the original structure did not meet building regulations. The Committee of Management, Broadford Football Netball Club and user groups have been working with Council to address the problem.

The scoreboard will be relocated to a more suitable location that can be seen from the timekeeper's box, which will also make it compliant with competition requirements. A large storage area will also be delivered.

A customer service officer talking to a customer at the Wallan counter
CENTRES REOPEN Visit us on Saturdays

Our Customer and Library Service Centres in Seymour and Wallan will reopen on Saturdays from tomorrow (5 March).

Like many places, filling our rosters and keeping our doors open was a challenge at the peak of the COVID wave, but we've made it through and are now able to open both centres again on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. 

Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre is also open on Saturdays.

Inside Wallan library, featuring books, chairs and kiosks to borrow books
BECOME A MEMBER Sign up to get a library bag

Have you been thinking of joining as a library member?

March is the month to do it, with all new members receiving a free library showbag full of goodies.

Membership is free, and allows you to borrow books, DVDs and magazines, as well as access all our online resources.

International Women's Day is an annual, global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  Council is partnering with the community to put on a range of events across the shire to celebrate the day.

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

We're helping celebrate the day by supporting a range of events being held across the shire. Head to our website to see what's on and to book.


There are 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 browsing stalls at Tallarook Market

The monthly Tallarook Farmers' Market is on this Sunday, boasting a variety of locally grown produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, pork, goat meat, wine, olives, olive oil, bread, jams and preserves.

A MCH nurse sitting at her desk
WORK AT COUNCIL Career opportunities

Have you considered a career with Council?

We currently have vacancies in teams right across Council, including in youth services, IT, local laws, building and planning, and leisure. 

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

An exterior view of Broadford Council Chambers
COUNCIL MEETING Meeting on Monday

The next Council meeting will be the Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting at 7pm on Monday 7 March.

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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