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In this edition: huge funding annoucement for Mitchell; Councillor Christine Banks resigns; All Ages Tour concert on tomorrow; library programs return; BMX track works complete; register a site for Clean Up Australia Day. 

Picture: Maintenance works at the Broadford BMX Track to improve safety and accessibility are now complete and the track has now reopened.

Local MPs, Mitchell Shire Councillors and community group representatives stand in a group

Four key open space and recreation projects in Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan - worth a combined $3.14 million - can now go ahead thanks to $2.56 million funding from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Mitchell Shire Council will contribute $580,000 to deliver the projects, which include:

  • Stage two of Ryans Creek Reserve in Kilmore
  • A new central cycle and natural trail at Wallan Community Park
  • A new play space at Greenhill Reserve in Wallan
  • Upgrades to the accessible play space at Chittick Park in Seymour

The latest announcement sees almost $27.8 million being provided to Mitchell Shire Council from the Growing Suburbs Fund.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green were on hand this morning to make the announcement.

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COUNCILLOR VACANCY Christine Banks resigns

Mitchell Shire Councillor Christine Banks has resigned due to personal and health reasons.

The resignation is effective immediately. We'd like to extend our thanks to Christine for her time with Mitchell and wish her and her family all the best for the future.

This means there is a vacancy in the South Ward. The Victorian Electoral Commission will hold a countback to fill the vacancy on Wednesday 9 March.

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WHITBURGH COTTAGE Work begins on heritage building

We've partnered with the Victorian Government to restore one of Kilmore’s oldest structures, Whitburgh Cottage.

A $200,000 Living Heritage Grant and $410,000 of Council funds will be used to restore the historically and architecturally significant cottage, which was erected between 1853-57.

A major focus of the project will be repairs to a bulge in the western wall that will need to be reinforced.

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

The not-to-be-missed Push All Ages Tour hits Kilmore tomorrow evening, 12 February.

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

Four bands will hit the stage, with performances from Mallrat, Ninajirachi, Noah Calderan and Madoja sure to delight the crowd.

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.

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LOVE YOUR LIBRARY Programs resuming at libraries

Monday is Library Lovers’ Day, and we want you to celebrate at one of our libraries next week by coming in to share what you love about your library.

There's also a colouring competition for children (aged 3-12 years). Entries close Monday 21 February.

Childrens programs

It's a good time to be spreading the library love, with our children's library programs recommencing on Monday as well.

We have children's sessions for everyone, with Babytime (0-18 months), Rhymetime (18 months to 3 years) and Storytime (3+ years) on at our Beveridge, Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour or Wallan libraries throughout the week.

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BMX TRACK WORKS Broadford track reopened

The Broadford BMX Track is back open after maintenance works to improve safety and accessibility were completed this week.

The track surface had degraded in some areas, with narrow tabletops that weren't suitable for novice riders.

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

The structural changes give the track a better flow and make it more interesting to ride. Drainage improvements have also been made.


Are you worried about the number of discarded masks, coffee cups and other litter you're seeing everywhere at the moment? You can do something about it.

We're encouraging you to get out there on Clean Up Australia Day with a small group of your work mates, friends, family or neighbours and give back to your community.

If you've got your eye on an area around town that could do with a bit of a tidy up, register your community group, school or local business now for a Clean Up Australia Day event on 6 March.

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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Plastic waste has surged because of the pandemic which could have long-term impacts on the environment.

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New interactive tool

We have reviewed the feedback we received on our current plans and strategies and developed a draft four-year capital works program, which we are excited to share with you for the first time.

The interactive pipeline includes 89 projects proposed for towns across the shire for 2022/23. Follow the link below to see what projects we have planned, then let us know what you think about the projects.

Submissions close at 9am on Monday 28 February.

We will then consider submissions and feedback as part of the development of the 2022/23 budget.

COVIA-19 update

Booster shots: If it's been three months since your second dose, the best protection against COVID-19 is to get your booster shot immediately, even if you have had COVID-19 recently. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has changed the guidelines for 'fully vaccinated. You're now up-to-date if you've had your booster within three months of your second jab, and you're overdue if you haven't within six months.

Community grants: 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. But hurry, applications for the current round are closing Wednesday 16 February. Visit our website for more information or to apply for a grant.

Business forums: The Victorian Government is offering a free support service for small to medium businesses to ensure their COVIDSafe Plan is up to date and reflects the current COVIDSafe Settings. Online information forums will be held over the next few weeks 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. Register online (registrations essential).

Seymour and Wallan libray and customer service centres closed Saturdays: A reminder that our Seymour and Wallan library and customer service centres are closed on Saturdays at the moment. We‘ll continue to operate the Kilmore branch on Saturdays during this time. Like many places, filling our rosters and keeping our doors open is a challenge at the moment. We're hoping by making this short-term change, we can keep our doors open as usual during the week.


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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Hadfield Park will host the Wallan Olde Time Market again tomorrow. The market is on from 8am to 1pm.

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SKATE SERIES Seymour to host competition

The North East Skate Park Series is heading to Seymour on Saturday 26 February.

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

Everyone's invited to get down to Seymour Skate Park from 11am to compete in skate, scooter, and BMX events.

Heat times:

  • 11am - Skate: (10 and under, 13 and under, 16 and under, open)
  • 12.30pm BMX: (13 and under, open)
  • 1.30pm Scooter: (10 and under, 13 and under, 16 and under, open)

There will be male and female divisions for each. Competitors must bring their own helmet

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WOMEN'S WORKSHOPS Weekly sessions at Beveridge

Our weekly Women's Circle workshops have begun, with this week's session covering career counselling and advice,

The free sessions will continue on Thursdays at the Greater Beveridge Community Centre from 1pm to 3pm.

Upcoming topics include:

  • Family Payments
  • Cooking Healthy Family Meals
  • Accessing Legal Services in Mitchell

Visit our website to see the full list of workshops and to find out more.

Bookings are essential for all workshops. To book, phone Anne on 5734 6395.


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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