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A poster promoting school holiday activities in Mitchell Shire

In this edition: school holiday activities, free art demonstration this weekend, volunteering opportunities, Sydney Street Rejuvenation Project updates, plus the latest events in Mitchell.


From mobile phone filmmaking workshops to creating your own grass head, from trail rides to intensive swimming programs, there’s plenty of activities in Mitchell Shire to keep children of all ages entertained these school holidays.

Recording with mobile phone
BUDDING FILMMAKERS Create movies on your mobile

Learn the ins and outs of filmmaking using just your mobile phone at this two-day workshop.

Get great tips on storytelling, camera angles, lighting, sound and editing.

Participants will create their own social media video or short film during the workshop.

The workshop will from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday 6 July and Thursday 7 July at the Wallan Youth Room, 42 Bentinck St, Wallan.

Girl in a pool
DIVE RIGHT IN Intensive swimming program

Fast track your child's water skills these school holidays with a week of intensive swimming lessons.

Lessons are being held at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre from 27 June to 1 July and Kilmore Leisure Centre from 4 to 8 July inclusive.

The cost is $80 for five, 30 minute classes.

Enrolled students can enjoy free access to the pool all day on the days of their lessons.

Grass head in a jar
ARTS AND CRAFTS Create your own grasshead

Let the kids get creative with arts and crafts at our libraries. They can also create their own grass head or challenge family and friends to a board game at our libraries.

The activities are free and will run from 11am to 3pm throughout the two weeks at our libraries.

Activities are on Monday to Friday in Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan and Mondays and Thursdays in Beveridge.

Please note, Broadford Customer and Library Service Centre will be closed until the end of June for refurbishment works. 

People riding bicycles
DISCOVER MITCHELL Enjoy a winter's day outdoors

There are many great things to see and do in Mitchell Shire during winter, and we invite you to discover them all.

Whether it's a family day out at the Community Bank® Adventure Playground, a day of cycling along the Great Victorian Rail Trail from Tallarook, a glass of locally-made wine in Tooborac or taking some time to enjoy the serenity of the Goulburn River in Seymour, there's something for everyone.

Poster promoting the Hart of Mitchell Exhibition

Don't miss the final weekend of the Hart of Mitchell exhibition.

It's open until Sunday 26 June at the Mitchell Shire Council Chambers Gallery, 113 High Street, Broadford.

It will be open Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

There are also some places available for the artist talk and demonstration with glass artist Marina Villani on Sunday 26 June. Bookings essential.

Visit the Hart of Mitchell website for more information. 

Vegetables being packed into a reusable bag
MAKE A DIFFERENCE Join the Plastic Free July challenge

Are you ready to join the Mitchell Shire community in taking the Plastic Free July challenge?

It can be as easy as picking one single-use plastic item to avoid or swap for a reusable alternative. Many people choose to avoid the Top 4 single-use plastics:

  • Take-away coffee cups
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic water bottles

Get Started today by registering for the challenge. Participants receive weekly tips to help them to keep motivated, and enjoy stories from others around the world who are reducing plastic in their lives.

Parliament House in Canberra
COUNCIL IN CANBERRA Advocating for Mitchell

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm and Director Advocacy and Communities Mary Agostino were flying the flag for Mitchell in Canberra earlier this week at the 2022 National General Assembly of Local Government.

In keeping with the theme of the Assembly ‘Partners in Progress’, councillors committed to partnering with the Australian Government to progress critical reforms.

They included national productivity, climate change transition, Closing the Gap, housing affordability including increased social housing, appropriate road safety reforms, restoring integrity of federal funding to local government, and improved local delivery of community services.

Today, Councillors and Council staff join other Victorian Council's for the Municipal Association of Victoria's State Council.

A bike on the Great Victorian Rail Trail
THE GREAT ARTDOORS Artists chosen, locations decided

Eight artists have been appointed to create art installations at various locations along the Great Victorian Rail Trail and art location sites have been chosen.

The $1.2 million Project is a partnership between Murrindindi, Mansfield and Mitchell Shire Councils, funded through the Victorian Government Regional Tourism Investment Fund Stimulus Round, as part of the COVID-19 tourism stimulus package through Regional Development Victoria.

The works are expected to be installed before the end of April 2023.

A boy climbs on an inflatable pool toy
PARTY IN SEYMOUR Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre

It was party time at the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre on Sunday 19 June. 

An open day was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the heated pool at the centre. 

The day included free entry and a range of fun activities including fitness classes, a jumping castle, a DJ, a sausage sizzle, a visit from the police, army and fire brigade.

Check out the Mitchell Shire Leisure Services Facebook page for upcoming activities in Mitchell Shire.

Screenshot of a video updating people about the Sydney Street Rejuvenation Project

There’s plenty of new footpath appearing in Kilmore as part of the Sydney Street Rejuvenation Project.

Your favourite local businesses are still open but check with them for access arrangements as works continue along the western side of the street.

Please take care if you’re travelling through Kilmore and follow all directional signage.

Check out a project update video from Mitchell Shire Council Engagement Officer James Bone.

Visit the project website for more information.

Have your say on Engaging Mitchell website

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:

Link Avenue PlaygroundTuesday 5 July at 9am. We're getting ready to replace the playground equipment at Link Avenue in Kilmore and we want to know what you think.

Amendment C157 — Planning Scheme review implementationMonday 18 July at 9am. The amendment makes several changes to reflect State planning policy and some administrative adjustments.

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

Man wearing a shirt with the word volunteer written on it

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to give back to the community by providing skills, knowledge, or time to a local organisation in need.

The Volunteering Mitchell website has a list of the current volunteering opportunities available within Mitchell Shire including:

  • Transition Village Wallan
  • Seymour Visitor and Information Centre
  • Australia Day Committee 2023
A weed tree that will be removed from the Kilmore Creek
KILMORE CREEK Revegetation works starting soon

Weedy tree species will be removed along a section of the Kilmore Creek between Mill Street and Bourke Street as part of works identified in the Kilmore Creek Landscape Masterplan.

Local indigenous species will be replanted as part of a National Tree Day event in July.

Tree removal will begin Monday 27 June and be completed by Monday 4 July. 

A model house sitting on building plans
SERVICE CHANGE Planning and Building office

Mitchell Shire Council's Planning and Building Office in Wallan will be reopened for drop-in queries from Monday 27 June between 9am and 5pm.

The office is located at 4A and 4B 61 High Street, Wallan.


Incorporate reading into your daily routine with the Warm Winter Read.

Create healthy reading habits this winter by tracking your progress online or on a paper tracker.

Log each day you spend time reading until Sunday 31 July on the Beanstack Tracker app, via the Beanstack website or on the Warm Winter Read postcard.

More information available on our website.



Look at all these fantastic community and Council events coming up:

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

Craft supplies on a table

Come along to a weekly Craft and a Cuppa session held every Wednesday at 11.30am at libraries in Mitchell Shire. 

A man and a woman work on building plan
CAREERS AT COUNCIL Apply to join Team Mitchell

Think you'd make a good fit at Team Mitchell? We currently have these roles available:

  • Visitor Information Centre Officer
  • Strategic Assets Coordinator
  • Asset Systems Officer
  • Strategic Project Administration Officer
  • Capital Works Coordinator
  • Project Manager – Buildings
  • Customer Experience Lead
  • Landscape Planner
  • EA to Director Advocacy and Communities
  • Administration Support Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Business Transformation Coordinator
  • Name and Register Officer

For more information on these roles or to apply, head to our website.

Front entrance to the Mitchell Shire Council office
COUNCIL MEETING Watch the next meeting online

The next Council meeting will be held on Monday 27 June at 7pm, with several important items up for discussion including:

  • Kilmore East Street consideration of panel report 
  • Kilmore South East Growth Precinct Development Plan
  • Sustainable Resource Management Strategy and Climate Emergency Action Plan update 
  • Response to Notice of Motion Tallarook Street, Seymour trees

Did you know you can watch Council meetings online?

Head to our website to livestream the meeting on Monday.


Mitchell Shire Council acknowledges the Taditional 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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