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A young family smile after receiving their Australian citizenship

In this edition: Federal Government funding for the Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal and Camerons Lane Interchange; Whitburgh Cottage works underway; outdoor cinema coming to Mitchell; dining and entertainment rebate available; Sydney Street Kilmore rejuvenation works to begin; bridge renewal works in Kilmore East underway soon.

Picture: Council welcomed 57 new citizens at its Citizenship Ceremony on Monday night. A full photo gallery of the night will be on our website next week.

A terminal of freight trains all parked

We had some fantastic news for Melbourne’s north this week, with the Federal Government announcing $1.2 billion for the Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal (BIFT) and $280 million for road connection upgrades, including Camerons Lane Interchange, in the 2022/23 Federal Budget.

This early investment in vital infrastructure in Melbourne’s Northern Growth Corridor is essential to support jobs and connectivity.

Camerons Lane Interchange will unlock more than 30,000 homes which will bring more than 90,000 new residents and, partnered with the $1.2 billion investment in the Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal, support 20,000 jobs.

A husband and wife standing together with their citizenship certificates
OUR NEWEST CITIZENS Bumper Citizenship Ceremony

Fifty-seven residents have officially become Australian citizens after they pledged their loyalty at Council’s Citizenship ceremony on Monday night.

The citizenship ceremony represents the final step in the journey for many new Australians. We conduct Citizenship Ceremonies throughout the year, welcoming more and more residents to our country.

A full gallery of photos from the evening will be on Council's website next week.

An outside view of Whitburgh Cottage
WHITBURGH COTTAGE Historic building restoration

Works are well underway at Kilmore’s historic Whitburgh Cottage.

We're partnering with the Victorian Government to restore one of Kilmore’s oldest structures. A $200,000 Living Heritage Grant and $410,000 of Council funds will be used to restore the historically and architecturally significant cottage.

Reliance Constructions has started fixing the large bulge in the western wall to make the building safer.

Autumn movie nights under the stars
Bring the family for a night of entertainment on the big screen

Join us for the free Autumn Movie Nights Under The Stars, starting in Seymour on Saturday 23 April. Events will also be held in Wallan (Saturday 30 April) and Broadford (Saturday 7 May).

This series of outdoor events will feature food trucks, roaming entertainment and a feature film on the big screen under the stars.

There'll be limited seating and shelter, so we recommend bringing along a picnic rug or camping chairs so you can enjoy the movie in comfort. 

A man wearing hi-vis clothing watches on as a digger spreads dirt
SEYMOUR MAKEOVER New outdoor space to allow for better access

A makeover of the corner of Keith and Pollard streets in Seymour will allow for greater access to Anzac Plaza and Chittick Park once completed.

The new area will include greener space, safe pedestrian access between the two precincts, outdoor dining facilities and plantings of mature vegetation.

We also encourage additional uses of this activity space and would love to hear from local businesses about how they could use the space to their benefit.

The $100,000 works are funded by the Victorian Government’s Outdoor Economic Activation grant.

Two men sit inside a restaurant and cheers their glasses
DINING OFFER Get 25 per cent back on food and entertainment

There's no better time than now to head out to your favourite Mitchell eatery, with the Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program now underway.

The program offers rebates on dining and entertainment experiences, with 25 per cent able to be claimed back on eligible expenses. But hurry, as funds are expected to be exhausted quickly.

A limit of $125 in combined rebates across the program can be claimed back by each customer.

You can apply for your rebate online.


We've partnered with the Victorian Government to offer free business workshops in Broadford.

The first workshop is on Thursday 21 April and is designed to help you identify the key cash flow drivers in your business. It will provide ways of improving operational activities that will immediately improve your finances.

The second workshop is on Sunday 24 May and is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of what marketing is, giving you an insight into key actions required to be successful in marketing your business.


Our upcoming workshops will give you the chance to learn about marketing and generating cash flow for your business.

An artist's impression of a rejuvenated Sydney Street
SYDNEY STREET Kilmore revitalisation to begin

We're excited to start the $4.65 million Sydney Street rejuvenation project.

A site office has been established near the corner of Andrew Street and Union Street, with construction due to start Monday 11 April.

The project will transform the heart of Kilmore with colourful trees and plants, pedestrian crossing points, heritage coloured street furniture and lighting as well as changes to parking to allow for more bus stops and all-abilities parking.

A bridge in kilmore east
BRIDGE RENEWAL Kilmore East bridge to be upgraded

A section of Kilmore East Road near the railway bridge close to O’Gradys Road will be closed for eight weeks from Tuesday 19 April for renewal works.

Delays in contractor approvals meant the project start date had to be pushed back, and after receiving community feedback, we decided to move the start date to after Easter.

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.

Girl with a basketball looking in to the camera
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.

COVID 19 update
WINTER BOOSTER At-risk residents can get extra dose

A winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for people considered to be at the greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These groups are:

  • adults aged 65 years and older
  • residents of aged care or disability care facilities
  • people aged 16 years and older who are severely immunocompromised
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older.

Eligible people can receive their winter dose four months after receiving their third COVID-19 vaccination dose, while those who are severely immunocompromised and have had four doses can have a winter dose four months after their previous dose.

Winter doses for eligible people are now available at state-run vaccination centres.

IMPORTANT CHANGES Seymour, Kilmore site changes

Seymour Health

Seymour Health is no longer running its COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. For anyone around Seymour who is yet to be vaccinated, appointments can be made through your local GP or pharmacist, or you can book online or phone 1800 675 398.

Seymour Health's COVID-19 testing clinic is still open 9am - 4pm, seven days a week. You can either collect a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or have a PCR test at the clinic. For more information, phone 0436 345 573 during clinic hours.

Kilmore District Health

Kilmore District Health's vaccination clinic, at 1 Anderson Road, is still underway seven days a week by appointment only. Book your appointment online.

PCR tests are available at Kilmore District Health by appointment only. Please call 5734 2024 between 8am and 1pm to book an appointment. RATs are available for collection at the main reception between 10am and 1pm every day.

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 soon): A local mural artist is proposing to paint a mural on the wall of the toilet block at Tooborac Recreation Reserve. We want to know what you think of the designs and location. Closing 9am, Friday 8 April.
  • Local Law Community and Environment 2022: 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. Closing 9am, Monday 18 April.

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

A small dig and cat look in to the camera
ANIMAL REGOS Renewals due soon

The annual animal registration renewals are due soon.

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, phone 5734 6200.

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.

A hand holding out five knitted hearts
KNIT ONE, GIVE ONE Join the knitting community

Come along to our Knit One, Give One information session next week to find out how you can get involved with this volunteer organisation that creates and distributes knitted items to vulnerable people.

The session will be held at 11am on Monday 4 April, at the Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre.

For more information, phone 5734 6200 or email our libraries team.

The Discover Mitchell tent at this year's Seymour Expo
Visit the Mitchell team at Seymour Expo

The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo kicked off today and runs until Sunday. 

Our Discover Mitchell team and our Environment team will be at Stand C25, so don't forget to pop by and say hello if you're heading to the expo. There's free seed packets on offer (while stocks last) as well as lots of other local environmental and tourist information.

Our Advocacy team will also be on hand so you can add your voice to the call for funding for the Seymour Community Wellbeing Hub.

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.

Tickets are available for the Expo online for the event.


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.

An exterior view of the Old Seymour Courthouse

Seymour and District Historical Society is holding an open day on Sunday. The society's museum collection includes relics from Seymour, Tallarook, Whiteheads Creek, Trawool, Hilldene, Avenel and Mangalore.

A lifeguard beside the pool in Seymour
WORK AT COUNCIL Career opportunities

Have you considered a career with Council? We currently have these vacancies:

  • Landscape planning project officer
  • Manager strategic assets and property
  • Senior design engineer
  • Communications advisor
  • Senior occupational health and safety and wellbeing advisor
  • Occupational health and safety and return to work officer
  • Pool lifeguards, leisure duty manager, swim instructors

To apply, visit our website.

An exterior view of the Council chambers
COUNCIL MEETING Meeting on Monday

The next Council meeting will be the Community Questions and Hearings Committee meeting at 7pm on Monday 4 April.

This meeting will be livestreamed and can be viewed on our website.

The next Ordinary Council meeting will be at 7pm on Monday 19 April.


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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