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Engaging Mitchell

Welcome to Engaging Mitchell - Mitchell Shire Council’s online community engagement hub. A one-stop-shop for the people who live and work in Mitchell Shire to provide input on a broad range of plans, policies and projects.

We know that time is precious. This site offers you the opportunity to participate at a time and place that suits you, making it easier for you to have your views heard.

Register to become an Engaging Mitchell member to receive regular updates and have your say on issues affecting Mitchell Shire’s future.

We look forward to engaging with you!

Welcome to Engaging Mitchell - Mitchell Shire Council’s online community engagement hub. A one-stop-shop for the people who live and work in Mitchell Shire to provide input on a broad range of plans, policies and projects.

We know that time is precious. This site offers you the opportunity to participate at a time and place that suits you, making it easier for you to have your views heard.

Register to become an Engaging Mitchell member to receive regular updates and have your say on issues affecting Mitchell Shire’s future.

We look forward to engaging with you!

  • Mitchell Shire Council Annual Report 2016-2017 now available to view online

    5 months ago
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    Council’s Annual Report 2016/17 will be considered at the Council meeting to be held on Monday 16 October 2017, at the Council Chambers, 113 High Street, Broadford, commencing at 7pm.

    The Annual Report can be viewed online here, or be inspected at Council’s Customer and Library Service Centres at 113 High Street, Broadford; 12 Sydney Street, Kilmore; 125 Anzac Avenue, Seymour; and Wellington Square, 12/81 High Street, Wallan.

    Council’s Annual Report 2016/17 will be considered at the Council meeting to be held on Monday 16 October 2017, at the Council Chambers, 113 High Street, Broadford, commencing at 7pm.

    The Annual Report can be viewed online here, or be inspected at Council’s Customer and Library Service Centres at 113 High Street, Broadford; 12 Sydney Street, Kilmore; 125 Anzac Avenue, Seymour; and Wellington Square, 12/81 High Street, Wallan.

  • GBCMA Regional Floodplain Management Strategy

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Have your say on floodplain management

    The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's draft Regional Floodplain Management Strategy is now out for public comment.

    The strategy covers seven municipalities including Mitchell. Community input from a series of public sessions held earlier this year has been incorporated in the draft strategy.

    The draft strategy focuses on:

    • building community resilience;
    • helping people prepare for living on a floodplain; and
    • protecting the environmental and cultural values of floodplains.

    It includes a sub-plan for the Mitchell area.

    Copies of the strategy, a summary of priority actions for each local government area and a feedback form are available on the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority website.

    Consultation closes 5pm, Monday December 4 2017.

    Have your say on floodplain management

    The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority's draft Regional Floodplain Management Strategy is now out for public comment.

    The strategy covers seven municipalities including Mitchell. Community input from a series of public sessions held earlier this year has been incorporated in the draft strategy.

    The draft strategy focuses on:

    • building community resilience;
    • helping people prepare for living on a floodplain; and
    • protecting the environmental and cultural values of floodplains.

    It includes a sub-plan for the Mitchell area.

    Copies of the strategy, a summary of priority actions for each local government area and a feedback form are available on the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority website.

    Consultation closes 5pm, Monday December 4 2017.

  • Australia Day nominations closing soon (8.30am, Monday 4 December)

    3 months ago
    Thank you for your submissions. The nomination period has now closed.
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    Let's recognise and celebrate our unsung heroes this Australia Day

    Australia Day is the perfect time to recognise and publicly celebrate the amazing work done by members of our community.

    It could be a neighbour, a friend or a family member whose tireless efforts to make our community a better place have so far gone unnoticed.

    We’re taking nominations for:

    1. Citizen of the Year
    2. Young Citizen of the Year
    3. Community Event of the Year
    4. Access and Inclusion Champion Award

    Hurry! Nominations close at 8.30am, Monday 4 December.

    Nominate online now.

    Let's recognise and celebrate our unsung heroes this Australia Day

    Australia Day is the perfect time to recognise and publicly celebrate the amazing work done by members of our community.

    It could be a neighbour, a friend or a family member whose tireless efforts to make our community a better place have so far gone unnoticed.

    We’re taking nominations for:

    1. Citizen of the Year
    2. Young Citizen of the Year
    3. Community Event of the Year
    4. Access and Inclusion Champion Award

    Hurry! Nominations close at 8.30am, Monday 4 December.

    Nominate online now.

  • Mitchell Shire Council Social Justice Framework

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    * Submissions have now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part. The framework was adopted on 20 November.*

    Mitchell Shire Council’s first Social Justice Framework aims to promote equal rights and opportunities for all people within Mitchell Shire and to redress the impact that social and economic inequalities have on both the people experiencing it and the wider community.

    The framework is an integration of the existing Access and Inclusion and Cultural Diversity plans and incorporates other significant priority areas that impact our community.

    These priority areas are:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
    • Cultural Diversity
    • LGBTI
    • Gender Equity
    • Equitable...

    * Submissions have now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part. The framework was adopted on 20 November.*

    Mitchell Shire Council’s first Social Justice Framework aims to promote equal rights and opportunities for all people within Mitchell Shire and to redress the impact that social and economic inequalities have on both the people experiencing it and the wider community.

    The framework is an integration of the existing Access and Inclusion and Cultural Diversity plans and incorporates other significant priority areas that impact our community.

    These priority areas are:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
    • Cultural Diversity
    • LGBTI
    • Gender Equity
    • Equitable Access to Services- Supporting Vulnerability
    • Disability
    • Community Connection

    Local government has a key role to play in creating a socially just, inclusive and sustainable community. The Framework affirms Council’s human rights obligations under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and actions Council’s mission:

    “Working with our communities to build a great quality of life”.

    Submissions close 19 October and can be made via a hard copy https://engagingmitchellshire.com/Mitchell-Shire-Council-Social-Justice-Framework-2017-2021 or online via the Make a Submission tab.

    Councillors will then consider adopting the plan, along with any changes, at the November Council Meeting.


  • 2017 Maternal and Child Health Service Survey

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    As part of Council's commitment to improving services and determining future needs for Maternal and Child Health Services, we are seeking feedback from parents and guardians. Your feedback will provide valuable input into the future direction of our Maternal and Child Health Service.

    The survey has now closed.


    As part of Council's commitment to improving services and determining future needs for Maternal and Child Health Services, we are seeking feedback from parents and guardians. Your feedback will provide valuable input into the future direction of our Maternal and Child Health Service.

    The survey has now closed.


  • Proposed road naming - Kookaburra Lane, Mangalore

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    We are proposing to name a currently unnamed government road which runs alongside the west side of the Melbourne-Shepparton railway line from the Mangalore Road at its northern point to the Hume Freeway in the South (approximately 4.7km).

    Find out more and make a submission here.

    We are proposing to name a currently unnamed government road which runs alongside the west side of the Melbourne-Shepparton railway line from the Mangalore Road at its northern point to the Hume Freeway in the South (approximately 4.7km).

    Find out more and make a submission here.

  • $4.09m for Wallan Town Heart - Survey now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided input.

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    The heart of Wallan will soon be revitalised, but before work begins, we want to hear your thoughts on what’s planned.

    You can view the plans and take our survey later today (5 September).

    The $4.09 million Wallan Town Heart project will transform the centre of Wallan into a more connected and vibrant community hub.

    It is hoped the project will reinvigorate the precinct by developing better connections between the existing shops and Hadfield Park, making it safer for cars and pedestrians, improving roads and car parking, and beautifying the area to make it a more inviting place to visit.

    To do this, seven key steps are planned as part of the project:

    1. A new outdoor plaza
    2. A signalised pedestrian crossing linking the shops and Hadfield Park
    3. A new event space and car parking near the Free Library Hall to make better use of the War Memorial area
    4. New car parks near the Community Bank® Adventure Playground
    5. Footpath, parking and road improvements to Wellington Street
    6. Safety improvements to the service road entry at Watson Street
    7. Landscaping along the Northern Highway

    You can find out more at the Wallan Town Heart project page, by attending our community workshop on 21 September or by viewing the plans at the Wallan Customer and Library Service Centre in Wellington Square.

    The heart of Wallan will soon be revitalised, but before work begins, we want to hear your thoughts on what’s planned.

    You can view the plans and take our survey later today (5 September).

    The $4.09 million Wallan Town Heart project will transform the centre of Wallan into a more connected and vibrant community hub.

    It is hoped the project will reinvigorate the precinct by developing better connections between the existing shops and Hadfield Park, making it safer for cars and pedestrians, improving roads and car parking, and beautifying the area to make it a more inviting place to visit.

    To do this, seven key steps are planned as part of the project:

    1. A new outdoor plaza
    2. A signalised pedestrian crossing linking the shops and Hadfield Park
    3. A new event space and car parking near the Free Library Hall to make better use of the War Memorial area
    4. New car parks near the Community Bank® Adventure Playground
    5. Footpath, parking and road improvements to Wellington Street
    6. Safety improvements to the service road entry at Watson Street
    7. Landscaping along the Northern Highway

    You can find out more at the Wallan Town Heart project page, by attending our community workshop on 21 September or by viewing the plans at the Wallan Customer and Library Service Centre in Wellington Square.
  • Share your ideas at Wallan Town Heart Community Workshop

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    *This survey has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part*

    Whether it’s used for outdoor dining, street trading, or simply as a more inviting place to catch up with friends, we're keen to hear your thoughts on how a new outdoor plaza in the heart of Wallan could be used.

    The new plaza is one of seven key features outlined as part of the $4.09 million Wallan Town Heart project, which aims to revitalise the centre of the town.

    We're hosting a Community Workshop where you can learn more about the plans and take part in activities around...

    *This survey has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part*

    Whether it’s used for outdoor dining, street trading, or simply as a more inviting place to catch up with friends, we're keen to hear your thoughts on how a new outdoor plaza in the heart of Wallan could be used.

    The new plaza is one of seven key features outlined as part of the $4.09 million Wallan Town Heart project, which aims to revitalise the centre of the town.

    We're hosting a Community Workshop where you can learn more about the plans and take part in activities around each project.

    The Community Workshop is on Thursday 21 September from 7pm-8.30pm at the Wallan Multi-Purpose Community Centre Youth Room, Bentinck Street, Wallan.

    A series of signs and footpath stickers have also been placed around Wallan with detailed information on the project.

    Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said Council welcomed feedback on all parts of the project, and was especially interested in the community’s thoughts on the new outdoor plaza.

    “The plaza will reinvigorate the area and transform it into a thriving hub that will make the area safer, more attractive, more accessible and generally a more inviting space,” Cr Sanderson said.

    “The possibilities for the plaza are endless – it could open the area up to outdoor dining, street trading or even just make it a nice place to catch up with friends or family.

    “We’d love to hear what you think could be achieved in the heart of Wallan and I’d encourage people to attend the Community Workshop and share their ideas.

    “We’ll also have people available to run through the plans in more detail and we want the community’s ideas on how we can encourage them to support traders during construction.

    The seven key features of the Wallan Town Heart project are:

    1. A new outdoor plaza
    2. A signalised pedestrian crossing linking the shops and Hadfield Park
    3. A new event space and car parking near the Free Library Hall to make better use of the War Memorial area
    4. New car parks near the Community Bank® Adventure Playground
    5. Footpath, parking and road improvements to Wellington Street
    6. Safety improvements to the service road entry at Watson Street
    7. Landscaping along the Northern Highway

    The project is funded by Mitchell Shire Council ($400,000), Regional Development Victoria ($1.5 million) and the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund ($2.19 million).

  • Want to join the Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee?

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Please note: Nominations for the Committee have now closed.

    Are you interested Mitchell’s natural environment? Do you think sustainability and environmental management are high priorities?

    Then joining the Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee could be the perfect role for you.

    There are up to seven positions vacant on the Committee, which aims to tap into the knowledge, skills and experiences of community members to provide Council with strategic advice and recommendations about environmental sustainability and management issues.


    Please note: Nominations for the Committee have now closed.

    Are you interested Mitchell’s natural environment? Do you think sustainability and environmental management are high priorities?

    Then joining the Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee could be the perfect role for you.

    There are up to seven positions vacant on the Committee, which aims to tap into the knowledge, skills and experiences of community members to provide Council with strategic advice and recommendations about environmental sustainability and management issues.


  • Seymour Flood Mitigation Project

    8 months ago
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    The Seymour Flood Mitigation Project is being developed to provide protection to the Seymour Township, property, buildings, essential services and residents against a 1-in-100-year flood from the Goulburn River.

    It is estimated that more than 300 properties are vulnerable in such an event including a large part of Seymour's commercial activities and essential services, including the hospital and police station.
    Increased protection from flooding offered by the project will provide an opportunity to review the existing flood zoning and overlays which have restricted development in the area.

    The levee design is being developed to provide a positive benefit to the community of Seymour and the wider Mitchell Shire, including those outside the levee system.

    The design of the levee will be considered simultaneously with the Structure Plan for Seymour and the community ‘Vision for the Town’. The levee will be designed to ensure that, as much as possible, it does not create a physical or visual barrier to enjoyment of the Goulburn River and includes provision for walking and cycling paths linked to the wider regional network.
    Visit the Project page for more information.


    The Seymour Flood Mitigation Project is being developed to provide protection to the Seymour Township, property, buildings, essential services and residents against a 1-in-100-year flood from the Goulburn River.

    It is estimated that more than 300 properties are vulnerable in such an event including a large part of Seymour's commercial activities and essential services, including the hospital and police station.
    Increased protection from flooding offered by the project will provide an opportunity to review the existing flood zoning and overlays which have restricted development in the area.

    The levee design is being developed to provide a positive benefit to the community of Seymour and the wider Mitchell Shire, including those outside the levee system.

    The design of the levee will be considered simultaneously with the Structure Plan for Seymour and the community ‘Vision for the Town’. The levee will be designed to ensure that, as much as possible, it does not create a physical or visual barrier to enjoyment of the Goulburn River and includes provision for walking and cycling paths linked to the wider regional network.
    Visit the Project page for more information.