Engaging Mitchell

Welcome to Mitchell Shire Council’s online community engagement hub.

This is 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 share your thoughts and have your views heard.

Join our Community Voice Panel

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

Welcome to Mitchell Shire Council’s online community engagement hub.

This is 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 share your thoughts and have your views heard.

Join our Community Voice Panel

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

  • Mitchell Youth Survey 2017

    over 2 years ago
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    Mitchell Youth Services is conducting a survey to find out what young people really think about living in our Shire. We are inviting youth aged 10 to 24 to complete this survey. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will only take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

    The primary purpose of Youth Services is to actively promote, develop and encourage the physical, social, mental and spiritual wellbeing of young people through providing, facilitating, planning, funding and advocating for the needs and issues of young people, their families and the community.


    Mitchell Youth Services is conducting a survey to find out what young people really think about living in our Shire. We are inviting youth aged 10 to 24 to complete this survey. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will only take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

    The primary purpose of Youth Services is to actively promote, develop and encourage the physical, social, mental and spiritual wellbeing of young people through providing, facilitating, planning, funding and advocating for the needs and issues of young people, their families and the community.


  • Mitchell Shire Council Social Justice Framework

    8 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

    8 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

    8 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.

    8 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

    8 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?

    8 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.


  • Whiteheads Creek flood maps - submissions now closed.

    8 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    In collaboration with the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA), we're conducting a flood study on Whiteheads Creek and its tributaries.

    The study will help with future development decisions within the Whiteheads Creek Floodplain. The maps will also assist with identifying any impacts on the Whiteheads Creek due to the future construction of a levee to protect Seymour from flooding of the Goulburn River.

    You can view the maps, find out about the drop in sessions and share a photo of flooding from Whiteheads Creek online. You can also view the maps at the Seymour Customer and Library Service Centre on Anzac Avenue.

    Drop in sessions are on Tuesday 15 August from 2-8pm, Wednesday 23 August from 10.30am-4.30pm, and Thursday 7 September from 2pm-8pm at the Chittick Park Community Place in Seymour (next door to the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre).

    In collaboration with the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA), we're conducting a flood study on Whiteheads Creek and its tributaries.

    The study will help with future development decisions within the Whiteheads Creek Floodplain. The maps will also assist with identifying any impacts on the Whiteheads Creek due to the future construction of a levee to protect Seymour from flooding of the Goulburn River.

    You can view the maps, find out about the drop in sessions and share a photo of flooding from Whiteheads Creek online. You can also view the maps at the Seymour Customer and Library Service Centre on Anzac Avenue.

    Drop in sessions are on Tuesday 15 August from 2-8pm, Wednesday 23 August from 10.30am-4.30pm, and Thursday 7 September from 2pm-8pm at the Chittick Park Community Place in Seymour (next door to the Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre).

  • Draft Seymour Structure Plan out now - submissions now closed

    8 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    We've prepared a new plan to guide and shape the future direction of Seymour.

    The draft Seymour Structure Plan is a comprehensive document that outlines directions for future planning and development in the town and highlights opportunities for change, while ensuring the area will be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

    The plan identifies eight key elements that aid in forming a vision for Seymour:

    1. Character and Identity
    2. Activity Centres
    3. Employment and Economic Development
    4. Residential Development
    5. Natural Environment and Landscape
    6. Community Facilities and Open Space
    7. Movement and Access
    8. Services and Utilities

    Seymour is already home to a proud and well-serviced community. However, over the next 20 years the town has the potential to become a major regional centre. This presents some fantastic opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors. It also means we need a clear plan for growth and land use that encourages development that attracts jobs, supports residential growth and provides quality services, while retaining the town’s character, heritage and natural beauty.

    Want to know more or share your thoughts?

    You can read the plan, find out about our drop-in sessions and listening post, make an online submission or find out how to make a hard copy submission on our Seymour 3660 project page.

    Submissions close 11 September 2017.

    We've prepared a new plan to guide and shape the future direction of Seymour.

    The draft Seymour Structure Plan is a comprehensive document that outlines directions for future planning and development in the town and highlights opportunities for change, while ensuring the area will be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

    The plan identifies eight key elements that aid in forming a vision for Seymour:

    1. Character and Identity
    2. Activity Centres
    3. Employment and Economic Development
    4. Residential Development
    5. Natural Environment and Landscape
    6. Community Facilities and Open Space
    7. Movement and Access
    8. Services and Utilities

    Seymour is already home to a proud and well-serviced community. However, over the next 20 years the town has the potential to become a major regional centre. This presents some fantastic opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors. It also means we need a clear plan for growth and land use that encourages development that attracts jobs, supports residential growth and provides quality services, while retaining the town’s character, heritage and natural beauty.

    Want to know more or share your thoughts?

    You can read the plan, find out about our drop-in sessions and listening post, make an online submission or find out how to make a hard copy submission on our Seymour 3660 project page.

    Submissions close 11 September 2017.

  • Sutherland Reserve Playground Upgrade - feedback has closed

    8 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    The playground at Sutherland Reserve in Broadford is in need of a makeover – and Council is calling on the community to tell us what they’d like included.

    Regular park users and nearby residents are encouraged to let Council know what features they’d like to see in the playground as part of the $75,000 upgrade.

    Through an online survey, letterbox drops and community drop-in sessions, Council is asking people to prioritise a range of playground equipment from nature play areas and swings to rockers, spinners and various climbing structures.

    Feedback has now closed.

    The playground at Sutherland Reserve in Broadford is in need of a makeover – and Council is calling on the community to tell us what they’d like included.

    Regular park users and nearby residents are encouraged to let Council know what features they’d like to see in the playground as part of the $75,000 upgrade.

    Through an online survey, letterbox drops and community drop-in sessions, Council is asking people to prioritise a range of playground equipment from nature play areas and swings to rockers, spinners and various climbing structures.

    Feedback has now closed.