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 Social Justice Framework

    5 days ago
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    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... Continue reading

    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 19th October and can be made via a hard copy (insert hyperlink) or online via the Make a Submission tab.

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


  • Share your ideas at Wallan Town Heart Community Workshop

    9 days ago
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    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... Continue reading

    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).

  • $4.09m for Wallan Town Heart - draft plans out now

    20 days ago
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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.
  • Want to join the Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee?

    25 days ago
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    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.


    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.


  • Did you know we have a Public Question Time at our Hearings Committee meetings?

    23 days ago
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    Did you know there is a dedicated monthly forum where you can pose a question to Council as part of our formal Council meeting cycle?

    Since February 2015, the Hearings Committee has been held once a month, with up to 30 minutes for public question time, as well as the opportunity to make presentations and submissions to Council.

    In a bid to increase community awareness of the meeting and encourage more questions, Council has renamed it to the Community Questions and Hearings Committee and you can now lodge your question online here.

    Did you know there is a dedicated monthly forum where you can pose a question to Council as part of our formal Council meeting cycle?

    Since February 2015, the Hearings Committee has been held once a month, with up to 30 minutes for public question time, as well as the opportunity to make presentations and submissions to Council.

    In a bid to increase community awareness of the meeting and encourage more questions, Council has renamed it to the Community Questions and Hearings Committee and you can now lodge your question online here.

  • Whiteheads Creek flood maps - submissions now closed.

    about 1 month ago
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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

    2 months ago
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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.

  • Help to shine a light on our unsung heroes this Australia Day - applications now closed

    about 1 month ago
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    Join the awards committee

    Do you love recognising the great work by members of our community that may otherwise go un-noticed? If the answer is yes, the Mitchell Shire Australia Day Awards need your help.

    We're looking to the community to help us to seek out these unsung heroes and to help assess the nominations and make recommendations to Council for consideration.

    The Committee will be made up of three to six residents from across the Shire, along with a member of our Youth Council, Mayor Rhonda Sanderson, Cr Bill Chisholm, Cr Annie Goble, and Cr Bob Cornish.

    Successful candidates will be elected for a two-year term, with an option for a further two-year term.

    Host our Awards and Citizenship Ceremony for 2018

    We're also seeking expressions of interest to host Mitchell's 2018 Awards and Citizenship ceremony

    Nominations close 14 September.

    Join the awards committee

    Do you love recognising the great work by members of our community that may otherwise go un-noticed? If the answer is yes, the Mitchell Shire Australia Day Awards need your help.

    We're looking to the community to help us to seek out these unsung heroes and to help assess the nominations and make recommendations to Council for consideration.

    The Committee will be made up of three to six residents from across the Shire, along with a member of our Youth Council, Mayor Rhonda Sanderson, Cr Bill Chisholm, Cr Annie Goble, and Cr Bob Cornish.

    Successful candidates will be elected for a two-year term, with an option for a further two-year term.

    Host our Awards and Citizenship Ceremony for 2018

    We're also seeking expressions of interest to host Mitchell's 2018 Awards and Citizenship ceremony

    Nominations close 14 September.

  • Sutherland Reserve Playground Upgrade - feedback has closed

    about 1 month ago
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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.

  • Community Environment Survey

    4 months ago
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    Do you care about your local environment? Do you undertake weed control or tree planting or do you have solar panels? Maybe you would like to but don't know where to start.

    Council is undertaking a community environment survey to obtain baseline data gain a better understanding of what our community values most about the natural environment, what environmental and sustainability works and activities are being undertaken and any barriers preventing these actions.


    Do you care about your local environment? Do you undertake weed control or tree planting or do you have solar panels? Maybe you would like to but don't know where to start.

    Council is undertaking a community environment survey to obtain baseline data gain a better understanding of what our community values most about the natural environment, what environmental and sustainability works and activities are being undertaken and any barriers preventing these actions.